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Unfortunately due to the current unexpected circumstances and having now spoken to the Committee and all parties involved including airlines, airports, tourism board and delegates, we have made the decision to POSTPONE THE FORUM BY ONE DAY.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE UPDATED SCHEDULE

Therefore:

1. We aim to open the Forum on from Friday evening

2. We will aim to continue the Forum on Saturday for at least part of the day.

3. The schedule may need to change somewhat but we will do our best to keep it as close as possible to what was originally planned.

4. For those who are there or arriving today please note that PEAK DMC is planning a tour for tomorrow for at least part of the day so that you can make the most of your time there.

Please contact [email protected]

The 1st International Women in Travel & Tourism Forum

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik

23- 24 JANUARY 2020

‘Shaping a gender inclusive industry to meet the talent and leadership needs of the 21st century’

INTRODUCTION

This is the very first international forum in which senior leaders and up-and-coming female talent from across the industry come together to share, learn; challenge and progress their understanding of gender diversity and inclusion.

It is an innovative and collaborative forum, focussed on enhancing the full contribution of women to the workplace and jointly address current limitations.

An inclusive and non-conventional platform designed to encourage connections, engagement and participation of women and like-minded men.

Jointly developed by industry leaders Carnival UK, Visit Iceland/Promote Iceland and PEAK DMC with gender focused social enterprise Women in Travel.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about global approaches to gender diversity and inclusion
  • Understand the needs/aspirations of next generation female leaders
  • Take away practical tools to implement ‘at home’
  • Network with broader, global industry contacts

We are delighted that the First Lady of Iceland Eliza Reid will be the inaugural event’s key note speaker.

In addition, a free, exciting and sympathetic social programme will be available to those extending their stay over the weekend.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH FOR FUTURE EVENTS

DESTINATION & STAY

The Forum takes place in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, a country of extreme geological contrasts. Widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”, Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the world’s most active volcanoes. Iceland is also the land of light and darkness. Long summer days with near 24-hours of sunshine are offset by short winter days with only a few hours of daylight.

There will be an opportunity to explore this magical island during the weekend, thanks to the official and free of charge tours offered by our sponsors PEAK DMC, but PLEASE NOTE places are limited so do not forget to identify your chosen tour(s) on the registration form!

Do not miss the opportunity to discover all that Iceland has to offer and find out about your destination through the Official Website.

VENUE & ACCOMODATION

The Forum takes places at the 4-star Radisson Blu Saga Hotel where Forum’s guests are able to book their discounted accommodation through a preferential channel following this link:

Women in 2020 Radisson Blu Saga Accommodation.

The hotel is located in the heart of Reykjavík’s popular west-town district. Awarded by the World Travel Awards, as Iceland‘s Leading Business Hotel several years in a row, the hotel is newly renovated and conveniently located within Reykjavík‘s educational district and surrounded by a large free parking area. Built by the Icelandic farmers with a unique taste for modern architecture, the newly renovated hotel has 235 rooms with views of Reykjavík’s surrounding mountains and glaciers, on-site gym, a bank, beauty centre and a hair salon.

The hotel features 7 fully equipped meeting rooms with natural light for conferences and personal events. The hotel also provides a choice of two restaurants both known for their award-winning chefs. The Grillid, located on the top floor of the hotel is an acclaimed restaurant with a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Mímir restaurant is a vibrant newcomer located on the first floor of the hotel and offers an exotic taste in food and drink.

With the hotel‘s strong link to agriculture ensures that the menus and cuisine of Hótel Saga are designed with reference to modern, Icelandic culinary traditions. This‚ ‘‘head to tail‘‘ food concept is intended to impress upon our guests the fact that they are enjoying the very best that Icelandic farmers and manufacturers have to offer.

AIR TRAVEL

If you are travelling to the Forum by air, a wide range of airlines have regular flights to the main international airport, Keflavik.

A bus service is operated between Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport. Buses leave Reykjavík approximately 2.5 hours before flight departure. The drive from the airport to Reykjavík takes about 40-50 minutes.

More information about airlines and flights can be found here:

If you are travelling from the UK, EasyJet, Icelandair and British Airways have regular flights from London, Manchester and Edinburgh to Keflavik.

Reykjavik Excursions has offered a 50% discount for participants on the airport transfer with FlyBus. Participants can book directly themselves on their website using the promo code WOMENINTRAVEL at checkout.The discount is available for travels throughout January. The roundtrip is 3299 ISK with the discount, 4299 ISK if they want a drop off at Radisson hotel Saga.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH FOR FUTURE EVENTS

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We have many sponsorship opportunities available for your company to gain visibility and brand engagement.

