Published on : Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Women in Travel CIC, the social enterprise dedicated to empowering women through employability and entrepreneurship in the travel industry, has announced that its second International Women in Travel & Tourism Forum will take place in a digital format, from 10 – 15 May 2021. As the only international forum in which senior leaders and up-and-coming female talent from across the global travel industry come together to share, learn and challenge issues around gender diversity and inclusion, the International Women in Travel & Tourism Forum will explore five main themes over five afternoons, and one optional experiential day.
Speakers will includeLaura Storm the Founder of Regenerators, co-author of Regenerative Leadership and WEF Young Global Leader, who will be delivering a keynote address on regenerative leadership, as well as NataliaBayona the Director of Innovation, Education, and Investments at UNWTO, MartiniqueLewis, Diversity in Travel Consultant and President of Black Travel Alliance and John Bevan, CEO ofdnata Travel Europe.
Sessions will be live and also available on-demand to registered attendees in the weeks following the event. Intrepid Travel, who helped launch the inaugural IWTTF last year, remains a key partner of the innovative digital event in 2021 which has also attracted sponsorship from key industry stakeholders including ATPCO, Google, Intertek, Intimina, OAG, TUI and The University of Surrey School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.
Alessandra Alonso, Founder, Women in Travel CIC said in a statement that 2021 International Women in Travel & Tourism Forum is more relevant than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted the travel and tourism sector globally. She mentioned that by holding this Forum in May, organisers hope to contribute to the travel and tourism industry’s recovery and longer-term success by providing a space for women and like-minded men to come together to share ways to build back better, and accelerate diversity and inclusion in the sector.
Zina Bencheikh, Managing Director, EMEA at Intrepid Travel and the Chair of The International Women in Travel & Tourism Forum 2021 added that Women in Travel CIC shares many values at Intrepid Travel, particularly the belief that a sustainable travel industry cannot prevail without female empowerment. She mentioned that following the most challenging of years, this year’s digital International Women in Travel & Tourism Forum is more important than ever as it will examine the impact of the pandemic on women in the industry and look ahead to the future.