Women lauded for their con­tri­bu­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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

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