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21 Jun 2018

BY Sophie Griffiths


Revealed: Travel Pride Champions shortlist

TTG Media is proud to announce the shortlist for the first Travel Pride Champions, celebrating individuals across the industry working to improve diversity across the travel sector.

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Shortlist announced for Travel Pride Champions

From launching women’s networks within their organisations to working to embrace different ethnicities and cultures within a company, as well as creating LGBT networks, TTG was bowled over the inspirational work of individuals throughout travel.


One shortlisted Travel Pride Champion was a victim of homophobia at his previous employer, but wanted to ensure no-one else ever had to go through the same experiences as him, and subsequently created an LGBT Employee Resource Group when he started at his new company.

Another developed a more inclusive offering for their company, creating LGBT-friendly tours, as well as Halal and Kosher restaurants.


Meanwhile another shortlisted Champion launched a women’s network, hosting regional events to embrace diversity across the UK.


The 2018 Travel Pride Champions shortlist:

  • Cherie Richards, director of commercial, The Global Travel Group
  • Bradley Escorcio, product manager media and partnerships, Thomas Cook
  • Carrie Grant, sales manager, Kuoni
  • Laura Town, content production and publication manager, Cottages.com
  • Darren Hutton, international Litigation Manager and LGBT+ Employee Resource Group Lead, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd
  • Liz Cairns, head of leisure land product, Flight Centre
  • Jonathan Peat, sales manager, Celebrity Cruises
  • Seb Thompson, press office manager and Patrick Alexander, head of marketing Manchester Airport
  • Kenny Smith, international business development manager, OTT
  • Alice Hye, services contracts manager, AC Group
  • Susie Goss, marketing director, James Villa Holidays
  • Mark and Stuart Swords, founders, Swords Travel
  • Gordon Smith and Krystin Arneson, KOG

The winning Travel Pride Champions will be named at this year’s Travel Pride after the TTG LGBT Conference.


MORE: Buy tickets to this year’s TTG LGBT Conference


MORE: Who’s speaking at this year’s TTG LGBT Conference?


MORE: Keynote speakers announced

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