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Travel Trade Gazette 17.07.2014 TTGDIGITAL.COM


Pippa Jacks Editor


female bishops for the first time, and the day before a further three women ministers joined the Cabinet, the Association of Women Travel Executives met to honour the 60 most influential women in the travel industry, as well as celebrating the association’s 60th anniversary. When AWTE was established in 1954, it must have


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been almost impossible to imagine a time when a company such as Thomas Cook would have a female chief executive. Fast-forward to 2014, and Cook’s Harriet Green is not only in the driving seat but also winning business accolades left, right and centre. From AWTE, this meant not just a spot on its “60 for 60” list, but also a separate Business Impact award for innovation. Equality and opportunity for women have moved on


irrevocably in travel, then. But does that mean no barriers and challenges remain? I’m fortunate in never having felt my gender might


hold me back in my journalistic career – indeed, a former female TTGeditor was honoured in AWTE’s list. And we were proud to have TTG Media shortlisted by AWTE as a company committed to gender equality, with women holding seven out of 10 senior positions. Yet it was clear chatting to women at AWTE’s dinner


that being a woman in a senior role in travel can still present challenges, whether it’s facing a continued gender imbalance on the board, or the frantic juggling of home and work life, or some sense a woman in an executive role must sometimes work harder to prove themselves than a man in the same position. Sixty years has brought much change, but it will take


several years for female bishops to reach a significant number and the travel industry has further to go too. Away from all the nostalgia and dodgy old photos –


entertaining as they are – that’s why Monday’s celebrations, and AWTE itself, is still hugely important. We’ve listed some of the 60 women who made the list on page 5, but see ttgdigital.com for a full list, and Facebook for all the photos from the night.


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16 04 NEWS.


10 TTG Analysis: Despite the tales of doom, there are positive signs of life in the high street 12 City: Bmi regional gears up for a new period of expansion 14 Cruise: Clia UK and Ireland urges the sector to prepare for cruise week 16 Luxury Travel: Resplendent Ceylon launches new ventures in Sri Lanka 18 The week in travel: Travel 2 announces Commonwealth comp, while TV’s Sherrie Hewson stars in new Shearings programme


22TALK.


23 Darren Caplan on why growth in aviation needn’t be at odds with a sustainability agenda: “The ambition for sustainable aviation fuels will only be realised if the UK takes steps to remove barriers to the development of these new technologies, to reduce investor risk in bringing the technology to commercial scale, stimulate the market and level the playing field with fuel incentives in other sectors.”


24TOOLKIT.


24 Selling Power: We meet Tony Bassett, the man behind a change in fortune at Sunninghill Travel 26 Technology:Why a technology tool trialled by the Pentagon could prove useful for travel agents 28 Marketing Magic: How to stop customers unsubscribing from your e-marketing communications 29 Good Business: The Monarch Foundation ramps up fundraising 30 Mystery Shopper:We head to Chorley with a request for a relaxing break in Fiji on a budget of £5,000


33 FEATURES. 10


33 On Our Radar: A day out at Diggerland is a young constructor’s dream 35 Luxury Holidays: London hotels on the rise; afternoon tea at Ting; Q&A with Explora brand director Richard Sharman 41 Pacific Islands: Top cruising itineraries; and Thomas Rebergue on Tahiti Tourisme’s rebrand


50GETAWAY.


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t’s been a good week for women. On the same day the Church of England voted to allow


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