Women lauded for their contribution
THREE local women have been included on a Qld Tourism Industry Council list of women making a difference in the industry.
They are Rachael Hodges (assistant general manager at the Mossman Gorge Centre), Natalie Chapman (HR manager at the Mossman Gorge Centre) and Jan Claxton, owner of Ocean Safari and Ocean Rafting.
With Qld Women’s Week finishing last Sunday, Qld Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said now was the time for tourism and hospitality to continue fighting for gender equality and diversity in the workforce.
“The theme of Queensland Women’s Week was ‘ When women achieve, Queensland succeeds’ and nothing could be more true for the state’s tourism and hospitality sectors which employ a very high proportion of females,” Mr Gschwind said.
“Tourism and hospitality in Queensland contribute $23 bil- lion in expenditure to the state’s economy, therefore it is critical for our state to focus on equity issues such as narrowing gender pay gaps and providing more support services for women in the workforce.
“The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has stated that societies and economies flourish when women and men are more equal.
“We want to see Queensland and indeed Australia positioned in a more positive light when it comes to gender equality.”
He said women were prominently represented in many leading roles in tourism in Queensland, including in transport, hotel management, tour operators, attractions, events, administration, resarch and travel.
Natalie Chapman and Rachael Hodges