WTM London has joined forces with Women in Travel (CIC), the social enterprise dedicated to empowering women through employability and entrepreneurship, to host a series of webinars and blogs on race, allyship, risk and diversity in the travel industry.
The partnership will kick off with a virtual panel discussion with the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) division of Women in Travel, on Thursday, September 10.
“Our partnership with Women in Travel promises to provide thought-provoking sessions and talking points, with the aim of creating greater representation to make the travel industry the most successful it can be,” WTM London Senior Exhibition Director Simon Press said.
Titled “Allyship: The driving force for diversity and inclusion in the travel industry?”, the session will take a “deep dive” into the concept of allyship and how this can be used to drive diversity and inclusion within the industry.
“Allyship is the driving force for encouraging diversity and inclusion in the travel and tourism industry, so working closely with WTM London to promote this offers a fantastic opportunity for BAME Women in Travel to publicly foster greater inclusion for the black, Asian, and minority ethnic community in this sector,” said BAME Women in Travel Executive Director Jamie-Lee Abtar.
The panel will cover how employers can cultivate a sense of belonging for employees and provide practical examples form the travel industry, drawing on BAME Women in Travel’s work through customised training and mentoring.
Among the participants will be Eulanda Osagiede, co-founder of Hey! Dip Your Toes In; Uwern Jong, Experientialist-in-Chief of OutThere magazine; and Bex Shapiro, Senior Editorial Manager at Intrepid Travel.
Women in Travel will also host two virtual webinars during the first ever WTM Virtual event during November 9-11.
Furthermore, the partnership with WTM London will see Women in Travel publish content on WTM‘s Global Hub Blog.