Seven female leaders of tourism in Inverness and Loch Ness have been named in the ‘Top 100 Women in Tourism’, published this week by Women In Tourism (WIT).
Freda Newton, Managing Director of Loch Ness by Jacobite; Jane Slaughter, owner of Pinewood Steading; Jo page, Digital Engagement Manager at Visit Inverness Loch Ness; Jo De Sylva, Chair of Visit Inverness Loch Ness; Joyce Arbuckle, Director of Sales at the Kingsmills Hotel; Marina Huggett, Chair of Achnagairn Estate; and Victoria Erasmus, owner of the Glen Mhor Hotel and Apartments, all feature in the list which was first launched in 2018.
Women In Tourism (WIT) was created in June 2015 by a small group of destination leaders who were passionate about the Scottish tourism industry.
The founding principles of WIT are to inspire, motivate, encourage and support women across the sector, while advocating for greater gender balance across leadership roles.
The Top 100 Women In Tourism is an opportunity to nominate women working across the tourism industry.
This year saw the highest number of nominations since it started four years ago, with nearly 250 received.
It also saw a wide range of nominees including hotel managers, guest experience experts, founders, café owners and social media influencers.
Speaking about those women recognised from Inverness and Loch Ness, Jo De Sylva, Chair of Visit Inverness Loch Ness (VILN), said:
“At Visit Inverness Loch Ness we see the leadership, tenacity and creativity of so many women in tourism businesses here.
“It is great to see their contributions to the industry recognised.”
Freda Newton, Managing Director or Loch Ness by Jacobite, added:
“I am honoured to be included in the Top 100 Women in Tourism and I’m certainly in good company!
“Tourism in Scotland brings significant value to our economy and creates employment opportunities at every level and in every region of the country.
“I hope more young women will be inspired to pursue a career in tourism.”
Susan Russell, Chair of Women In Tourism, concluded:
“Now, more than ever, it’s important that we recognise not just the economic benefits of tourism, but the opportunity for the sector to be recognised as a career of choice.
“The 2022 Top 100 highlights the wealth of talent we have here in Scotland, and we hope it inspires and motivates future tourism leaders.
“I’d like to congratulate our 2022 Top 100 Women In Tourism on all they’ve achieved, and continue to do.
“Without your passion, resilience and dedication, tourism in Scotland simply wouldn’t be what it is today.”