QLDs peak industry body celebrates women in tourism

first_imgQueensland’s peak industry body for tourism, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), has called on other industries to join tourism and hospitality employers in addressing gender equalities in the Australian workforce, as part of celebrations for Queensland Women’s Week from 7 to 13 March 2016.QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said now was the time for tourism and hospitality to continue fighting for gender equality and diversity in the workforce.“The theme of Queensland Women’s Week is ‘When women achieve, Queensland succeeds’ and nothing could be more true for the state’s tourism and hospitality sectors which employ a very high proportion of females,” Mr Gschwind said.“Tourism and hospitality in Queensland contribute $23 billion in expenditure to the state’s economy, therefore it is critical for our state to focus on equity issues such as narrowing gender pay gaps and providing more support services for women in the workforce.“The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has stated that societies and economies flourish when women and men are more equal. We want to see Queensland and indeed Australia positioned in a more positive light when it comes to gender equality,” Mr Gschwind said.There are many career paths in the tourism industry with a broad scope of professions and job descriptions, including in regional Queensland.“Women are very prominently represented in many leading roles in tourism in Queensland, including in transport, hotel management, tour operators, attractions, events, administration, research and travel,” Mr Gschwind said.“The accommodation and food and beverage industries for instance are employing more women than other industries in managerial positions (key management, general managers and senior managers), again demonstrating the importance of these industries for the empowerment of women in the workforce.”The Queensland Tourism Industry Council works in partnership with a variety of member organisations and industry partners, including many that are proud to have women in key leadership roles.In 2016, QTIC acknowledges a number of inspirational women making a difference to Queensland’s tourism industry:Julieanne Alroe, CEO, Brisbane Airport CorporationMary Carroll, CEO, Capricorn EnterpriseLiz Ward, Managing Director, Digital Coaching InternationalMelinda Watt, Vice President – Relationship Management, EarthCheckToni Brennan, CEO, Fun Over FiftyKerri Jekyll, Owner Managing Director, Get Wet Surf SchoolSusanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism, Griffith UniversitySonya Jeffrey, Managing Director, Ingan ToursKim Morgan, General Manager, Maroochy River ResortRachael Hodges, Assistant General Manager, Mossman Gorge CentreNatalie Chapman, Human Resource Manager, Mossman Gorge CentreJan Claxton, Owner, Ocean Safari and Ocean RaftingHope Rust, General  Manager, Pethers Rainforest RetreatElsa D’Alessio, Regional Manager Queensland, Qantas Airways LimitedSuzanne Miller, CEO, Queensland Museum NetworkVicki Jones, Owner Operator, Red Dirt ToursAmery Burleigh, General Manager, Sofitel Gold CoastMary-Clare Power, CEO, Southern Queensland Country TourismLeanne Coddington, CEO, Tourism and Events QueenslandKayleen Allen, Director, Tourism GemsPatricia O’Callaghan, CEO, Townsville EnterpriseToni Ward, Owner, Whitsunday Jet Ski ToursQTIC also acknowledges that it is a female Tourism Minister, Hon Kate Jones MP, who leads the Queensland Government’s tourism portfolio and the Department, also headed by a female Director-General, Megan Houghton.In 2016 Queensland is expanding International Women’s Day celebrations into a week-long, state-wide series of events and activities called Queensland Women’s Week.The theme for the inaugural week is “Good for her. Great for us. When women achieve, Queensland succeeds.” This theme celebrates women’s achievements as well as acknowledging that supporting and enabling women to take advantage of opportunities to succeed is good for everyone in Queensland.International Women’s Day, held on Tuesday 8 March, celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.QTIC is the peak industry body for tourism in Queensland, acting as “The Voice of Tourism”. QTIC is a private sector, membership-based organisation which, since 2001, has worked to influence and shape the state’s tourism business environment. QTICSource = Queensland Tourism Industry Councillast_img

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