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 and industry associations. In 2013 we found women made up only 15.2% of board members.
The year is 2018. We are in the era of #MeToo, government-set quotas and increasing public demand for more equitable representation. We wanted to know what – if anything – has changed? Our most recent research, based on publicly available data of 53 UK and international companies, has found that female representation had increased to only 23 percent in the intervening years. This remains far below UK as well as EU targets and directives, nor is it representative of the disproportionately female labour force that keeps tourism going.
We are pleased that leading industry publication TTG will be presenting our findings exclusively in an upcoming issue, to be published on 15 November. Pick up a copy and visit their website for an interview with the authors and exclusive insights into the report.
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