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Evolvin’ Women: A Social Enterprise with a Focus on Hospitality

Evolvin’ Women: A Social Enterprise with a Focus on Hospitality

Assia Riccio is the founder of the Evolvin’ Women, an idea that occurred to her in 2011 when after winning the prestigious Olive Barnet award she could take up courses at Cornell. It was at Cornell that she met Wilma, a Ghanaian who asked why she was there – Assia was one of the youngest – and at that moment she felt incredibly grateful for the opportunity. She believed she benefitted from the course and wanted to allow others to…

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Posadas in Paraguay – turning homes into homestays

Posadas in Paraguay – turning homes into homestays

This effort in Paraguay felt like a perfect fit for our International Women’s Day focus series. A public-private partnership between household goods company Inverfin and SENATUR, the Paraguayan tourism department, has provided investment to women who wish to turn their private homes into ‘posadas’ – tourist lodges. The program has been a huge success, with over 200 such accommodation businesses now found in more than 60 locations around the country, and 90% of them being run by women. But how…

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“Beyond the Rings” – a shortfilm about the Kayan women

“Beyond the Rings” – a shortfilm about the Kayan women

A while back we were approached by filmmaker Marko Randelovic, who shared with us his film Beyond The Rings, which takes viewers on a journey to meet the Kayan women, also known as “the long necked women”. It’s a beautifully shot film which approaches its subjects with sensitivity and is narrated by one of the local Kayan women. For us here at Equality in Tourism, the film raised many questions – which we will elaborate on below – but ultimately,…

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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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