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Everywoman in Travel – shortlist announced

The finalists in the inaugural everywoman in Travel Awards have been announced.  The 18 finalists were hand-selected by a judging panel comprising some of the travel industry’s most discerning senior figures including Sophie Dekkers, UK Country Director at EasyJet, Jo Rzymowska, Vice President & Managing Director, UK and Ireland & Asia at Celebrity Cruises and our very own AWTE chair, Sarah Clayton-Turner.

The awards programme was launched this year to help recognise the exceptional women within the travel industry whose success stories will inspire the next generation and ensure the future pipeline of female talent. The winners will be announced at the everywoman in Travel Awards ceremony at East Wintergarden, located between the iconic towers of Canary Wharf in London on 16 November.

The 2017 everywoman in Travel Awards category finalists are as follows:

    • One to Watch, sponsored by TripAdvisor, awarded to a young game-changer in education or an apprenticeship who demonstrates a passion for the travel industry:
      • Ellie Barton, Apprentice, Hays Travel from Darlington
      • Albane Grimprel, Business Student, GEM (Grenoble Ecole de Management) from London
      • Sylvana Walsh, Customer and Owner Service Advisor, Hoseasons from Lowestoft
    • Tomorrow’s Leader, sponsored by TTG Media, awarded to a woman under 30 making a significant contribution to the sector
      • Rebecca Hipkin, Travel Support Team Leader, Intrepid Group from London
      • Sophie Holtom, Business Services Manager, arrangeMY from Worcester
      • Jillian Jackson, Loyalty & Partnerships Executive, Hilton from Glasgow
    • Entrepreneur, sponsored by Silversea Cruises, 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
      • Jessica Bain, Co-founder and Head of Trade Relations, Latin Routes from Surrey
      • Mary McKenna, Managing Director, Tour America from Dublin
      • Abi Wright, Co-Founder and Managing Director, from Newbury, London
    • Above & Beyond, sponsored by The Travel Network Group, awarded to a woman at any stage of her career that has truly gone above and beyond her role to help drive the organisation’s success
      • Susan Boxall, Customer Service Executive, Kuoni Travel from Dorking
      • Wendi Knibbs, Global Sales Evolution Specialist, Hilton from Watford
      • Karen Morris, Global Operations Director, Travel Counsellors from Manchester
    • Team Leader, sponsored by AvisBudget, awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success:
      • Anna Macleod, Business Travel Manager, arrangeMY from Worcester
      • Sacha Peters, Head of Marketing, Ski Solutions from London
      • Angela Terry, Contact Centre Manager, TUI from Swansea
  • Leader, sponsored by Kuoni, awarded to a woman making a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the business
    • Wendy Atkin-Smith, Managing Director, Viking Cruises UK from London
    • Lindsey Esse, Managing Director, Darwin Escapes from Oxford
    • Helen Caron, Distribution & Cruise Director, TUI from Luton

We are very proud that one of the AWTE board, Jess Bain has been nominated in the Entrepreneur category and wish her, and all the other nominees the very best luck for the 16 November





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About TTG Media
TTG Media is a multi-platformed B2B media business connecting all sides of the travel industry through our website, a series of events and our portfolio of print magazines. Built around the Travel Trade Gazette, the magazine for the travel trade still publishing every week after 64 years, the 100% independent business publishes other magazines including the quarterly ttgluxury and bi-monthly Routes News, published under contract for the global Routes aviation forums. Flagship events the TTG Travel Awards and the TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies programme are complemented by the TTG On Tour series of travel agent roadshows, TTG LGBT events, TTG 30 Under 30 events and ttgluxury events including the annual ttgluxury seminar and Luxpo events for luxury travel agents.
About Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises’ 13 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents immersive cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE, OSE: RCL).