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IIPT India to Conduct 2nd “Celebrating Her” Awards at ITB Berlin

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IIPT India to Conduct 2nd “Celebrating Her”
Awards at ITB Berlin

In association with the UNWTO and ITB Berlin, IIPT India will conduct the second edition of the Global Awards for Empowered Women in Tourism – “Celebrating Her” on Wed 08 March, which is also International Women’s Day. The awards will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm at the main Awards Stage in the Palais am Funkturm on the ITB grounds.

Speaking about the awards Ajay Prakash, President IIPT India said, “It’s coincidental that the Awards are being held on International Women’s Day but the spirit of honouring and celebrating women needs to be sustained on the other 364 days too. Gender equality, which is part of the United Nations SDGs, is intrinsic to IIPT’s global aims and objectives and integral to fostering peace. Through the Awards we’re aiming to create a network of powerful women across the world who would serve as role models and mentors while they represent IIPT as our Global Ambassadors of Peace.”

The first Celebrating Her awards were held at ITB Berlin March 2016 with Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) delivering the keynote address and handing out the Awards along with Mr. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary for Tourism, Government of India.

Five exceptional women from around the world were the Award winners in 2016:
Dr. Nicole Haeusler Consultant for Responsible Tourism, Myanmar for Community Based Tourism
Ms. Aileen Clemente President of Rajah Travel, Philippines for Tourism and Peace
Dr. Dietlind von Lassberg Vice Chairwoman of Institute for Tourism & Development, Germany for Tourism Education
Ms. Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainability, TUI Group, UK for Tourism Sustainability
Ms. Valsa Nair Singh, Tourism Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra for Innovation in Tourism
Dr. Taleb Rifai is again expected to deliver the keynote address. Anita Mendiratta, author and international consultant on tourism, Special Advisor to the Secretary General UNWTO and Member IIPT India Advisory Council will conduct the proceedings. The audience will comprise Minsters, senior government representatives, global industry leaders and the international media.

Rika Jean-François, Commissioner ITB Corporate Social Responsibility, stated:
“ITB is very happy to once again open its platform to the IIPT India “Celebrating Her Awards” as it is very important to play tribute to outstanding women in tourism who are tirelessly working to contribute to a better world. Women are often put -or put themselves- aside when it comes to making career or being noticed even though they accomplish remarkable things. Still today, women are very often in the shadow of men – even though they deserve to be in the spotlight. In line with the Chinese saying, “Women carry half of the heavens on their shoulders” we should stand in for gender equality in global tourism and honour some of these extraordinary women, giving them the right attention.”

IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore stated “IIPT is grateful for the support of UNWTO and ITB to IIPT India in recognizing women who serve as role models in our industry. IIPT from the start has recognized the important leadership role of women. Patron of the IIPT First Global Conference: Tourism – a Vital Force for Peace, Vancouver 1988 was H.E. Vigdis Finnbogadottir, President of Iceland and the world’s first elected women Head of State. Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan was Patron of IIPT’s Second Global Conference. IIPT has also been proud to  feature women leaders as keynote speakers and presenters of ‘Success Stories” at international conferences and summits these past 30 years.”

(image source: IIPT India)

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