2022 Programme

Location:Central Saint Giles, 1-13 St Giles High St, London, WC2H 8AG

The International Women in Travel and Tourism Forum first came together as a result of a panel discussion in late 2018, moderated by Women in Travel cic and attended by industry leaders Carnival UK, Visit Iceland/Promote Iceland, Intrepid Group and by the First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid.

The panel recognised the need for an international and inclusive platform for women and like-minded men to come together to discuss ways to accelerate diversity and inclusion in the travel and tourism sector.


8:30 – 9:15Registration
9:15 – 9:25Welcome


9:30-10:15Moments that matter

  • Defining moments that changed one’s career and life
  • Personal and authentic insights into extraordinary leaders
  • Inspirational breakthroughs
10:30 – 11:15Big Conversations – Why we need women to lead in turbulent times

  • Leadership in 2022 and beyond: how will it adapt to turbulent times?
  • What is the role played by women and diversity in the post pandemic world?
  • Great resignation v great reinvention: how can we support women in the workplace?
11:15 – 11:30Networking break

Connect in person and engage with fellow attendees over a cup of coffee or a soft drink


11:30 – 12:15DEI in travel and tourism: turning point or boiling point?

  • After a couple of years where DEI became a bit of a ‘buzzword’, has the DEI dial moved backwards in the travel and tourism industry?
  • Why is the sector still ignoring the spending power of affluent, ethnically diverse people?
  • Why are women still encountering barriers on the way up to leadership?
  • Which DEI initiatives exist to support representation and inclusion practices?
12:15 – 12:45Case Study Session
12:45 – 13:30Networking Lunch

Grab lunch, engage in conversations and make the most of the 9th floor terrace to enjoy stunning views across London!


13:30-14:15Addressing the talent crisis through diverse recruitment

  • Exploring the talent crisis and possible routes to solutions
  • How partnering with non-profits can be a win-win for employers
  • Growing employees’ engagement through diverse recruitment
14:15-15:00Harnessing the power of DEI in attracting and retaining a younger generation of talent

  • Hear from the younger generation about their career choices
  • Explore and understand why DEI matters in attracting GenZ talent


15:00-15:15Engaging men in the DEI conversation – why allyship matters

  • What is allyship?
  • How can male allyship at work empower women?
  • Why should male leaders practice allyship and what do they stand to gain?
15:15-15:45Allyship in action: mentors and mentees tell their stories

  • Last year the first Male Allyship Network was launched in industry following IWTTF 21
  • This year we hear from some of the couples that have been matched as mentor-mentee through the programme about what they have gained and learned from each other!

Allies / Mentors


15:45-16:45Coffee Break
16:00-16:45Group Mentoring
Our popular reverse mentoring sessions return to stimulate learning and discussion!
16:45 – 17:00Closing Remarks
17:00 – 18:30Networking

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