All DayARRIVALS / International delegates
19.30 to 22.30OPENING DINNER – Sponsored by Promote Iceland


8.15 amRegistration and Coffee
8.45 amWELCOME AND OPENING REMARKSAlessandra Alonso, founder Women in Travel cic
Jo Phillips, Chief People Officer, Carnival UK
9.00 amKEY 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 amTRAVEL 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 todayEva Maria Thorarinsdottir – CEO and co-owner of Pink Iceland (“Iceland’s first and foremost gay owned and operated travel expert”)
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 Moderated by:Alessandra Alonso, WIT cic
11.15 amLEADING 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
12.15 pmREDIFINING 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
14.00 pmINTERNATIONAL 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, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, PEAK DMC
15.00 pmBRIGHT IDEAS WITH PROVEN RESULTS Inspiring case studies of tried and tested things your organisation can do to foster gender inclusion at workDiamondair International – UK Palmhotel Azul & Spa – Ecuador ATPCO – USA
16.15 pmENGAGING 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 pmFINAL WORDS, SUMMING UP and CONCLUSIONSAlessandra Alonso, Founder, WIT cic

25/26 January


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