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World Travel Market 2014 to focus on women in travel

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ETW StaffMumbai

World Travel Market 2014, the global event for the travel industry, is hosting two new seminar sessions looking at the relationship between women and the travel and tourism sector. Held as part of WTM’s Women in Travel programme, the two sessions cover different issues; with one focusing on successful women travel entrepreneurs and the other addressing how the travel industry can play a role in enhancing the lives and future of women around the globe.

The Women in Travel programme kicks off on Tuesday November 4th, at 14:00, with successful female business owners sharing tips and discussing their individual career paths in ‘Secrets of Successful Female Trav-Preneurs’.

Speakers including Julia Feuell, founder of New Frontiers and OTT travel training, Mandy Nickerson, MD Hexagon Travel, and Sarah Johnson, managing director of PR company Lotus UK, will discuss what it takes to be a female entrepreneur in a male dominated sector, obstacles, advantages and work-life balance issues.

Feuell said: “Female entrepreneurs need a lot of determination and dedication. The audience can expect lots of tips and advice on how to succeed as a woman in the travel industry.”

Women are being subjected to all sort of abuses in many countries around the world and travel and tourism as an industry has the potential to alleviate this situation by providing women with a way out of poverty and economic dependence.

Simon Press, senior director, World Travel Market, said, “I am delighted to be able to launch the new women in travel programme. Women make the majority of the workforce in the industry, although senior positions are mainly taken up by men. Furthermore, as a global industry travel and tourism has a responsibility to the people in the countries its sells, but is it doing enough to protect the human rights of some women in countries it promotes?”

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