All is revealed about the Women in Travel Meetup 2016!

All is revealed about the Women in Travel Meetup 2016!

I am only too delighted that Summer is over and I am now back at my desk and not just because London is still basking in sunshine… but because today is the day I can reveal the amazing line up of sponsors, partners and speakers that are going to make this event even more insightful, inspirational and absolutely fabulous in 2016!

So here it goes…

Confirmed speakers for the leadership debate (13.30-14.30, 8 Nov 2016) are:

  • Sarah Haggarty (Commercial Sales Director, Celebrity Cruises UK & Ireland);
  • Rachel O’Reilly (Head of Communications, Kuoni);
  • Giles Hawkes (Chief Executive, Cosmos Tours & Cruises, Archers Holidays and Avalon Waterways UK);
  • Debate Chair: Sylvia Weiler (Regional VP Sales, North America, Sojern).


Confirmed speakers for the entrepreneurship debate (16.00-17.00, 8 Nov 2016)


  • Natalia Komis (Founder, Iamadventures);
  • Sarah Ismail (Founder, Tripsforwellness);
  • Carolyn Pearson (Founder, Maiden Voyage);
  • Debate Chair: Alessandra Alonso (Founder, Women in Travel Meetup, and Chief Mentor, Everyday Mentor).


I am totally grateful to all my speakers and participants as they so generously give of their time to share their passion, insights and expertise.


I am also incredibly thankful to Sojern Ltd – the world’s leading performance marketing platform for travel brands – which is the Meetup key partner this year.


In addition, the wonderful team at Rooster PR who have agreed to become our PR sponsors.


It is now go-go-go until 8th November, so watch this space for more interesting news, announcements and more.

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Alessandra is a senior professional and qualified coach-mentor with 18 years of business experience spent working in the commercial sector, mostly consulting for the travel, tourism, hospitality and event management industry. Current and recent clients include Tourism Boards, Trade Associations, Hotels, Caterers and Educational Institutions. In 2011 Alessandra was appointed visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire within the Travel Tourism Hospitality and Events faculty of the Business School and has taught in a variety of establishments including The Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne and more recently The University of Normandie’s Business School. Alessandra is passionate about gender in tourism and has written and spoken extensively on the subject, including at the United Nations World Tourism Day. She is well known as co-founder of Shine People and Places – a boutique outfit dedicate to supporting women in the workplace - and The Shine Awards for Women Achievements in Travel Tourism Hospitality and Events, which she run between 2004 and 2010 before Sector Skills Council People 1st took them over. Prior to Shine Alessandra worked at KPMG, where she built the Travel & Tourism division, and the World Travel and Tourism Council.

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