2021 Programme

Digital Edition

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.

In 2021 the Forum is more relevant than ever due to the events that over the last 18 months have impacted the sector globally. The industry needs radical rethinking and with the Forum we hope to contribute to its recovery and longer term success.

We are very proud of this exceptionally engaging programme, that over 5 days and 5 main themes will provide stimulating discussion and actionable solutions. This year as well as key notes, panels and mentoring we bring you further innovations such as Talks4Travel, In addition, an exciting, virtual social programme will be available to those able to engage on the Saturday.

Every day is dedicated to a different topic as follows:

Day 1 - Monday 10th May

TAKING STOCK OF WHERE WE ARE AND GETTING READY FOR RECOVERY

TimeActivitiesSpeakers
13:00 to 17:00VIRTUAL NETWORKING DIGITAL BOOTHS
14.00 to 14.05Opening Welcome + Introducing Conference Chair
  • Alessandra Alonso, Founder IWTTF and MD Women in Travel cic
14.05 to 14.15Welcome by Chair and Overview
  • Zina Bencheikh IWTTF 2021 Chair and MD, EMEA INTREPID GROUP
14.15 to 15.15KEY NOTE on REGENERATIVE LEADERSHIP Followed by Q&A
  • Laura Storm, Founder, RegenLabs, WEF Young Global Leader – www.laura-storm.com

15:15 to 15:20 – Short break with video showcase

15.20 to 16:202020: THE YEAR THAT CHANGED THE INDUSTRY [AND WOMEN] FOREVER! 

In 2019 travel and tourism had been on a growth trajectory for over a decade and was generating 1 in ten jobs worldwide as well as 10% of total GDP according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. Then came 2020 and the industry grounded to a halt – with women being the most widely and deeply affected (job wise; care-wise; health-wise and more).

  • In 2021 we must now ask the question: how has 2020 impacted the travel and tourism industry, and women working within it, globally?
  • What have we learnt as women and as leaders and what matters?
  • What do we want to retain and what must be ditched forever?
  • What do we want the industry to be like in the next 10 or 20 years?
  • John Bevan – CEO, Europe DNATA Travel
  • Natalia Bayona – Director, Innovation, Education and Investments. UNWTO
  • Ana Brant Global Director – Guest Research & Experience Design Dorchester Collection
16:20 to 16:30Recap and Close of Day 1
  • Zina Bencheikh IWTTF 2021 Chair and MD, EMEA INTREPID GROUP

Day 2 - Tuesday 11th May

BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM

TimeActivitiesSpeakers
13:00 to 17:00VIRTUAL NETWORKING DIGITAL BOOTHS
13.15 to 14.15‘Talks4Travel’
Showcasing innovative ideas/projects for women empowerment
  • Please refer to the specific page
13.15 to 14.15Parallel Session for D&I Leaders
  • Hosted by WIT CIC – By Invitation
14.15 to 15.15WOMEN CHANGING TRAVEL AND TOURISM: ENTREPRENEURS, SOCIAL IMPACT AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES  

In 2020 women have played a central role in keeping communities together. The travel and tourism sector has witnessed greater collaboration, stronger community building, widespread innovation and greater focus on inclusion and social justice.

How can we build on this positive outcomes to ensure the industry continues to thrive with all women and all individual at its core?

  • Aisha Shaibu, Founder, Moonlight Experiences & Head of Community, UK Black Pride
  • JoAnne Augen – Founder, Rooted
  • Lola Akerstrom – Co-Founder, Local Purse, Author and Photographer
  • Dr Manal Kelig – Entrepreneurs and Regional Director ME, ATTA
  • Sophie Hartman – International Aid Project manager ASSET – H&C
  • Moderator – Mariette du Toit Helmbold, Founder, Destinate

15:15 to 15:20 – Short break with video showcase

15.20 to 16.20CASE STUDY
‘Travel Local – Empower Global’
  • Alessandra Alonso – MD, Women in Travel cic
  • Klaudjia Janzelj – Acting MD Urban Adventures/Intrepid
  • + guests
16:20 to 16:30Recap and Close of Day 2
  • Alessandra Alonso – MD, Women in Travel cic

Day 3 - Wednesday 12th May

TALENT THROUGH A GENDER AND INCLUSION LENS

TimeActivitiesSpeakers
13:00 to 17:00VIRTUAL NETWORKING DIGITAL BOOTHS
13.15 to 14.15‘YOUNG, FEMALE AND TECH’ PANEL
  • Dr Mariana Aldrigu – University of Sao Paulo, Board Chair Consehlo Turismo Fecomercio SP
14.15 to 15.15CAREERS, AI, TECHNOLOGY AND TRAVEL: HOW DO WE ENSURE THAT ALL WOMEN ENJOY THE AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES? 

