Women in Hospitality Day at Hotelympia

Curated by Alessandra Alonso

 According to the British Hospitality Association approximately 60% of employees in the tourism and hospitality industries are women, yet only 15% are in senior management positions. Today there are circa 24,000 fewer women in management positions in the hospitality sector than there were in 2010 and women working in the hospitality and catering sector in 2015 were on average paid 18% less than their male co-workers. At Hotelympia we will be addressing these issues by focusing an entire day on Women in Hospitality. 

Our Women in Hospitality day will celebrate successes, look at challenges and focus on opportunities for women in the Hospitality Industry. We will be showcasing both female and male champions, giving you the perfect opportunity to connect with & learn from top industry leaders. We will also discuss the contribution made by female hospitality entrepreneurs and showcase some up-and-coming stars.

WHEN? Thursday 8th March 2018, International Women's Day
WHERE? Hotelympia, ExCeL London
Speakers to be announced soon

                                                                   Register Here to Attend

Women in Hospitality Mentoring

This year, for the first time, Hotelympia offers an extraordinary mentoring opportunity to women professionals attending the show on Women in Hospitality Day.

Over 1 hour those who sign up as mentees will be able to access a numbers of established industry figures (females AND males) and successful entrepreneurs who will answer your questions and share their tips for a successful career and life in the industry!

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Alessandra Alonso MBA, MSc Founder, Women in Travel CIC

Alessandra is a senior professional with 20 years of experience in and around the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry and is our official curator of the Women in Hospitality day at Hotelympia.

Alessandra started her career as a trainee in Tourism at the European Commission. Having held senior positions in prestigious companies including The World Travel & Tourism Council and KPMG she subsequently pursued her passion for supporting women and diversity more generally in the industry by setting up consultancy Shine and co-founding the Shine Awards for Women’s Achievement in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality in 2004.Recognised as a trail-blazer in the sector, Shine mentored and coached hundreds of female mentees from the sector and run highly successful tourism skills programmes across the UK, between 2003 and 2010. The Shine Awards remain the original women focussed awards and still run today through sector skills council People1st... 

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Institute of Hospitality

The Institute of Hospitality is proud to support Women in Hospitality Day at Hotelympia. The Institute of Hospitality is the international professional membership organisation for individual managers and aspiring managers working in the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry and has been the industry’s leading network for more than 75 years. Globally, 70% of hospitality and tourism workers are female, and yet men hold the vast majority of management and board positions. We believe that better engagement of women in hospitality workplaces at all lifestages -  through flexible working, gender psychology, mentoring and leadership -  would make our industry more efficient and more profitable.