Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

It is important for us to acknowledge and celebrate individuals who break the often-established taboo of women working within the tourism industry, as well as the communities and countries that enable them to do so. Recently, we came across a heartening story in the Times of Oman. Since June this year, the government has noted an increase in the number of Omani women showing a keen interest in working within the industry and becoming tour guides. The role of a…

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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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Trustee positions available – come join us

Trustee positions available – come join us

Big news! We are looking for two trustees to join our team – somebody with fundraising experience and another with accountancy skills. We need to now grow our team of dedicated advocates and supporters as we continue with our mission to ensure gender equality in tourism around the world. As a trustee, you will be responsible for ensuring Equality in Tourism stays true to its mission and vision, as well as to the key tenets of good governance. It’s an…

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Where are all the women chefs?

Where are all the women chefs?

Gender stereotypes are often used to explain horizontal and vertical segregation in the tourism and hospitality industries, but there is one area that demands we question this (at least to some extent): the kitchen. Did you know that women make up just around 20% of chefs in the UK? And yet one of the most prevalent stereotypes is surely that a woman’s place is in the kitchen! The statistics might be understood as an example of transcending gender stereotypes (men in…

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Unique Insights and Lively Discussions at the Symposium

Unique Insights and Lively Discussions at the Symposium

On Thursday, 13 September, around 40 academics, tour operators, charity workers, consultants and public sector workers joined us at Intrepid Group‘s Brixton offices to hear from four speakers and discuss gender equality in tourism. Stroma Cole presented her new book Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment, highlighting a selection of personal stories of women around the world and illustrating their experiences of working in tourism. CABI was on hand to answer questions on the book and sell copies to attendees….

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Summer Conference Season

Summer Conference Season

This summer our associates have been busy presenting research at a number of international conferences on the topic of gender and tourism. We feel it is time to celebrate women who are working to promote research into this area and change the status quo of male-dominated conferences. At the beginning of the summer, our director Dr. Stroma Cole and our associate Dr. Hazel Tucker organised a session on Gender and Tourism Power at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Toronto. The…

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