UNWTO presents conclusions of the Report on Women in Tourism
The announcement was made on the occasion of International Women's Day. The study has the collaboration of UN-Women, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the World Bank Group and Amadeus
Initial results indicate that women in both the private and public sectors are tapping into the potential of tourism to be economically independent, to combat stereotypes and to start their own businesses:
The staff of the sector around the world is made up mostly of women
Tourism offers women more opportunities to undertake the economy as a whole
Tourism policies increasingly focus on gender equality
Research has also shown that the number of women combating gender stereotypes in the sector is increasing. In Morocco, women have been granted licenses to work as tour guides for the first time. A UK airline has doubled the number of female pilot it employs. The Uganda Hotel Owners Association is led by its first Executive Director, Jean Byamugisha.
These are just a few examples of the change taking place all over the world and part of a growing trend.
Technology has also been an important factor in this empowerment by providing women with more training opportunities and facilitating access to the tourism market, thus stimulating women's entrepreneurship.
In the public sphere, policymakers are beginning to recognize the importance of gender equality in tourism and by taking measures to ensure that women reap the benefits that the sector generates in an equitable way.
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said in connection with these conclusions that "tourism is championing the empowerment of women around the world".
She added: "UNWTO is firmly committed to Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: empowering all women and girls and ensuring that tourism continues to be at the forefront of initiatives in favor of of gender equality '.
UNWTO is developing the second edition of the World Report on Women in Tourism in collaboration with UN Women, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the World Bank Group and Amadeus. Preliminary conclusions have been presented on the occasion of the Day Women's International Conference of 2019. The full report will be published in the fall of 2019.