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Sun, Sand and Ceilings: Women in Tourism and Hospitality Boardrooms

Sun, Sand and Ceilings: Women in Tourism and Hospitality Boardrooms

Since our first ‘Sun, Sand and Ceilings’ report in 2013, there has been some movement towards increased gender equality on company boards, in a wide range of tourism and hospitality businesses. However, women in the tourism industry are still under-represented at executive levels, despite the fact that women represent the majority of the workforce worldwide. TTG dedicated their weekly issue post-WTM 2018 to gender equality and published a feature on our latest report. To read more about our feature, please…

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‘Sun, Sand and Ceilings’ – TTG Feature

‘Sun, Sand and Ceilings’ – TTG Feature

We are delighted that TTG has featured Equality in Tourism’s new, updated report in their latest issue. ‘Sun, Sand and Ceilings’ explores current disparities in gender equality on company boards in a wide range of tourism and hospitality businesses. Our ‘Sun, Sand and Ceilings’ 2013 report found that the overall representations of women on travel and tourism company boards was just 15%. Our latest report found that the female representation at board level has increased to just 23%. Although this represents…

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Women in boardrooms – the new report

Women in boardrooms – the new report

The updated edit of our “Sea, Sand and Ceilings” report Worldwide, women represent more than half the labour force in the tourism industry – but how representative of this contribution is the distribution of senior roles in industry bodies and organisations? In 2013, we published “Sea, Sand and Ceilings” which aimed to assess the state of women in boardrooms of the industry – this included research into the leading representatives of the industry, namely hotels, tour operators, airlines, cruise liners…

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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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