Women in Travel (CIC), the social enterprise dedicated to empowering women through employability and entrepreneurship in the travel industry, has announced it will partner with World Travel Market (WTM) London to host a series of webinars on race, allyship, risk and diversity in the travel industry.

BAME Women in Travel’s first virtual panel in partnership with WTM London, will be held on 10th September 2020 at 2pm BST and will focus on the concept of allyship as the driving force for diversity and inclusion in the travel and tourism industry. Sitting on the panel will be:

  • Uwern Jong, Editor in Chief of Out There magazine
  • Eulanda Osagiede, Founder of Hey! Dip Your Toes In
  • Alex Temblador, Writer and Award-Winning Author
  • Roberto Balasco, Direct Sales Manager for Celebrity Cruises
  • Bex Shapiro, Senior Editorial Manager at Intrepid Travel

The panel will be hosted by Executive Director of BAME Women In Travel, Jamie-Lee Abtar, and will showcase industry insiders in order to get to the core of addressing racial equality as a social, moral and business issue through the lens of fostering allyship in the workplace. The panel will cover how employers can cultivate a sense of belonging for employees and will provide practical examples from the travel industry. The session will also be drawing on BAME Women in Travel’s work in assisting black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women in the travel and tourism industry to fulfil their economic and individual potential through customised training and mentoring. Those interested can sign up here: https://bit.ly/3lo4rUh.

Women in Travel will also host two virtual webinars during the first ever WTM Virtual event in November. The first session will see Women in Travel unpick the concept of risk by looking through the lens of diversity. The webinar led by Women in Travel Founder Alessandra Alonso, will focus on how the perception of risk is changing. During the webinar the expert panel of speakers will discuss the risk related to travel safety in light of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. The second virtual webinar hosted by BAME Women in Travel will uncover racial risk and during WTM Virtual, Women in Travel will also offer live mentoring sessions to foster support for women and help develop their entrepreneurial and employment goals and perspectives.

Women in Travel’s partnership with WTM London will also see Women in Travel publish content about the importance of allyship as the key driver of fostering inclusion in the travel industry on WTM ‘s Global Hub Blog, with the first post available to view here: https://bit.ly/3ljxU1q. Women in Travel’s blog posts will give readers insight into its downloadable tool kit on how to be a better ally, whilst also focusing on BAME Women in Travel’s virtual Masterclass series on allyship, recruitment and mentoring taking place on 30th September, 1st and 2nd October 2020 which can be signed up for here: bit.ly/BAMEWITMasterclasses. Those interested in reading Women in Travel’s blog posts in partnership with WTM London should visit: hub.wtm.com/wtm-blog/.

Speaking about BAME Women in Travel’s involvement with WTM London, Jamie-Lee Abtar, Executive Director, said: “Allyship is the driving force for encouraging diversity and inclusion in the travel and tourism industry, so working closely with WTM London to promote this offers a fantastic opportunity for BAME Women in Travel to publicly foster greater inclusion for the black, Asian, and minority ethnic community in this sector.”

Commenting on the partnership with WTM London, Alessandra Alonso, the Founder of Women in Travel (CIC) added: “Through teaming up with WTM London, a formidable travel industry ally, Women in Travel aims to empower women by educating both men and women across the industry of the importance of acting as an ally and promoting allyship in order to drive change, and to ensure that travel organisations attract, recruit, retain and develop BAME and diverse talent.”

For more information about Women in Travel, visit www.womenintravelcic.com.


Image Captions:
Image 1: Founder of Women In Travel, Alessandra Alonso.
Image 2: Women In Travel (CIC) announces Autumn partnership with WTM London.
Image 3: Executive Director of BAME Women In Travel, Jamie-Lee Abtar.

About Women in Travel
Women in Travel (CIC) started life as a gender focused platform at World Travel Market flagship event in London, in 2014. Growing successfully from then onwards, in 2017 it was incorporated as a social enterprise dedicated to empowering women through employability and entrepreneurship in Travel Tourism and Hospitality. Its vision is to become a catalyst for sustainability by placing women at the heart of an industry which is inherently attractive to females and growing at a fast pace. It is the brain-child of Alessandra Alonso, who has been recognised as a trail-blazer when it comes to gender diversity in the industry and who has supported women in maximising their opportunity in the travel, tourism and hospitality (TTH) industry for well over a decade, originally through Shine & the Shine Awards. Women in Travel partners with employers to provide the first Women Returners service through which the industry can access a pool of marginalised but often highly skilled women who are eager to get back to work. Women in Travel also runs entrepreneurship focused events, mentoring and networking supporting start up and early stage female entrepreneurs and those wanting to start a business, particularly of BAME background.

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