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Taking Steps to Increase Women Leadership in Travel and Tourism
Witti Announces Upcoming Senior Women Leaders’ Forum

WASHINGTON, DC – April 12, 2023
Women in Travel and Tourism International (witti) will convene an
industry leadership forum in Washington D.C. on April 18 to address gender-based power imbalances
that risk impacting the domestic and global tourism industry

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PRESS RELEASE on the Witti Awards 2017!
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How Women in the Travel Industry are Tackling Gender Discrimination
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Top Women in Travel Recognized with New Award Program

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – April 20, 2017) – Women, who make up the bulk of workers in the travel industry, are now eligible for awards from a women’s organization seeking to elevate the impact of women in the industry.

The inaugural Women in Travel and Tourism International (witti) Awards are the first of its kind, honoring women in the travel and tourism industry.

Laura Mandala, CEO of Mandala Research and head of witti said, “Most people who make their living in the travel industry are women, ranging from travel agents and advisors, managers of hotel food and beverage departments, to leaders of reservations at airlines and hotels. Yet disproportionately few are represented in the most senior ranks of travel and tourism organizations.”

According to Travel Weekly, “Despite the large number of women who make up the travel and tourism workforce, when you look at the boardrooms and C-suites at some of the largest global travel companies, the numbers range from as low as one woman on an executive team of 25 at Las Vegas Sands (4 percent representation), to as high as 33 percent at American Airlines, where there are three women on the nine-person management team. Some other examples include three women on the management team of 11 at Priceline Group (27 percent); two women on Disney’s 14-member management group (14 percent); one woman on Delta’s nine-member management team (11 percent); one woman out of 13 (8 percent) on Hilton Worldwide’s executive committee; and two women on the 10-member executive committee at Amadeus (20 percent).

The awards, hosted by witti, are the first in a long list of activities the organization conducts as part of its commitment to supporting, educating, and advocating for women who work in the travel industry. This year, awards will be given to those who exemplify excellence and achievement in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Woman in Destination Management/Marketing
  • Outstanding Woman in Hospitality
  • Outstanding Woman in Shopping Tourism
  • Outstanding Woman in Travel and Transportation
  • Lifetime Achievement in Travel and Tourism
  • Rising Star in Travel and Tourism
  • Outstanding Woman in Tourism Marketing
  • Outstanding Woman in Travel/Tourism Media
  • Outstanding Woman in Travel Research
  • Outstanding Mentor in Travel and Tourism

Award sponsors include Sustaining Sponsor Las Vegas and Supporting Sponsors Event Transportation Systems and Chicago’s First Lady. The awards will be presented at the annual brunch of Women in Travel and Tourism during the IPW conference of the U.S. Travel Association on Sunday, June 4 in Washington DC. For more information about how to enter and vote please visit the Women in Travel and Tourism International 2017 Awards page here. Nominations close May 5

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Witti announces Top Women in Travel Awards.
The Travel Industry’s First Award Program acknowledging the women who are making a difference.
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Witti Hosted a Mimosa Brunch at the New Orleans Collection’s Hotel Mazarin.
WITTI had the great pleasure of hosting Kelly Craighead at the 2016 IPW Conference in New Orleans. Craighead is the Executive Director of the National Travel and Tourism Office within the International Trade Administration.

White Paper on U.S. Passport Usage
Mandala Research and University of Florida, Tourism Crisis Institute have issued a white paper on U.S. passport usage. The white paper examines the impact of lost/stolen passports on United States citizens. Click HERE for the white paper.

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