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Women in Travel meetup returns to Arabian Travel Market 2017

Apr 13 2017 | 08:27 pm

Dubai: Women in Travel, a registered social enterprise focused on leveraging travel and tourism to economically empower women, is returning to Arabian Travel Market in Dubai  for a second year.

The Women in Travel Meetup will kick off  with a Leader’s Interview discussing the issues faced by women in the region working in travel. During the session, Rick White of Dunleavy White will be interviewing Suhair Saleh, HR Director at Gulf Air.

The interview will be followed by an Entrepreneurship Debate hosted by Alessandra Alonso, Founder of the Women in Travel social enterprise. The speakers are Shabnam Bahrami, CEO of Silk Road Tour and Travel Agency, Iran; Manal Kelig Ph.D, Executive Director of ATTA & Co and one of three co-founders of Gateway To Egypt; and Zayna Al Hamarneh, Co-Founder and CEO of Mode Marketing & PR. During the panel, these respected industry figures will share their own journeys and discuss why a third of the global female population refrain from setting up a business and the changing female entrepreneurship landscape in Dubai.

Alessandra Alonso, Founder of Women in Travel CIC said: “I’m delighted to be bringing our Women in Travel Meetup back to ATM for a second year. Last year’s event was a huge success and I’m hoping to see even more ambitious women from the region coming together to share their knowledge, network and help each other reach their career and entrepreneurial potential.”

Rick White of Dunleavy White said: “I have agreed to support the Women in Travel Meetup at ATM 2017 because I believe that the importance of women in senior leadership roles can only be a positive to the business world. As we see more and more women leaders in the political arena also being reflected in the corporate sector this can only be a good thing.”

The Women in Travel Meetup at ATM are recommended for ATM attendees interested in female leadership, entrepreneurship, whether thinking about launching a business or already running one. Attendees – both male and female – will benefit from inspiration, tips and practical answers to their entrepreneurship questions.

Women in Travel, now a social enterprise but originally launched as an event by Alessandra Alonso in 2014, aims to engage with, reach out to travel and tourism businesses that believe that women can greatly contribute to this industry. Women in Travel recently announced its status as a social enterprise to support women in the sector internationally. As such, the limited company reinvests its profit in a big social aim: to provide communities in key travel and tourism destinations (such as the UK, Middle East, Africa and Latin America) with a sustainable livelihood by enabling women to become economically independent through entrepreneurship and a thriving career in this industry.


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