Equality in the workplace has long been a pressing issue. Historically, the travel and technology sectors have underperformed in bringing women into leadership roles. Even before the pandemic, travel had begun to backslide in hiring women into senior leadership roles.
The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021 is a global examination of how employment practices affect gender equality. It shows that between 2019 and 2020, the number of women in leadership in consumer, recreation and travel decreased by 1%. Only 33.9% of senior roles were held by women, while they make up 43% of those employed in the sector.
We are highlighting nearly 40 C-level women in tours and activities tech and distribution. Whom have we missed? Contact [email protected] to add to the list.
Women Leaders in Experiences Technology
Katrina Affleck, co-founder, CEO and product manager — atravo.
Affleck co-founded atravo., a booking and reservations platform, in November 2020. She also lectures at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya on the importance of technology in art & culture
Alaa Alkhatib, Vice President, Destination Management, dnata
While not formally a C-level title, we’re making an exception here. Alkhatib directly oversees PrioHub (among other units) inside Emirates’ dnata Travel Group. PrioHub is a booking system, distribution and channel management platform for tours and attractions across the United Arab Emirates.
Maria Aivalioti, COO — Travelotopos
Megan Allen, President and CEO – CityPASS
Megan Allen leads one of the major multi-attraction pass providers serving 15 markets in North America.
Alice Aubrey, content director and co-founder — LoveToVisit
Alice Aubrey co-founded U.K. experiences OTA LoveToVisit with her sister Georgia (below) and Fed Pereira in December 2020
Georgia Aubrey, partnerships director and co-founder — LoveToVisit
Georgia Aubrey leads partnerships at LoveToVisit, which she founded with her sister, Alice (above)
Jackie Babbage, co-founder & CEO — Gifting Owl
Ruzwana Bashir, co-founder and CEO — Peek
Shay Bellas, founder and CEO — NaviTour
Susan DeBottis, chief growth officer — Rezdy
Chitra Gurnani Daga, co-founder and CEO — Thrillophilia.com
Sarah Dines, Chief Commercial Officer – Viator
After leading partnerships and business development since 2018, Dines was promoted to chief commercial officer in July.
Kristen Dorsett, Chief Product Officer – Viator
This eight-year veteran of Viator spent years growing supply side services of the Viator marketplace.
Sabine Anna Engel, CEO & founder, Miomente
Engel founded German culinary experiences marketplace Miomente in 2010
Melissa Halliburton, Founder & CEO – Bring Fido
Halliburton founded this online travel agency for pet-friendly travel and experiences in 2004.
Diana Isaac, CEO & Founder – Winerist
This one-time portfolio manager at Blackrock launched this U.K.-based OTA for wine-related tours and experiences in 2016.
Megan Langer, Co-founder & COO, The Flybook
Langer is co-founder with Craig Langer of tour and activity booking system The Flybook, which was acquired by Fullsteam in 2020.
Robin Harnish, COO — Holibob
A veteran of Viator and Tripadvisor, Harnish joined Holibob during the B2B distributor’s acquisition of TourismSolved
Carrie Keplinger, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development — Go City
Previously COO, Kepplinger has worked with Go City since 2017. She is also on the board of the Open Connectivity for Tours, Activities and Attractions API specification
Dana Lattouf, CEO — Tickitto
Lattouf is CEO at U.K.-based Tickitto, which provides APIs and white-label solutions for ticketing, since 2018
Stephanie Lawrence, co-founder and co-CEO — Traveling Spoon
Jasmine Lin, CEO – Rezio
Jasmine Lin leads the booking system platform serving operators and attractions in Asia from the Taiwan-based online travel agency KKday.
Monica Marics, COO — RocketRez
COO at booking engine RocketRez since Jan 2021, Marics has plenty of experience leading operations, customer success, and product management teams
Melanie Meador, CEO and president — Redeam
Blanca Menchaca, co-founder and CEO — BeMyGuest
Murielle Montecalvo, founder and CEO — Vacayou
June Ohashi, co-founder and CEO — Rezgo
Ohashi co-founded Rezgo, a reservation system, almost 18 years ago
Quynh Pham, co-founder and CEO — TourMega
Serial founder Pham launched TourMega in 2017. It is a search engine, aggregator, and price comparison tool for tours and activities
Jennie Putt, general manager – Bokun
This Tripadvisor veteran of nearly 15 years has held senior operations positions across vacation rentals and experiences. Early this year, Jennie was promoted to General Manager of booking software provider Bokun.
Karen Piscitelli founder and CEO — Explorabout
Piscitelli founded Explorabout in 2021 to help connect experiences and holiday rentals in the U.S.
Raquella Raiz, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer — Cray
Tanja Ruesch, chief people officer — GetYourGuide
Having spent almost 10 years at Amazon, Ruesch became Chief People Officer at GetYourGuide in 2021
Camille Rumani, co-founder and COO — Eatwith
Rumani founded EatWith as VizEat in 2013. It connects travelers to local culinary experiences. She was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018
Kiran Samra, founder — Lokafy
Lokafy connects travelers with local walking guides. It was founded by Samra in 2013
Christine Scheil, managing director and group CFO — Jochen Schweizer Mydays Group
Scheil covers the experiences division at ProSieben, the Germany media company, which acquired the two online activities sites serving the German market Jochen Schweizer and Mydays, as well as booking system Regiondo
Nicole Smith, founder and CEO — Flytographer
Since Smith launched in 2013, her Flytographer — a vacation photographer marketplace — has sold over $25 million in photo shoots and captured over 4 million memories for travellers around the world. Smith also serves on the board of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs in Canada, and was featured in Mashable’s “Eight Women Shattering the Travel Industry’s Glass Ceiling.”
Janice Sousa, co-founder — Indie Travel
Daphne Tsevreni, co-founder and chief revenue officer — Clio Muse
Aashi Vel, co-founder and co-CEO — Traveling Spoon
Vel co-founded online marketplace for culinary experiences Traveling Spoon with Stephanie Lawrence (above). She is also head of partnerships at Rebel Girls and a director at the World Food Travel Association
Catherine Warrilow, managing director — Daysout.com
Soon-to-launch Daysout.com will be a ticketing site for attractions. Warrilow has a wealth of experience in travel and entertainment brands
Melanie White, executive vice-president — Virgin Gift Experiences
Whom did we miss? Let us know: [email protected]
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