Hotel executive champions Caribbean women in tourism

Martha Elwell By Martha Elwell
13 March 2018 | Updated 13 March 2018

Caribbean: Karolin Troubetzkoy spoke in support of the growing role of Caribbean women in tourism

A prominent  hotel executive in the Caribbean has called on the region's leaders to support women working in tourism.

Karolin Troubetzkoy, executive director of St. Lucia's Jade Mountain resort, said: "Caribbean women are some of the most powerful and accomplished women in the global tourism and hospitality sectors, but there is still a need to ensure they can shine and advance without being compromised or limited."

Troubetzkoy, who is also President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), suggested initiating a dialogue with female leaders in the Caribbean tourism industry to deal with the type of concerns that led to the formation of the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements in North America. She also highlighted the need to tackle other gender and professional development-related issues.  

She added: "Our women are often at the frontlines of our tourism and hospitality industries because of the natural welcoming natures of our Caribbean people and we want to give them a forum to highlight issues, voice concerns, advance solutions and to ultimately ensure a safe and fair working environment… In addition to being an important industry for women to earn a living, tourism is also by far the leading bread earner for the Caribbean region, so protecting our women and allowing them to shine will also positively impact our valuable investments themselves. Women have done a lot of thinking about these issues for years, so it's time to hear their voices and to disseminate their recommendations much more widely. It's time to #PressforProgress," she concluded, referring to this year's International Women's Day theme.

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