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Tourism Industry Events & Activities Autumn 2021

Women in Tourism look forward to the following tourism and hospitality events and activities – some dates for your diary…. Read more

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WIT Event: School’s Out Social: 23 June 2021

Can you believe it’s almost summer? There is no doubt it’s been a (another) whirlwind of a year so far, and as industries begin to unlock, there’s lots of reflect on and to look forward to. We invite you to bring your favourite tipple and join Women in Tourism for a School’s Out Social on Wednesday 23 June, at 4.45pm: our last WIT Wednesday before the schools break up. Read more

Prep Starts Now
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Traveltech for Scotland: New Innovations for Hospitality and Tourism

Traveltech for Scotland, launched in August 2020, is supporting a growing community of traveltech SME’s which offer a host of technological innovations aimed at tourism and hospitality businesses; from contactless food and drink ordering to chatbots and many more. Find out more about the Prep Starts Now Campaign to help hospitality businesses reopen with confidence, and brand new innovations to assist chefs and suppliers. Read more

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WIT Event: Moving Forward – Hospitality in the Highlands

Join us for a Women in Tourism virtual event on Wednesday 5th May at 4.30pmOn the back of Scottish and British lockdown measures easing sufficiently to allow our tourism and hospitality venues to reopen at the end of April we have gathered some excellent speakers who are willing to share their experiences.

Challenges we all thought would be past in the summer of 2020 are still with this sector as we come out of another lengthy period of closure and attempt to plan for a profitable and engaging season with ever shifting guidance and best practice standards. Many venues which opened in 2020 managed with; an impressive reduction in expenses by postponing capital expenditure, adjusted to COVID measures in relatively temporary ways under the expectation they would be short lived, and often altered the visitor experience by removing normal elements that were not able to be offered safely.

A whole year later, will our potential guests and visitors still be enthusiastic about this reduced offer? Have the measures introduced been so successful that they are being made permanent? Is a new level of innovation and product development required now that we are retargeting our local areas again, given the lack of international travel?

Speakers

Caroline Robertson from VisitScotland will share the official reopening strategy of Visit Scotland in the Highlands and highlight the tools developed by VisitScotland that may assist our businesses in reopening.

Lisa Robshaw, Head of Marketing and Sales at The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) will share information on the reopening of both Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. In particular Lisa can share experience of being open in 2021, as the zoo was permitted to welcome guests from March, and the different challenges faced by a city central location and a regional site in the Cairngorms. 

Moira Unwin¸ of The Sonas Collection, a group of three stylish boutique hotels on the Isle of Skye, will share the preparation and developments made by their sites to welcome visitor back in a COVID safe manner, while maintaining the outstanding quality of visitor experience they are known for, particularly looking at the difference between opening in 2020 versus the plan for this season. 

WIT Board Member, Julie Grieve, will also share some more information about how WIT can assist our members individually or as a business through our Mentoring Programme. There will be time after the speakers for some questions and general discussion. 

Joining Details

CLICK HERE to register your attendance. A zoom link will be sent to all registrants nearer the event. We look forward to seeing you on screen!

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#IWD2021 – Choose To Challenge

International Women’s Day 2021 – Choose to Challenge

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’. It’s a call to action which we should embrace, not just for one day, but throughout 2021.  While the premise of the theme is to call out and challenge inequality; Women in Tourism have interpreted the theme as a way in which we can all embrace challenges. Read more

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Women to Write Home About: Stephanie Lee

Our Women to Write Home About blog is back and we’ll be featuring Women in Tourism members and their thoughts and experiences, often including the diverse impacts of Covid-19 on our industry professionals. We were delighted to have a cuppa and a catch up with WIT member, Stephanie Lee. Read more

WIT Top 100 2020
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Celebrating Tourism Leaders in 2020

During what has been one of the most challenging years to date for the Scottish tourism industry, Women In Tourism are honoured to announce the 2020 Top 100 Women In Tourism. Read more

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Business Women Scotland Women in Business 2020 Virtual Awards

In these strange times, it feels more important than ever to celebrate innovation, hard work and success, so we were thrilled to hear that the Business Women Scotland Women in Business Awards are going virtual in November 2020. In their sixth year, the awards mark achievements of the growing number of women-led businesses and recognise the entrepreneurial talents of women across Scotland. Read more

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Make time for a Mentor

Women in Tourism welcome applications from members who would like to take advantage of WIT’s initiative of 60 minutes of mentoring. Read more

Women in Tourism Top 100 2020
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Women in Tourism Top 100 – 2020

We’re thrilled to announce a campaign to highlight the Top 100 Women In Tourism 2020!  At a time when the industry is experiencing its most challenging year to date, WIT seeks to recognise and celebrate those working tirelessly every year to provide a warm welcome to visitors from around the world.

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