 

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DELEGATES

NAME

COUNTRY

SPONSOR COMPANY

Jo Phillips

United Kingdom

Rosie Sims

United Kingdom

Susan Farrugia

United Kingdom

Ellie Alcock

United Kingdom

Ian Strangeway

United Kingdom

Kat Jennings

United Kingdom

Simon Flower

United Kingdom

Katie Peterson

United Kingdom

Hannah Leach

United Kingdom

Zina Bencheikh

Morocco

Hend Magdy

Morocco

Jurate Akuceviciute

Morocco

Ance Svajnger

Iceland

Kris Svajnger

Iceland

Kolbrun Lisa Halfadanardottir

Iceland

Masha Smirnova

Russia

Paulina Pierzak

Russia

Safia Ajouad

Morocco

Maria Björk Gunnarsdottir

Iceland

Oddný Arnarsdóttir

Iceland

Pétur Þ. Óskarsson

Iceland

Alessandra Alonso

United Kingdom

Deziree Iris

United Kingdom

Jamie Lee Abtar

United Kingdom

Milly Morris

United Kingdom

Lauren Von Stackelberg

United Kingdom

Veronica Velazquez

USA

Darshika Jones

United Kingdom

Robyn Nixon

United Kingdom

Rebecca Shapiro

United Kingdom

Emma Smallwood

United Kingdom

Duncan Horton

United Kingdom

Adriana Cavalcanti

Brazil

Ingibjorg Olafsdottir

Iceland

Herund Sverrisdottir

Iceland

Addis Dogg Omarsdottir

Iceland

Lauren Aste

United Kingdom

Beth Santos

USA

Rasha Shawoosh

KSA

Roba Aljohani

KSA

Jennifer Gaskin

Australia

Brigette Ward

Australia

Sigurjona Sverrisdottir

Iceland

Rannveig Gretarsdottir

Iceland

Sunna Thordadottir

Iceland

Ásberg Jónsson

Iceland

Hafdís Þóra Hafsteinsdóttir

Iceland

Arna Sigrún Haraldsdóttir

Iceland

Kristjana Björk Barðdal

Iceland

Joelle Sfeir

Lebanon

Katherine Shabnan

Lebanon

John Murphy

USA

Catherine Mayuga

USA

Ulyana Uebersezing

USA

Francesca Benati

Italy

Laura Perez

Spain

Emily Firth

Netherlands

Martinique Lewis

USA

Michelle Spiney

Iceland

Nadine Arab

Lebanon

Fiona Anderson

United Kingdom

Sarah Salord

United Kingdom

Micaela Giacobbe

United Kingdom

Maria Tullberg

Sweden

Dr. Cristina Figueroa – Domecq

United Kingdom

Dr. Albert Kimbu

United Kingdom

Dr. Mariana Aldrigui

Brazil

Valeria Cerri

Italy

Claire Evans

UK

Amanda Johnson

United Kingdom

Rhiannon Parker

United Kingdom

Andrea Grisdale

Italy

Anne Cope

United Kingdom

Nada Raphael

Lebanon

Olof Atladottir

KSA

Beth Taylor

USA

Toby Horry

United Kingdom

Anna Lewis-Laverty

United Kingdom

Jessica Meza

Ecuador

Eliana Fajardo

Ecuador

Bjarnheiður Hallsdóttir

Iceland

Danela Zagar

Croatia

Sara Kranjčec Jukić

Croatia

Eva Maria Thorarinsdottir

Iceland

Þorsteinn Víglundsson

Iceland

Tess Mattisson

United Kingdom

Maya Hadziselimovic

Germany

Sharon Elizabeth De Almeida Conceição

Brazil

Kiia Kilander

United Kingdom

Claire Steiner

United Kingdom

Erla Kristin Kjartansdottir

Iceland

Manal Kelig

Egypt

Daniel Pearce

United Kingdom

Jennifer Morris

United Kingdom

Giles Hawke

United Kingdom

Lesley Smith

United Kingdom

Rhama Kahn

Oman

Nabiha Kahn

Oman

Lena Awad

Palestine

Nada Awad

Palestine

Birna Ósk Einarsdóttir

Iceland

Gudrun Valdismarsdottir

Iceland

Thordis Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir

Iceland

Christina Lawford

United Kingdom

Sandra Petrides

United Kingdom

Abi Ijasanmi

United Kingdom

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