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Women in Tourism
Tourism offers numerous opportunities for women. However, there can be numerous challenges for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the tourism industry. Women are frequently holders of low paid and low status tourism jobs, in addition to performing gender stereotyped roles such as cleaning and cooking. Additionally, many women are vulnerable to sexual exploitation in destinations where there are strong links between tourism and the sex industry.
According to a UN Women and UNWTO report, greater gender equality will contribute to the overall quality of the tourist experience, with a considerable impact on profitability and quality across all aspects of the industry. In a 2010 report, they found some interesting results:
Women in tourism are typically earning 10-15% less than their male counterparts.
The tourism sector has almost twice as many women employers as other sectors.
One in five tourism ministers worldwide are women.
A large amount of unpaid work is being carried out by women in family tourism businesses.
Women’s employment in tourism is clearly concentrated in the service and clerical sector.
Tourism represents strong potential for women-owned businesses.