Everywoman in Travel has revealed the finalists for its 2019 awards, celebrating women throughout the travel sector from its apprentices to its leading lights.
In total, 33 finalists picked by key figures from travel, will now contest the 11 awards, which include the new for 2019 Disruptor award and the Male Agent of Change award.
Everywoman said despite progress in recent years, only 10% of chief executive, chief financial officer and chairman roles across FTSE 100 hospitality, travel and leisure companies are occupied by women, well below the 33% target set for 2020.
Karen Gill MBE, co-founder of everywoman, said: “This year’s finalists represent the talented men and women passionate and determined to achieve gender equality within the travel industry.
“We are excited for these incredible role models to aspire the next generation of talent in the sector and continue to promote the importance of the everywoman in Travel Awards.
“It’s clear the travel industry is moving in the right director to achieve gender equality, but there is still a way to go.”
Judges included: Rhiannon Dowdall, head of CRS programme at Heathrow airport; Pippa Jacks, group editor at TTG Media; Rachel Temperton, head of travel and tourism for Allianz Partners; Clare Tobin, chief executive of Olympic Holidays; and Jo Rzymowska, vice-president and managing director at Celebrity Cruises.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony held at East Wintergarden, London, on 13 November.
Beside category winners, an extraordinary Woman of the Year, whose success makes her an exceptional role model and industry ambassador, will also be announced.
Sponsored by Celebrity Cruises and awarded to a woman who is challenging the status quo in an unconventional and innovative way.
Sponsored by Avis Budget Group and awarded to a woman at any stage of her career who has truly gone above and beyond her role to help drive the organisation's success.
Awarded to an owner/operator of a travel business that has been operating for three years or more whose vision will inspire other women to start their own enterprise.
Sponsored by Olympic Holidays and awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.
Sponsored by Gold Medal and Travel 2 and awarded to a woman working outside the UK & Ireland who is a role model for women in her community.
Sponsored by Hilton and awarded to a woman who is making a significant contribution towards the strategic direction of the business through best practices, employee engagement, improved productivity and innovation.
Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in travel.
Sponsored by TripAdvisor and awarded to a young game-changer under the age of 25 in education or apprenticeship who demonstrates a passion for the travel industry.
Sponsored by Heathrow airport and awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.
Sponsored by TTG Media and awarded to a woman under 30 making a significant contribution to the sector.
A special recognition Award to honour a female travel pioneer whose wanderlust has inspired others to broaden their travel horizons. This particular category is voted by Telegraph Readers, and the winner of the Award is selected by the public vote.