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International Women’s Day Lunch

On 8th March 2020 the world will again recognise International Women’s Day.  This year the theme is titled ‘Each For Equal.  Some think equality is a ‘women’s issue’ but it’s fundamentally a ‘business issue’.  Ensuring gender equality is essential for businesses and economies to thrive.  Over the last few years a number of organisations have developed alongside Women In Tourism.  Women in Technology, Women In STEM, Women In Journalism – with everyone sharing an ambition and desire to achieve greater equality in the boardroom, in media coverage, in the workplace and in our industries.  #EachforEqual.

Women In Tourism was informally established in June 2015 by a small group of women working within the tourism industry who recognised both the opportunities and challenges for women working within our sector.  While progress across the world is varied, and at times, painfully slow; here in Scotland we value the steps that the industry has taken to recognise those working in tourism.

In celebration of this year’s IWD, on Monday 9th March 2020 we are delighted to be hosting a luncheon in the luxurious surroundings of The Waldorf Edinburgh – The Caledonian.  We anticipate 50-60 women (and men!) from across the industry gathering together to network and share their thoughts on the industry and what we can do together to push for further gender equality.


We’re delighted that the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP is able to join our event and will address delegates at the start of the event. Following a delicious 3-course lunch we will then hear from some of the winners of the inaugural Young Women In Tourism Awards which were announced in June 2019.  Representing a cross-section of the industry, our future young leaders will share their own and collective ambitions for the industry.

Commenting on the event, Susan Russell Chair of Women In Tourism said:

“This International Women’s Day we have the opportunity to shine a light on the many women who work across Scotland’s tourism industry.  As an organisation created to inspire, motivate and encourage women into positions of leadership, it’s important that we provide a forum for discussion and debate as we continue to support our members in reaching their full potential.  We’re delighted that our Young Women In Tourism Award winners can join us and look forward to welcoming them, Fergus Ewing and our guests to the event on the 9th March.”


  • 12.15 pm             Arrivals
  • 12.45 pm             Called for lunch
  • 12.50 pm             Welcome from Susan Russell, Chair of Women in Tourism
  • 12.55 pm             Address by Fergus Ewing MSP
  • 1.05 pm               Starter served
  • 1.25 pm               Main course served
  • 1.50 pm               Dessert served
  • 2.05 pm               Q&A with Year Of Young People Award Winners:
        • Liz Robinson, Rising Star Award
        • Kathi Kamleitner, Tourism Influencer Award
        • Rosalyn Watson, Student Award
  • 2.25 pm               Coffee served
  • 2.30 pm               Vote of thanks
  • 3 pm                     Carriages

Read more about our Young Women in Tourism Award Winners here.