Gender Champion of the Year Award

Recognising excellence in commitment to gender equality within the tourism and hospitality industries internationally.

Celebrate your success

Recognise the hard work of your team, praising their innovation and dedication to addressing gender equality.

Gain a competitive edge

Showcase your organisation as one that is leading the way towards the industry’s sustainability goals.

Create Global Change

Set an industry example for ways in which organisations can support gender equality in the workplace.

The Gender Equality Champion of the Year Award is an internationally recognised honour within the tourism and hospitality industries. It’s bestowed upon organisations that demonstrate excellence in their commitment to gender equality.

Launched in 2022, the Award acknowledges leaders in gender equality and showcases their exceptional practices, facilitating their adoption and enhancement throughout the sector. The aim is to promote progress and encourage more firms to integrate gender equality into their policies and work methodologies.

The only one of its kind on a global platform, the Award is a tribute to those in the industry who are pioneering the way towards a more gender-balanced world. 

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Gender Equality Champion of the Year 2024 winners and panelists on stage at ITB Berlin

Gender Equality Champion of the Year 2024

We introduced two categories for the 2024 edition of the Award: Accommodation and Travel & Destinations. Our winners were revealed during a ceremony and panel discussion at ITB Berlin on 6th March. 

  • Accommodation: Accor Brazil Embrace Program
  • Travel & Destinations: Eternal Landscapes Mongolia 
  • Highly commended runner-up: NH Hotel Group, part of Minor Hotels


They follow in the footsteps of Costa Rican travel operator Travel Excellence, the first organisation to receive this prestigious award in 2023, as well as last year’s runners up – ETUR from Ecuador and AdventureWomen from the US. All set a shining example for others looking to carve out an equitable, responsible industry. 

 

About the 2024 Champions

Eternal Landscapes Mongolia logo with tagline "Be part of a bigger travel philosophy"

Eternal Landscapes Mongolia is a social enterprise tour operator, leading tailor-made tours that benefit local projects, people and communities.

Since its beginnings in 2010, the company has been steadfast in promoting gender equality and empowering women in Mongolia’s tourism sector. They create employment and training opportunities for women from outside the industry, helping them become guides and benefit from local tourism. 

A training programme builds skills, confidence and knowledge, benefitting the guides both professionally and personally. Looking ahead, Eternal Landscapes aims to create a community-based centre where they can formalise and further develop this programme.  

Collaborations with international women-only tour operators also further enhance the skills and career prospects of female team members. 

The Accor Brazil Embrace Program is an initiative run by the hotel group’s gender diversity and equality network, RiiSE, in partnership with non-profit Bem Querer Mulher. 

They launched the programme during the Covid-19 pandemic, a period in which violence against women skyrocketed. The Embrace Program supports survivors of domestic violence all over Brazil, turning Accor hotels into places of safety and opportunity.

Women and their children are offered accommodation, as well as psychological support, social reintegration and professional training. Through the Accor Academy, they’re prepared for a career in hospitality.

Since 2020, the programme has hosted more than 500 women, 700 children and offered almost 6,000 room nights in Accor hotels.

Meet our Award Sponsors

We’re delighted Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (the Alliance) sponsored the Gender Equality Champion of the Year Award for a second year in 2024.

The Alliance drives collaborative action to enable the hospitality industry to have a lasting positive impact on the planet and its people. By working with CEOs and C-suite representatives from across the hospitality industry, alongside strategic partners, they are able to implement strategic action worldwide to create a prosperous and responsible hospitality sector that gives back to the destination more than it takes.

Their members have a reach of 7 million rooms and include world-leading hotel companies as well as regional brands. Their network also includes other parts of the hospitality value chain, including owners, investors, and suppliers, to further drive joined-up action on sustainability and accelerate the industry on the path to net-positive hospitality.

Inspiration ignites change, and as we proudly sponsor the Gender Equality Champion of the Year Award for the second year, we embrace the opportunity to celebrate organisations that embody the spirit of progress. In our collective journey towards Net Positive Hospitality, let us acknowledge and honour those who prioritise gender equality. This award not only illuminates best practices but also serves as a catalyst, propelling the hospitality sector towards a future where fairness and inclusivity are the cornerstone of excellence.

Glenn Mandziuk

CEO of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

Want to know more about the Award or becoming a sponsor? Email jaklien@equalityintourism.org.  

Wherever we refer to ‘women’ and ‘men’ in the questionnaire it includes any people who identify as women or men. Your personal information entered in the online application forms will only be used to process your application for the award, we will not share your information with third parties.