1. Supportive Mentoring Circles
Earlier in March we launched our pro-bono Supportive Mentoring Circles, which support women working in the travel and tourism industry from around the world in coming together through facilitated discussion, to share and then positively address the challenges posed by the current pandemic and the subsequent closure of many businesses. We have now established four groups. Each group meets twice a month and in between live appointments on skype emails are circulated on alternate weeks to check in on members and update each other on follow up actions.
Some of the most common questions relate to how best to communicate to customers to maintain and encourage rapport; how not to procrastinate activities while at home; how to maintain a healthy mind and how to create structure in what seem endlessly long days!
The focus is on collaboration and solutions, as this recent email feedback from a participant based in Zermatt ,the Swiss Ski Resort, tells us: ‘Following our call last Monday, particularly the discussion around restarting marketing I feel very positive about the timing being right now, especially following the case studies that we discussed on the call, and I have started to draft a newsletter to our clients, including the Matterhorn illuminations, about which I have already received many positive clients comments, which is great! The discussion we had last Monday in itself really helped me to restart my own enthusiasm for the future of the business, so I’m very grateful to you all for that.’
If you are reading this and could really benefit from joining a group get in touch with our Founder, Alessandra Alonso, at email@example.com and we will do our utmost to fit you in!
2. BAME Women in Travel – Lunch n’ Learn
At the end of March we launched a series of ‘Lunch and Learn’ Sessions held virtually every Wednesday from 12pm – 1pm GMT during the month of April & May. The aim is to provide our members with marketing, business development, personal branding and networking tips and advice to assist them in navigating this ‘new normal’.
We have already had some great sessions around expanding your social network with networking guru Jahan Khan, developing your personal brand during this time with PR expert and Managing Director of GEC PR. Fiona Anderson and strategies on how to cope when your entire industry evaporates overnight with Award Winning Photographer and Author Lola Akinmade.
3. Covid-19 and the Impact on Women
We are excited to give an official look into a plan of actions that will see Women in Travel cic work to provide greater understanding, insights and practical steps on how women are being impacted by the pandemic.
We have announced our series of 3 online events discussing The Impact of COVID19 on Women.
All registrations are officially open HERE
21stMay 4:30 PM BST
THE ‘OTHER’ PANDEMIC: THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF COVID19 ON WOMEN
Speakers: Simon Gallow, UN Women UK Advocate and Sonia Omar, Fundraising and Communications Manager Education for All – UN Women
When we initially engaged with UN Women UK we agreed to make the webinar free, but support their crucial fundraising effort in the UK. As our speaker Simon Gallow told us, as little as £15 can provide a week’s worth of hygiene essentials and food for a woman and her children in quarantine. If you value the webinar and recognise the crucial work they do to support women; most importantly IF YOU CAN and ONLY if you can, will you make a donation to their Covid-19 Fund?
28thMay 2:30 PM BST
GROUND ZERO? THE IMPACT OF COID19 ON WOMEN IN TRAVEL TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
Speakers: Sandra Carvao, World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Mariana Aldrigui Universidade de São Paulo, Dr. Manal Kelig Adventure Travel Trade Association, and Zina Bencheikh Intrepid Group.
4thJune 2:30 PM BST
ACTION PLAN FOR WOMEN IN TRAVEL TOURISM AND HOPSITALITY IN THE COVID19 ERA
Speakers: Claire Steiner ITT Future You, Barbara Kolosinska C and M Travel Recruitment, Jamie Lee Abtar BAME Women In Travel