COVID19 Support Information

COVID19 Support

1. FEAST 

ARE YOU A LONDON BASED WOMAN WHO IS UNEMPLOYED BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT OF COVID19 ON THE TRAVEL HOSPITALITY RESTAURANT AND EVENT INDUSTRY?

**Please get in touch as we may be able to help!
**Our FEAST programme is FREE and enrolling!
**We have a full schedule ready for September

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE

We have recently accessed targeted European fund to support unemployed women through customised mentoring, training, skills development and CV support so they can return to the labour market as soon as possible, in either tourism or related sectors, which are expected to rebound once the pandemic subsides.   

If due to the impact of COVID-19 you are foreseeing redundancies, you may like to suggest this opportunity to the female staff you are having to let go. There are no costs attached for you and certainly none for your (female) staff.  

1. Impact on Women in Travel Research Survey

Take the survey HERE

We are currently conducting a research survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on women in the travel and tourism industry. With this information we hope to create a plan of action to support women in the industry.

It will take less than 5 minutes, and every response counts!

Take the survey HERE

2. 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!

We now have our third, and final, Supportive Mentoring Circle coming up. If you are reading this and could really benefit from joining a group get in touch with our Founder, Alessandra Alonso, at alessandra@womenintravelcic.com and we will do our utmost to fit you in!

3. Covid-19 and the Impact on Women

Over the past couple months we have launched a number of webinars that help to understand the impact of COVID-19 on women in the travel and tourism industry. We had our series of 3 webinars that launched end of May going into the beginning of June, officially creating a plan of action to support women in the industry.

We had a number of inspirational panelists that discussed the core issues, and steps that can be taken to adapt through the current times.

While COVID-19 has been a major impact, we also tackled a large issue; racial diversity in the travel and tourism industry. We hosted a Racial Diversity panel with the support of TTG Media. The outcome of this webinar was HUGE. We had over 300 attendees, and a wonderful DIVERSE panel to discuss the issue of diversity in the travel and tourism industry and steps we can take to support women and make a change.

Download and stream the Diversity Panel HERE

4. 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 was to provide our members with marketing, business development, personal branding and networking tips and advice to assist them in navigating this ‘new normal’.

We 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.