Winners of the Empowered Women in Tourism Awards 2017 announced

Empowered Women in Tourism Awards 2017

The Celebration of the International Global Peace Award for Empowered Women in Tourism in 2017 was held on International Women’s Day – Wed 08 Mar, at ITB Berlin 2017.

It was the 2nd edition of “Celebrating Her” ceremony hosted by ITB Berlin in collaboration with UNWTO and IIPT.

The IIPTI Global Empowered Women in Tourism Awards, “Celebrating Her” are intended to acknowledge and felicitate exceptional women in the fields of travel, tourism and hospitality. Individuals with a clarity of vision and mission who understand and believe that tourism, perhaps the biggest industry in the world, could become the first global peace industry and who have relentlessly worked towards fostering the tourism business as a vehicle for peace and sustainable development.

ITB wants to send out a signal to all these women in tourism who carry all the work on their shoulders but are never put in the spotlight even though they would really deserve it. We want to rise awareness for gender equality and help stagnant structures to be dismantled.” – said Rika Jean-Francois, Commissioner ITB Corporate Social Responsibility

The winners are:

Responsible Tourism: Ruth Hopfer-Kubsch, Germany, Director of Studiosus Foundation

Using technology to empower local communities: Ha Lam – Vietnam, Co-founder of Triip.me

Eco Tourism: Ishita Khanna – India, Co-founder of Ecosphere

Tourism Leadership: Mmatsatsi Ramawela – South Africa, CEO of Tourism Business Council of S.A.

eTourism and Entrepreneurship in Tourism: Claudia Brozel – Germany, Professor, University for Sustainable Development

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