WOMEN IN TOURISM BREAKFAST 2017: ‘WOMEN HAVE A LOT MORE TO OFFER TOURISM’
To celebrate Women’s Month, The Department of Tourism in partnership with Travel Massive hosted the ‘Women in Tourism’ Networking Breakfast at the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town and other centres including Johannesburg, Durban, Nelspruit and Hartebeesport Dam on Thursday 24 August.
In her speech at the main breakfast in Cape Town, National Tourism Minister Ms Tokozile Xasa said that women in travel and tourism should encourage each other to strive for the best to reach their dreams. The Minister also added that women entering the sector should not have to face the same problems that women in tourism faced in the past, and that constant engagement between private and public sector stakeholders is pivotal in this regard.
Through the Women in Tourism (WiP) platform, the Department aims to create a women talent pool that serves to grow the sector and strengthen its global competitiveness. Another important element emphasised at the session was the need to train and develop women into substantial contributors to the national economy. Minister Xasa added that obstacles such as training and education keep women from developing and being economically inclusive. Support, funding and networking were just some of the solutions to these obstacles mentioned by Breakfast attendees.
An Advisory Council for Women to be established
Minister Xasa gave feedback on the WiP platform, informing attendees that the Department is in the process of establishing an Advisory Council for Women in Tourism. The Council will provide the Minister with advice on how to attain tangible results within the next five years given the projected economic performance of the sector against the transformation compliance levels related to participation of women in the sector. Council members will be a focused group of women with distinguished track record on women empowerment issues and thought leaders, who are willing to spare their time for the Women in Tourism programmes in their advisory capacity to the Minister.
We will keep members updated on developments in the establishment of this Advisory Council for Women in Tourism. Let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org what you think of the establishment of such a Council and how you suggest for it to speed up the process of including more women in decision making and higher positions in the sector?
Why a Women in Tourism platform?
The WiT was established in 2014 as a platform that brings women together to find solutions to the economic challenges that hinder their entrepreneurial progress in the sector. The 2011 State of Transformation study showed that participation by women in the corporate sector, especially black women was below gazetted targets – with approximately 90% of enterprises not complying to the 10% Black female shareholding. The programme is driven by Respect, Recognition, Representation and Reward, of the women in our sector.