TripaSista – a travel directory for women

TripaSista – a travel directory for women

This post is a contribution by Kim Burgess, co-founder of TripaSista, an Australian travel directory dedicated to catering for women travelers. Growing up on the east coast of Australia during the 1970’s and 80’s was idyllic and beautiful albeit quiet and isolated – and very “white”. The only way to experience life beyond the mind-numbing conformity was to travel overseas (or “O.S” – as it was known). If you had been “O.S”, then you had really experienced life – and…

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Maram Kokani, first female General Manager in Saudi Arabia

Maram Kokani, first female General Manager in Saudi Arabia

The below was reproduced with permission from Inge Huijbrechts, Global Vice President Responsible Business for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. In it, Maram Kokani tells of her professional life as the first female General Manager in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Worldwide Hospitality Award winner 2017. I have been very fortunate that my career in hospitality has been one where my professional achievements have not only given me great personal satisfaction but in many ways they have also had a…

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Pottering about in Crete – one woman’s solution to beating business seasonality in Greece

Pottering about in Crete – one woman’s solution to beating business seasonality in Greece

Frosso Bora is a great example of a female tourism entrepreneur – one who has created a successful and profitable business in a traditionally patriarchal country. Despite having the additional disadvantage of being a non-local in a ‘closed’ island community (Rethymno, Crete), Frosso’s determination, business acumen, and artistic talent have seen her establish a successful enterprise. Frosso is a potter who has her studio-shop-home in the Old Town of Rethymno, close to the old Venetian Fort dominating the town. She…

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Kellys Confederadas – mobilising for the rights of hotel cleaners

Kellys Confederadas – mobilising for the rights of hotel cleaners

The ‘Kellys Confederadas’ movement started in the summer of 2014. Having read an article about hotel cleaners, friends Eulalia (Lali) and Ana contacted the journalist who’d written the piece, Ernest Cañada, and offered to share their own experiences as cleaners. Ernest was keen to hear more, so for the first interview they brought together 20 women, all cleaners from the Lloret de Mar region. They proceeded to share their stories, talking about the working conditions they’d experienced across properties of…

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Focus on women – a new way to travel

Focus on women – a new way to travel

Alice Fauveau is the founder of ‘Focus on Women’, a travel agency created in 2009 in order to empower and increase the visibility of women around the world through travel. A passionate traveller, Alice saw the need to create a new kind of tourism, one that was focused on the global culture of womankind. At the agency, the focus is on trips which allow travellers to meet the valuable women who make destinations so unique and great. Through cultural immersion…

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Celebrating women in tourism for IWD 2018

Celebrating women in tourism for IWD 2018

It’s that time of year again – today is International Women’s Day! Sometimes it feels bittersweet to need a day to ‘officially’ celebrate who and what we are – when, really, we should be celebrating every day of the year. But this year it feels different. This year, with over 12 months of practical action and social movement behind us, it feels like this day is finally what it should be – what it could be. A culmination of everyday…

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