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’
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.
- 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.
|All Day||ARRIVALS / International delegates|
|19.30 to 22.30||OPENING DINNER – Sponsored by Promote Iceland||Inga Hlín Pálsdóttir, Director Visit Iceland at Promote Iceland|
Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Minister of Tourism
|8.15 am||Registration and Coffee|
|8.45 am||WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS||Alessandra Alonso, founder Women in Travel cic|
Jo Phillips, Chief People Officer, Carnival UK
|9.00 am||KEY NOTE ADDRESS|
followed by Q&A Iceland has led the charge when it comes to gender balance and according to research by the World Economic Forum’s Gender Parity Report it remains one of the most rapidly improving nations on the index. How has the country got this far? How has greater gender parity benefited this island state and what can other countries learns from this success story?
|The First Lady of Iceland, Mrs. Eliza Reid Q&A|
Moderated by: Jo Phillips, Chief People Officer, Carnival UK
|10.00 am||TRAVEL AND TOURISM: THE GENDER BALANCE BENEFITS|
In this session we take a deep dive into Iceland’s Travel & Tourism industry to investigate the factor contributing to its success and how has a diverse mix of thoughts and skills contributed in making Iceland the successful destination it is today
|Eva Maria Thorarinsdottir, CEO and co-owner of Pink Iceland|
Bjarnheidur Hallsdottir – Chairman of the Board of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association and CEO of Katla DMI
Thorsteinn Viglundsson – MP and former Minister of Social Affairs and Equality
Kristín A. Árnadóttir – Ambassador and a Special Envoy for Gender Equality
Moderated by: Alessandra Alonso, WIT cic
|11.00 am||COFFEE BREAK|
|11.15 am||LEADING THE INDUSTRY|
What does successful leadership look like in travel and tourism? Which traits and attributes make for successful leaders? And how do we make sure these are recognised and nurtured in all individuals? We hear from four senior leaders on how we can accelerate gender balance at the top.
|Giles Hawke CEO, Cosmos UK & Ireland|
Lauren Grech, CEO, LLG Events
Manal Kelig, Co-Founder GWE & Executive Director ATTA
|12.15 pm||REDIFINING TALENT, CAPABILITY, OPPORTUNITY AND SUCCESS – sponsored by Intimina|
To achieve gender balance, organisations must reconsider their existing definitions and assumptions about skills, career paths and critical success factors. Here we explore the reality of women’s aspirations, career phases and life-cycles, now and in the future.
|Tess Mattisson, Senior Director European Marketing, Choice Hotels|
Hannah Leach, Director, Employee Experience and culture, Carnival UK
Danela Zagar, Global Brand Manager, Intimina
|13.15 pm||NETWORKING LUNCH|
|14.00 pm||INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON GENDER AND THE CULTURE EQUATION|
The UN’s sustainability goal number 5 is about achieving gender equality to empower women and girls. In this session we explore how the role of women in different cultures has shaped travel and tourism initiatives in different geographies around the world.
|Zina Bencheikh, Regional GM, EMENA PEAK DMC|
|15.00 pm||BRIGHT IDEAS WITH PROVEN RESULTS|
Inspiring case studies of tried and tested things your organisation can do to foster gender inclusion at work
|Diamondair International – UK,|
Jessica Meza, CEO, Haugan Cruises/Palmazul
ATPCO – USA,
Clare Evans, Easyjet – UK
|16.00 pm||COFFEE BREAK|
|16.15 pm||ENGAGING WITH TOMORROW’S LEADERS Sponsored by Intimina|
A chance to meet and understand through a reverse mentoring approach the perspectives of the people who’ll inherit our legacy in the travel and tourism industry.
|17.15 pm||FINAL WORDS, SUMMING UP and CONCLUSIONS||Alessandra Alonso, Founder, WIT cic|
|17.45 pm||FAREWELL COCKTAIL|
|Optional EXTENDED SOCIAL PROGRAMME – Sponsored by PEAK DMC|
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:
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.
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:
The UK CEO of Cosmos and Avalon Cruises, Giles Hawke, is yet another heavy-weight speaker confirmed for the first International Women In Travel & Tourism Forum, taking place in Reykjavik on 23-24 January 2020. Giles will explore a pertinent and global question for our times, around what successful leadership looks like in travel and tourism. Which traits and attributes make for successful leaders? And how do we make sure these are recognised and nurtured in all individuals?Read Full Press Release
Iceland’s First Lady, Eliza Reid, has confirmed she will be sharing her experience and views on gender equality in Iceland and within the tourism sector at the first International Women In Travel & Tourism Forum taking place in her host country’s capital Reykjavik on 23-24 January 2020.Read Full Press Release
Women in Travel CIC, the social enterprise dedicated to empowering women though employability and entrepreneurship in the travel and tourism industry, has announced its first International Women in Travel & Tourism Forum will take place January 23-24 2020 in Iceland, a country leading in gender equality. Iceland’s First Lady, Eliza Reid, will be the event’s keynote speaker.Read Full Press Release