The Association of Women Travel Executives have today announced changes to their membership to allow for greater networking opportunities and to encourage women displaced from the Travel Industry during the pandemic to stay connected. From today, membership has been extended to allow AWTE will accept all female and male travel professionals who wish to progress or support others in their chosen field. Male colleagues are now able to join independently of company membership to help them support gender diversity in their workplace and drive the conversation forward as allies. In addition, the association has expanded their Associate Membership, which was previously targeted to retired members, to include colleagues who have had a career in Travel but find themselves no longer working directly in the industry. The AWTE are focused on encouraging talent to return to the industry where opportunities arise and enable those who have moved to alternative business sectors to stay in touch with industry colleagues. In 2020, AWTE extended membership for free for the full year to April 2021 in order to assist members whose roles were affected by the pandemic. In order to offer as much value as possible, they have frozen prices for membership at the 2019 rate and have also removed the one-off implementation fee for new members. Individual membership costs just £80 plus VAT and offers members a range of benefits including:
· Free networking and mentoring to help identify future collaborators, partners and suppliers
· The Benevolent, offering support for members in need
· Discounted rates for events and development sessions including the legendary Annual Christmas lunch
Founded in 1954, AWTE is a member organization that provides women in the travel industry with a programme of professional development seminars, workshops and events for business improvement and networking. A not-for-profit organization, the AWTE is run voluntarily by a board of experienced senior women in the travel sector.