It’s what you’ve been waiting for – the most powerful women in travel have been unveiled!
The who’s who of the travel industry have been revealed, after you provided us with a massive list of some of the most inspiring, influential and powerful women we’ve ever seen.
A top team of expert judges sifted through the multitude of nominations and eventually decided on the 20 most influential women in the travel industry, in the form of our very own power list.
The list was revealed at the third annual Women in Travel Awards, held at Sydney’s Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf last night between glasses of champagne, canapés and inspirational speakers. And now we can reveal just who made the cut.
So without further ado, here are the top females in the travel industry!
20. Sujata Raman
Regional Managing Director AUS/APAC, Abercrombie & Kent
19. Debra Fox
Chief Commercial Officer, APT Travel Group
18. Gai Tyrrell
Regional Director Australia/NZ, Hawaiian
17. Penny Spencer
Managing Director, Spencer Group of Companies
16. Ann Elliott
General Manager, Corporate and Industry Sales, Virgin Australia Airlines
15. Jacqui Timmins
General Manager, Travelzoo
14. Jacqui Walshe
Managing Director, Walshe Group
13. Sarah Anderson
Managing Director, GTI Tourism
12. Karen Christensen
Managing Director & Senior Vice President, Crystal Cruises
11. Alex O’Connor
Managing Director, Insight Vacations
10. Kaylene Shuttlewood
Regional Managing Director, Travelcouncellors
9. Sarah Built
General Manager Australia/NZ, Etihad
8. Lisa Ronson
Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Australia
7. Fiona Dalton
Managing Director, Uniworld
6. Olivia Wirth
Group Executive, Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Qantas
5. Katrina Barry
Managing Director, Contiki
4. Cinzia Burnes
COO at The AOT Group & Executive Director Helloworld, The AOT Group & Helloworld
3. Wendy Wu
Founder, Wendy Wu
2. Ann Sherry OA
Executive Chairman, Carnival
1. Melanie Waters-Ryan
COO, Flight Centre Travel Group
The Women in Travel Awards this year were some of our best yet, and we can’t thank you all enough for coming and supporting the incredible female talent in this industry.
If for some reason you weren’t there, relive your regret over and over right here.
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