Alessandra Alonso MBA, MSc Founder, Women in Travel CIC

Alessandra is a senior professional with 20 years of experience in and around the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry and is our official curator of the Women in Hospitality day at Hotelympia.

Alessandra started her career as a trainee in Tourism at the European Commission. Having held senior positions in prestigious companies including The World Travel & Tourism Council and KPMG she subsequently pursued her passion for supporting women and diversity more generally in the industry by setting up consultancy Shine and co-founding the Shine Awards for Women’s Achievement in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality in 2004.Recognised as a trail-blazer in the sector, Shine mentored and coached hundreds of female mentees from the sector and run highly successful tourism skills programmes across the UK, between 2003 and 2010. The Shine Awards remain the original women focussed awards and still run today through sector skills council People1st... 

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Institute of Hospitality

The Institute of Hospitality is proud to support Women in Hospitality Day at Hotelympia. The Institute of Hospitality is the international professional membership organisation for individual managers and aspiring managers working in the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry and has been the industry’s leading network for more than 75 years. Globally, 70% of hospitality and tourism workers are female, and yet men hold the vast majority of management and board positions. We believe that better engagement of women in hospitality workplaces at all lifestages -  through flexible working, gender psychology, mentoring and leadership -  would make our industry more efficient and more profitable.