Panel 1 Tourism policies to enable gender equality

Do government policies take into consideration and address gender inequality challenges in the tourism sector? Can a focus on gender equality policies and investment in women empowerment projects make a destination more competitive and inclusive in the long run? What are some examples of best tourism policies focused on gender equality?

Tourism, being one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world which accounts for 10% of the world’s GDP, is also a labor intense industry in which women make up a large proportion of the formal workforce. However, this does not yet translate in equal benefits since typically women earn 10% to 15% less than their male counterparts. Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls by 2030 (Goal 5) requires policy changes and proactive programme actions which lead by example. Sound policies, in partnership with civil society and the private sector, together with enforceable legislation can forge an inclusive tourism sector that can impact positively the society and the competitiveness of a destination.

Panel will focus on:

  • Public policies that support women empowerment in the tourism sector.
  • Best practices highlighting tourism products and projects led by women which promote gender equality.

Case studies showcasing how destinations can become more competitive through introduction of gender equality policies and investment in women empowerment projects.