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Celebrating Inpiring Women in Luxury Travel & Hospitality

On International Women’s Day 2024, we celebrate female trailblazers in luxury travel and hospitality around the globe. From the Maldives to Botswana to London, women are leading the way to a better world where belonging, empowerment and relevance take centre stage.

Highlighting the achievements of women at the forefront of the luxury travel industry, a campaign with the theme of #InspireInclusion aims to raise awareness of discrimination and inspire understanding of the value of bringing women to the foreground.

Cora Cora Maldives is the only Maldivian resort to have an all-female airport welcome team, warmly greeting guests the moment they step off the plane and leading the way until they depart. Women also get top billing at the Ginger Moon restaurant, where the all-female team led by Chef May is encouraged to develop their talents in a traditionally male-dominated field and create delicious Asian food with love and passion.  

Women in wine are also at the forefront of legendary London restaurants Wiltons, a fine dining British classic, and Franco’s, the famed Italian stalwart, both of which are paving the way for a new generation of female sommeliers.  

Cora Cora Maldives Ginger Moon Team

At Wiltons, Monica Bacchiocchi has turned her passion into a stellar career, guiding diners through the extensive selection of wines for the perfect accompaniment to their classic British dishes. At Franco’s, Guilia Fenoglio has been instrumental in developing a spectacular collection of Italian wines, originally focused on reds, but now famed for its vast choice of rosé wines and fresh summer whites.  

“Women have a different sensitivity to men,” says Monica. “Their senses seem heightened in shades of colour and smells which benefits everybody when they can show their skills, passion, and love of what they are doing.”  

Nowhere is female ambition and commitment more recognised than at Desert & Delta Safaris’ five-star Chobe Game Lodge, where female tour guide, Florence Kagiso, was awarded the prestigious title of ‘The Innovator’ at the National Geographic Traveller Reader Awards 2021. A true inspiration for women and girls across Africa, Florence was one of the first female safari guides in Botswana. She now mentors and leads the first all-female guide team in Africa affectionately known as Chobe’s Angels.  

When Florence started out, guiding was still largely a male domain - spending hours in the bush, changing tyres, driving through rough terrain, and navigating river cruises was not considered a suitable career for women. But Florence worked hard and having proved that she was more than capable, the management of Chobe Game Lodge also noticed that she took better care of the vehicles than her male counterparts and, having a more watchful approach to the wildlife and nature around her, she also consumed less fuel. Thanks to her determination, Chobe Game Lodge is now renowned as the home of Africa’s first team of all-female guides.

At Desert and Delta Safaris, female empowerment and gender equality lie at the heart of their CARES philosophy. Florence’s achievements here have had an extraordinary impact on the local community as well as further afield, inspiring young women and girls across Africa to strive for successful careers.

Join these outstanding women in luxury travel and hospitality to celebrate female success on International Women’s Day 2024!

Storrington Collective is a member of PRCA and a full-service public relations agency, catering exclusively to the luxury travel and hospitality sector. 

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