Hold onto your hats: It’s the Women In Travel Power List longlist!

Hold onto your hats: It’s the Women In Travel Power List longlist!

Brace yourself because what you’re about to see is the absolute top of the women in the travel industry!

The Women In Travel Power List longlist has the ladies who are the juggernauts, the who’s who, the true trailblazers of travel and when we say they are leading the world of travel, we mean it!

This list has come together from hours and hours of expert examination of our industry to understand who’s at the top. But we want to hear from you (a bit more).

If you’d like to nominate someone that you feel absolutely deserves to be on this list then click here to put that person’s name down.

We’ll then throw the combined list to our judging panel to select the top picks, thus arriving at the final 20 which will be announced on the Women In Travel Awards night (5 December, in case you needed a reminder).

So, enough of the waffle, here’s what you came to the article to see: the Women In Travel Power List longlist (in alphabetical order).

  1. Alice Ager – MD, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
  2. Alice Moore – Director, Elysse Collective
  3. Alicia Triggs – Executive GM Sales & Partnerships, Journey Beyond
  4. Allison Haworth West – GM, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji
  5. Anna McMurtrie – MD, Wentworth Travel
  6. Anne Wild – MD, Anne Wild & Associates
  7. Barbara Whitten – MD, Anywhere Travel
  8. Cara Morton – Group CEO, Covermore
  9. Carole Smethurst – MD, Bicton Travel
  10. Caroline Hitchen – GM, Cruise HQ
  11. Cassi Tormey – Owner, Cornerstone L&D
  12. Cinzia Burnes – Executive Director, Helloworld
  13. Christina Werkstetter – SVP Aviation Partnerships, Sydney Airport
  14. Danielle Galloway – MD Luxury & Independent Brands, Flight Centre Travel Group
  15. Deb Corbett – GM, Ponant 
  16. Debra Fox – MD, A&K
  17. Fiona Dalton – GM, Virtuoso Travel
  18. Gai Tyrrell – MD, Globus family of brands
  19. Halina Kubica – MD, Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre
  20. Hayley Jane Morris – Founder, Sisterhood Womens Travel
  21. Jacqui Walshe – Executive Chairman, Walshe Group
  22. Jayne Hrdlicka – CEO, Virgin Australia
  23. Jean Summers-Reeves – Director, Globenet Travel/Clean Cruising
  24. Jill Abel – CEO, Australian Cruise Association
  25. Julie King – Founder & CEO, Julie King & Associates and Bonailie
  26. Julie Primmer – Co-Founder/Director, Ascend Travel Group
  27. Justine Waddington – Founder & Director, Encounter Travel
  28. Kara Glamore – VP Australia, Carnival Cruise Line
  29. Karen Deveson – Group GM Cruise, Helloworld
  30. Karen McGilvray – MD NSW & ACT, Corporate Travel Management
  31. Karen Merricks – Co-Founder, MTA travel
  32. Kathryn O’Brien – GM Australia, Air New Zealand
  33. Kaylene Shuttlewood – MD, Amadeus
  34. Leanne Harwood – SVP & MD JAPAC & President, Accommodation Australia
  35. Lorie Argus – CEO, Melbourne Airport 
  36. Lisa Burquest – Chief People Officer, Virgin Australia
  37. Lisa Teiotu – MD, MSC Cruises
  38. Lisa Pagotto – GM & Founder, Crooked Compass
  39. Lisa Pile – VP & GM, Regents Seven Seas Cruises
  40. Lou Tandy – Co-Owner, APT
  41. Louise Dann – GM, Helloworld Travel Hunter Travel Group
  42. Louise Laing – GM Marketing, Intrepid
  43. Lynda Wallace – Co-Founder/Director, Ascend Travel Group
  44. Lynne Clarke – Chairman, MSC
  45. Marion Bunnik – Founder, Bunnik Tours
  46. Marion Charlton – COO, Gold Coast Airport 
  47. Michelle Black – MD, Viking Cruises 
  48. Nicole Boyer – GM Supplier Partnerships, CT Partners
  49. Nicole Strudwick – GM Sales, Travellers Choice
  50. Penny Spencer – MD, Spencer Travel
  51. Phillipa Harrison – MD, Tourism Australia
  52. Philippa Walker – Marketing Director APAC, Silversea
  53. Sarah Clark – CEO, Tourism Tasmania
  54. Sarina Bratton – Chairman APAC & Special Advisor to Executive, Ponant
  55. Shelley Poten – MD, Albatross Tours, Managing Director
  56. Stacey McBride – Manager, Accommodation Australia
  57. Stephanie Tully – CEO, Jetstar Group
  58. Sue Badyari – CEO, World Expeditions
  59. Susan Coghill – CMO, Tourism Australia
  60. Susan Haberle – VP Sales & Partnerships, A&K
  61. Susie Potter – CEO, The Africa Safari Co.
  62. Toni Ambler – MD ANZ, TTC Tour Brands (Luxury Gold, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar Costsaver & Contiki)
  63. Vanessa Hudson – CEO, Qantas
  64. Vanessa Wallace-Kaplan – MD, V Travel Network
  65. Yana Sharvts – Acting Country Manager & Marketing & Communications Manager, South Africa Tourism
  66. Yen Kho – Country Manager, Qatar Airways
  67. Yvette Thompson – GM Sales & Partnerships, Intrepid

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