Hotelympia to celebrate Women in Hospitality day

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UK: Hotelympia will mark International Women’s Day with a Women in Hospitality celebration

The UK's biggest hospitality event Hotelympia will mark International Women's Day with a Women in Hospitality day celebration.

The day, held on Thursday March 8th 2018, will celebrate successes and look at challenges for women in the industry.

Speakers will include newly appointed Government Night Czar, Amy Lamé; chef at Le Gavroche, Emily Roux, and winner of Great British Menu 2017, Pip Lacey. The programme of content is being designed by founder of social enterprise, Women in Travel CIC, Alessandra Alonso.

Hotelympia Portfolio Director, Ross Carter, comments: "With recent statistics^ from the Change Group highlighting that it is men (58%) who currently dominate hospitality senior managerial roles as well as ownership of restaurants and catering establishments, it has never been more important to use our platform, as the UK's biggest hospitality event, to debate what the industry can do to progress more female talent through the ranks. But it's not just about progressing younger candidates, we need further thinking around how we welcome women back into the workforce following maternity, while there is also the wider and more fragmented issue of the gender pay gap at play."

Alessandra Alonso adds: "I praise Hotelympia for launching a day that will hopefully become a feature of the show and that will see women and men come together to share, learn, inspire, network and mentor each other on important issues such as entrepreneurship, leadership, flexible working, talent and career development and many others. Ultimately it is about making the whole industry more diverse and inclusive to secure its sustainable future."

Registration is now open for Hotelympia. Information is available here.

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