Awards 2023 Winners

Social enterprise Women in Travel CIC has announced the winners of its inaugural IWTTF Awards, which celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

The International Women in Travel and Tourism Forum (IWTTF) Awards reception was a sell-out event and was hosted by Expedia in a top-floor, balcony event space in Angel, London, on the 21st of June.

Reflecting Women in Travel CIC’s core pillars of Leadership, Talent & Recruitment, Allyship and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the award categories recognised both businesses and individuals for their awareness, achievements, initiatives and progress in the DEI space.

DEI Champions


Winner: Contiki

The judges said: Contiki is a company in which 63% of its leadership are women. They promote DEI via various initiatives that empower all genders and sexualities.

Finalists: TTG Media and Unseen Tours

Highly commended: Kalukanda House


Winner: Kanchana Gamage, The Aviatrix Project

The judges said: Kanchana has a solid mission to promote women in aviation. She has an inspiring story and clear evidence of inclusion-related initiatives.

Finalists: Tiffany Casson, Inntel Ltd and Chris King, Lightning Travel Recruitment

Highly commended: Sophie Griffiths, TTG Media

Woman Leader


Winner: Sonal Patel, Audley Travel

The judges said: Sonal is an inspiring and tireless leader making waves running superb DEI programmes from which many businesses and senior figures can learn.

Finalists: Lisa Fitzell, Elegant Resorts and Chitra Stern, Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts


Winner: Nena Chaletzos, Luxtripper

The judges said: Nena has shown a very strong commitment to promoting women and DEI. Her board is composed of 50% women and 50% individuals from different ethnic backgrounds. She truly serves as an inspiration to younger generations through her achievements.

Finalists: Althea Bunce, Sri Lanka Bespoke

Highly commended: Jennie Berry, Wheelie Good Life

Talent & Recruitment


Winner: Chris King, Lightning Travel Recruitment

The judges said: Chris goes above and beyond helping to shift the mindset of recruitment. They have a stance on initiatives, such as refusal to hire for roles that fall under £25K, and they are going against the ageing grain.

Finalists: Helen Cannon, ISON Travel and Nena Chaletzos, Luxtripper


Winner: Unseen Tours

The judges said: Unseen Tours does excellent work in changing the narrative around homelessness and providing jobs and training to the marginalised demographic.

Finalists: Luxtripper and Lightning Travel Recruitment

Highly commended: Tourleb



Winner: Stuart Greif, Forbes Travel Guide

The judges said: Stuart’s support of women and businesses in the industry is incredibly valued, noticed, and appreciated. He is a leading example for many men on being an Ally in the industry.

Finalists: David Atkin, Sanderson Phillips and Ed Lines, Google

Highly commended: Rachel Storey, Contiki


Winner: KOTO (Know One Teach One) [Vietnam]

The judges said: KOTO shows strong allyship ethos and empowerment to foster a culture of inclusive thinking, practice, policies and support for vulnerable and marginalised individuals and groups.

Finalists: Greether and Intrepid Travel


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