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Women in Tourism Conference November 2018

WIT Conf 2018

The inaugural Women in Tourism Conference took place on Monday 19 November 2018 at the Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 

Women in Tourism were delighted to welcome 112 delegates who attended the day event and 65 guests who attended the evening celebration of Women in Tourism, where 30 of the #WITTop100 also joined.

The WIT Board wishes to thank #YOYP2018 Women in Tourism Board Member Julia MacGregor, for bringing such dedication, energy and professionalism, in addition to her own unique approach to planning, organising and leading on both the day and evening WIT events.

The day’s conference included networking opportunities, an “Ask the CEO” industry panel comprising Marc Crothall, CEO of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, Angela Vickers, CEO of Apex Hotels, Sheila Gilmore, Executive Director of Visit Arran, and David Cochrane, Chief Executive of HIT Scotand; and workshops on leadership, mentoring, and social media.

Some useful takeaways from the CEO panel discussion:

  • Take advantage of all the support available from employers and networks
  • You have the power to change the perceptions of the tourism industry – by sharing experiences, blogging, adding your voice to industry groups, or forming your own
  • Flexibility and a good work-life balance are important factors in retaining talent of any age
  • Businesses can support and retain talent through programmes of learning and development which should be tailored to individuals – this means listening to people and involving them
  • Networks are hugely important as are ongoing learning opportunities
  • Risk-taking is important – challenging thinking and existing ways of doing things
  • Take skills from every role you have: it’s not what you do, it’s how you approach it
  • Get involved in the industry, contribute, stay connected with peers, don’t stop learning
  • Be aware that you can contribute to making positive changes by talking to others and getting involved, speaking out and making your voice heard in the industry

The workshops were very well received, each offering an industry host speaker plus a YOYP 2018 industry representative. Download the workshop slides from the links below.

Leadership: led by Dale MacPhee, GM, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Valerie Lederer, Marketing Executive, Criton.

Mentoring: led by Cathy Craig, Commercial & Memberships Director, Entrepreneurial Scotland, Beth Thoms, Senior Communications Manager, Festivals Edinburgh.

Social Media: led by Chloe Milligan, Owner, Mud Urban Flowers, Hannah Stewart, Student, Edinburgh Napier University.

Women in Tourism will have further updates on both the day and evening events of the 19th November – keep visiting our blog and we’ll be in touch via our e-newsletter.

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