Travel is increasingly reliant on technology at every levels. In 2020, we have seen technology taking centre stage in our workplace and even the most reluctant amongst us have succumbed to the use of Zoom, digital platforms and other tech.

Women in travel technology however remain an oddity. Specifically, women do not associate travel and tourism with technology and often perceive technology as being outside their comfort zone.Yet, it is well known that technology enables a more equitable recruitment process that benefits all women

Our distinguished panel will address what can be done to change the perception and promote travel tech careers and how we can use technology to empower women.

    • Beth Taylor – Global Head of Marketing, ATPCO
  • Zara Zamani – Head of disruptive technology, Metabytes
  • Caroline Mather – Marketing Director OAG
  • Moderated by Edward Line – Manager, Travel, Google

15:15 to 15:20 – Short break with video showcase

15:20 to 16:20CASE STUDY 

How ATPCO who provides the world-leading airline software for pricing and shopping data to airlines, GDSs, travel agencies, and tech companies, accelerated diversity in talent.

  • Beth Taylor – Global Head of Marketing, ATPCO
  • + Guests
16:20 to 16:30Recap and Close of Day 3
  • Dr Mariana Aldrigui, University of Sao Paulo, Board Chair Consehlo Turismo Fecomercio SP

Day 4 - Thursday 13th May

HOW DO WE BUILD AN INCLUSIVE TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY?

TimeActivitiesSpeakers
13:00 to 17:00VIRTUAL NETWORKING DIGITAL BOOTHS
13.00 to 14.00Allyship Curate
  • Jamie-Lee Abtar – Executive Director for Bame, Women in Travel cic
  • Eulanda Osagiede – Co-founder, HDYTI
  • Uwern Jong – Editor-In-Chief, OutThere
13.15 to 14.15WORKSHOP – #IAMREMARKABLE
The I am remarkable workshop aims to empower women by helping them articulate their ‘achievements’
  • Hosted by Google
  • Pre-registered attendees
14.15 to 15.15PANEL Diversifying Travel
  • Finnbar Cornwall – Head of Travel , Google
  • Albert Kimbu – Senior Lecturer, Tourism, University of Surrey
  • Jamie-Lee Abtar – Executive Director for Bame, Women in Travel cic
  • Moderated by Juliet Kinsman – Sustainability Editor, Conde Nast Traveller and Founder, Bouteco

15:15 to 15:20 – Short break with video showcase

15.20 to 16.20PANEL – HOW CAN WE CREATE INCLUSIVE DESTINATIONS?  

Access, skin-colour, social justice, religion, health, sexual orientation, all these and more can be reasons to discriminate travellers, Therefore destinations will be increasingly scrutinised as to how well they welcome visitors and deal with unwanted risk. Those who do not, will ultimately lose reputation and tourism dollars. But how do we ensure that destinations are safe and enjoyable for every traveller?

  • Ryannon Parker – COO, Intertek
  • Martinique Lewis – Diversity in Travel Consultant & president, Black Travel Alliance
  • Moderated by Dr Rebecca Hawkins, Associate Director, Women in Travel cic
16:20 to 16:30Recap and Close of Day 4
  • Jamie-Lee Abtar – Executive Director for Bame, Women in Travel cic

Day 5 - Friday 14th May

THEME – USING MENTORING TO EMPOWER YOURSELF AND YOUR CAREER

TimeActivitiesSpeakers
13:00 to 17:00VIRTUAL NETWORKING DIGITAL BOOTHS
13.15 to 14.15Mentoring Curate
Most of us know that mentoring is very important to our professional life as individuals and organisations. However not many of us know how to go about using mentoring to empower ourselves, how to implement mentoring in organisations or even how we can find a mentor for ourselves. In this session you will be provided with practical knowledge on mentoring and tips to develop successful mentoring relationships.
  • Alessandra Alonso – MD, Women in Travel cic
  • Danela Zagar – global brand manager, Intimina
13.15 to 14.15Roundtable – Male Allyship
  • By Invitation
14.15 to 15.15EXPERT TALK

The key to transforming and maintaining diversity, inclusion and equality at work

We will hear from Sue Unerman, Author of ‘the most important business book of the year’ (Esquire)

‘An important book for anyone who wants to attract and keep diverse talent’ Jan Gooding, Former Chair, Stonewall

  • Sue Unerman – Author; Chief Transformation Officer, Mediacom
  • Q&A moderated by Toby Horry, Group Brand Director, TUI

15:15 to 15:20 – Short break with video showcase

15:20 to 16:20REVERSE MENTORING
  • Preregistered Attendees Breakout rooms
16:20 to 16:30
    • Recap and Close of Day 5
    • Key learnings from the week
    • Outcomes & New Projects
    • Social programme
  • Alessandra Alonso , Founder IWTTF
  • Zina Bencheikh, MD EMEA Intrepid Group

Saturday 15th May – VIRTUAL / IN PERSON TOURS by Intrepid