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Inside the book: María Isabel’s story

Inside the book: María Isabel’s story

In this excerpt from the new book Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment, we meet María Isabel from Ecuador. We found out about her story through our associate Carla Ricaurte Quijano, who is Associate Professor in Tourism at the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Guayaquil, the region María calls her home. Here’s her story. “I live in Puná, an island in the Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador. I’ve been working in tourism for 14 years now. When I first…

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Inside the book: Leila’s story

Inside the book: Leila’s story

In our ‘behind the scenes’ series celebrating the publication of Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment, we will be introducing some of the women who contributed their personal stories to the book. We start off with Leila Lamara, a tour guide from Morocco. It began with a family trip to Morcoco in 2017, where yours truly was lucky enough to be guided around that beautiful country by a formidable woman named… Leila. Speaking at least four languages fluently and knowing…

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Inside Look: more from ‘Gender Equality and Tourism’

Inside Look: more from ‘Gender Equality and Tourism’

The oft-repeated rhetoric by the UNWTO and other multinational organisations is that tourism empowers women. But is this claim actually true? Edited by our director Stroma Cole, the newly released book “Gender Equality and Tourism – Beyond Empowerment” brings together the perspectives of diverse stakeholders, from INGOs, national governments, and managers as well as employees in a variety of tourism fields. The powerful stories of women working in tourism further illustrate how, despite prejudice and stereotypes, they break free, resist…

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Book Announcement: Gender Equality in Tourism – Beyond Empowerment

Book Announcement: Gender Equality in Tourism – Beyond Empowerment

Equality in Tourism is pleased to announce, our director, Stroma Cole’s new edited book “Equality in Tourism – Beyond Empowerment” will soon be on a bookshelf near you. This book is unique in that it interweaves stories of individual women working around the world in many aspects of tourism. A primary aim of the book was to hear and (re)present women’s voices that still so often go unheard. The book includes numerous academic chapters charting women’s stories and tourism around…

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20 Books by Women that Changed Tourism (5)

20 Books by Women that Changed Tourism (5)

Today concludes the series of posts celebrating books that have changed tourism written by women authors for Academic Book Week. If you have been following the series you would have realized that we have taken to celebrating more recent books that we hope will change the industry and the academy alongside more established texts. Today we will start with one such book by Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore and Erica Wilson, who edited the 2017 Women and Travel: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. This…

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20 BOOKS BY WOMEN THAT CHANGED TOURISM (4)

20 BOOKS BY WOMEN THAT CHANGED TOURISM (4)

Judith Butler has not only changed tourism, but she has changed the World. Like many influential thinkers, it is difficult to trace her ideas, but I believe she has influenced the books that follow.  Gender Trouble, published in 1990 was the foundation for Queer theory, and brought about the performative turn in feminist theory – this is not to say that all feminists agree on this. For Judith (and many who agree with her), there is no essence of gender,…

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