Equality in Tourism responds to UNWTO Discussion Paper on International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

Equality in Tourism responds to UNWTO Discussion Paper on International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

The UN World Tourism Organisation recently released a Discussion Paper on the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, asking for comments from a range of key stakeholders in the field. Equality in Tourism submitted a detailed response, analysing the approach to gender issues taken in the paper and providing recommendations for improvement in this area. We commend the inclusion of SDG5 as a key theme in the Discussion Paper, but have a number of concerns…

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Presentation on gender and tourism homestays at European Conference on Politics and Gender

Presentation on gender and tourism homestays at European Conference on Politics and Gender

Director Lucy Ferguson and Associate Sarah Becklake presented a paper at the European Conference on Politics and Gender on tourism homestays. The conference was held at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 8-10th June 2017. The paper – entitled “Mothering tourists: a feminist political economy of tourism homestays in Guatemala” – explores the gendered social reproductive labour that is involved in homestays. The paper draws upon five months of ethnographic field research conducted by Sarah Becklake in the small city of…

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Welcome to our new Associate Maud Kumbirayi Masiyiwa

Welcome to our new Associate Maud Kumbirayi Masiyiwa

Maud’s mission is to encourage uplifting women in Africa to key decision-making positions, transparent ownership within the tourism industry, and handing the baton over to the younger female entrants. She has widespread training and development experience with a focus on Small Micro and Medium Enterprise(SMME) development: read more here. Maud, who is Zimbabwean, grew up in Zambia and cut her entrepreneurial teeth from a fairly young age by managing some of her parents’ successful business ventures. After returning to Zimbabwe…

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Maud Kumbirayi Masiyiwa

Maud Kumbirayi Masiyiwa

Maud’s mission is to encourage uplifting women in Africa to key decision-making positions, transparent ownership within the tourism industry, and handing the baton over to the younger female entrants. She has widespread training and development experience with a focus on Small Micro and Medium Enterprise(SMME) development: read more here. Maud has worked on AgriTourism projects, Women and Youth Empowerment Initiatives, National Tourism Clustering Market Plans, Community Based Tourism initiatives, and Local Tourism Development Strategy plans to name but a few….

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Great EiT presence at CTS Conference 2017

Great EiT presence at CTS Conference 2017

The annual Critical Tourism Studies Conference once again brought together many inspiring researchers, practitioners and advocates to discuss topical trends and developments in tourism around the world. Held from 25 – 29 June in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the event called for “understanding tourism – changing tourism“, and on us all to understand ourselves and change our behaviour accordingly. We were pleased that no less than three of our Associates had been invited to share their insight at the event…

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Sarah Junker

Sarah Junker

Sarah is a marketing and communications specialist with agency and in-house experience and a MSc in Development Studies. Her dissertation focused on the gendered labour market in the global tourism sector, with special focus on how both migration and traditional care work influence career opportunities within the industry. Sarah has focused on tourism studies and gender dimensions throughout her studies and was able to gain insight into the industry whilst working closely with tour operators and destinations for 5 years….

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