Just ask, the answer may surprise you
fter the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the UK issued a blanket statement in July advising against all cruising, Ellen Bettridge, the President & CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, penned 500 words about how river cruises shouldn’t be compared to ocean cruising and sent it off to The Telegraph.
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Women in travel: Cedar Swan
From bringing the first group of travellers to HMS Erebus — a shipwreck discovered west of O’Reilly Island in Nunavut from the Franklin Expedition of 1845, which remained clouted in mystery for 170 years — to working alongside the likes of Robert Bateman, Doris McCarthy and Margaret Atwood, Cedar Swan has many stories to tell from memorable Arctic expeditions.
“Our... more ›
Women in travel: Teresa Ryder
As the director of business development for the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Teresa Ryder’s career has taken her from coast to coast to coast to witness living cultural experiences like throat singing lessons with Inuit throat singers in Iqaluit.
“Being able to go and meet people in their communities, in their space, and learn about all of our Indigenous... more ›
Women in Travel Roxanne Joyal
As a teenager, Roxanne Joyal spent a year abroad volunteering with mothers and children with AIDS in Thailand and starting a fair-trade program for women in Kenya to sell their beadwork to visitors. Although she went on to study international relations at Stanford University, earn a Rhodes scholarship and a law degree from Oxford, and clerk for the Supreme Court of... more ›
Women in Travel Monique Gomel
After working for iconic brands like L’Oréal and EA Sports, where she helped launch the company’s first female targeted product and its first foray into the fitness segment – which went on to be their highest selling title on the Wii platform – Monique Gomel was drawn to the travel industry.
“One of the things about Rocky Mountaineer was I was interested in... more ›
The founder of Women on Wheels, a program by the Azad Foundation that empowers resource-poor women in India to become professional drivers and enables them to gain remunerative livelihoods with dignity, says the idea behind her business model was to break the glass ceiling.
“There’s almost like a cement ceiling – it’s very tough to break because they haven’t had the... more ›
It’s all about empowering the team
With Master’s degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University, Alison Hickey got into the travel industry organically. The president of Kensington Tours, which specializes in tailor-made luxury tours, custom tours, safaris and travel packages, previously held leadership roles with companies like the Bank of Montreal, Maple Leaf Foods, and... more ›
Selling the ever-changing magic of Disney
(Photo above: Marlie Morrison at Ronto Roasters, locatedin the Black Spire Outpost, during the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort.)
Leading Disney teams across Asia Pacific and Canada, Marlie Morrison says the factors that drive respective markets to travel to its theme parks vary like night and day.
“It’s so different, which is fascinating. I... more ›
Secrets of success: Build relationships, embrace challenges
Before getting into the travel industry, Angella Bennett was eyeing a slightly furrier field.
“It’s funny, I wanted to be a vet. This was my passion back in time, I wanted to be a veterinarian. But I had gone to school outside of Montego Bay, which was then more the tourism capital. When I returned home there was only [jobs in] hotels or banking, and so I decided my... more ›
They’re movers and shakers. Their contributions have changed and continue to change the nature of travel, both in Canada and around the world. In this week’s issue, in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, Canadian Travel Press’ series of profiles on Women in Travel continues with Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Best... more ›