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WTM London 2016: Women in Travel Meetup to Debate Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skills

World TRavel Market 2015, ExCeL, London - ILTM & Wellness lounge

The third Women in Travel Meetup will host renowned travel executives debating the issues of entrepreneurship and leadership at this year’s World Travel Market London, the leading global event for the travel industry, in November.

WTMLondon2016“We are delighted that so many inspiring leaders and entrepreneurs will share their expertise at World Travel Market London”, WTM London’s senior director, Simon Press, said.

The Women in Travel Meetup will take place on November 8, from 1.30pm-6pm in Platinum Suite 3 at WTM London.

“Now in its third year, the Women in Travel Meetup is building on strong foundations and offers unparalleled access to some of the most respected, successful figures in the industry today”, Press added.

Organised by consultancy Everyday Mentor, the meetup will also provide a platform for mentoring and networking.

The leadership debate will take place from 1pm-2pm and will feature Sarah Haggarty Commercial Sales Director, Celebrity Cruises UK & Ireland; Rachel O’Reilly, Head of Communications, Kuoni; and Giles Hawkes, Chief Executive, Cosmos Tours & Cruises, Archers Holidays and Avalon Waterways UK. The debate will be chaired by Sylvia Weiler, Regional Vice President Sales, North America, Sojern.

Alessandra Alonso – founder of the Women in Travel Meetup and Chief Mentor at Everyday Mentor – will chair the debate about entrepreneurship, from 4pm-5pm. Speakers will be women who have founded travel businesses: Natalia Komis (Iamadventures); Sarah Ismail (Tripforwellness); and Carolyn Pearson (Maiden Voyage).

Alessandra Alonso.

Alessandra Alonso.

The Women in Travel initiative, launched by Alonso in 2014, aims to create a community of thousands of female professionals, entrepreneurs and suppliers, looking for inspiration, mentoring and learning. The event aims to be the premier, international platform enabling women in the travel industry to come together and support each other.

The event is open to all WTM London attendees, whether exhibitors or visitors, and women and men are invited to attend.

Women in Travel will also be hosting group mentoring sessions to offer women support and advice to help them fulfil their career potential. Mentors and information on how to book a session will be announced shortly.

The event’s key partner is Sojern, the performance marketing platform for travel brands. PR and digital communications agency Rooster PR is the Meetup’s partner PR agency.

WTM London 2016 will be revamped as a three-day event from Monday 7 – Wednesday 9 November, with opening hours extended from 10am – 7pm for all three days.

The Greek Travel Pages (GTP) is an official media partner of WTM London 2016.

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