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To mark Sunday’s International Women’s Day, we publish a series of interviews with some of the sector’s newly appointed women leaders.
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Tania Stoyanof’s relatively new business, Black Label Experience, is offering bespoke, unique New Zealand experiences for the global elite.
Jenny Tait and her husband Peter started tours to White Island in 1990 with a single boat ferrying six passengers at a time from Whakatane. Today, their business operates four vessels taking up to 350 people a day to the volcanic island.
Chris Savage started in tourism in the late 1980s at Rainbow & Fairy Springs, went travelling and then returned to a desk job in insurance. But the lure of adventure proved too strong and, along with her husband Dean, started a unique boat tour that offers swimming with stingrays.
After starting her business in 1997, Trish Abrahamson has turned Naturally NZ Holidays into one of the best respected ITOs in the country.
An experienced traveller and buisnesswoman, Buurman is using all of her skills and knowledge to guide her business through the recovery following the Kaikoura earthquake.
Ceillhe Sperath’s award winning TIME Unlimited Tours offers excursions around Auckland – and further afield – as well as Māori cultural tours.
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Wanaka-based Kerry Kettle is the co-founder and owner of New Zealand Fine Touring Group which specialises in customized self-drive and coach tours.
Kat Van Dijk entered tourism relatively recently when she joined JUCY just over four years ago. She is GM Southern Lakes at what was originally a car rental company but has expanded into campervans, cruise and hotels.
Tash Lawrence has worked for AJ Hackett New Zealand since she was majoring in tourism at AUT 11 years ago. She was the pioneering tourism company’s first female jump-master in Auckland and has been Auckland sales manager for coming up four years.
Attitudes towards females have “come along way” since hotel management trail-blazer Penny Clark became the first female GM in New Zealand.
The Minister for Women, also the Minister of Tourism, Paula Bennett’s full address yesterday to the Human Resources Institute calling for action to close the gender pay gap.
Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities — typically more than double the time spent by men and boys, says UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
To mark International Women’s Day, the Ticker talks to ten women operators who are making their mark on New Zealand’s tourism industry.