2023 JourneyWoman Award Call for Entries Now Open

by | Oct 3, 2022

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Last updated on November 3rd, 2022

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Nominate a woman leader by November 4, 2022

By JourneyWoman

The women in this community are a well-travelled bunch, with extensive networks in the travel industry.

That’s why we’re calling on you to submit your nominations for the 2022 JourneyWoman Award for Lifetime Achievement. You have until November 4, 2022 to nominate a woman who has dedicated her professional life to empowering women in the travel industry. It could be a tour operator, hotel owner, travel agent, or other travel professional.

The JourneyWoman Award will be presented at the 2023 Bessie Awards at the Women in Travel Summit in May 2023 in Puerto Rico.

It was renamed the JourneyWoman Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2021 in recognition of Evelyn Hannon, Founder of JourneyWoman, and her achievements in inspiring women to embrace solo travel. Evelyn started JourneyWoman in 1994 and revolutionized travel for women around the world, helping the industry understand that women had different needs and safety was a primary concern. 

“The JourneyWoman Award celebrates Evelyn’s legacy and dedication to empowering other women through travel,” says Carolyn Ray, CEO, JourneyWoman. “Through it, we can acknowledge women who have broken barriers, challenged the status quo, and followed their hearts. Women you have told us – you can do it – and shown us through their own actions.”

Carolyn Ray presenting the 2022 JourneyWoman Award  (with Awards host Jessica van Dop DeJesus)

In 2022, The JourneyWoman Award went to Anna Pollock, Founder Conscious Travel, an alternative model to mass industrial tourism that develops conscious hosts capable of generating a higher net return for their business and host community.

She has over 50 years’ experience in tourism as an independent consultant, strategist, international speaker and change agent and is an acclaimed thought leader in the emerging field of regenerative tourism. She has undertaken seminal work in many aspects of tourism, notably in education, sustainability and technology. Her current focus is on the intimate relationship between food, farming and hospitality. She has put out a discussion paper Hosts For Life, designed to create closer collaboration between hosts, farmers, and food producers at the community level as a catalyst for regenerative development.

 You can read more about Anna here


Anna Pollock 2022 JourneyWoman Award  Winner

On April 23, 2021, Alessandra Alonso became the inaugural recipient of the JourneyWoman Award, a partnership between JourneyWoman and Wanderful. Alessandra is the founder of Women in Travel CIC, a social enterprise that seeks to empower women using travel and tourism as a force for good. Fluent in five languages, Alessandra has an impressive professional background, including degrees from the London School of Economics, the École des Ponts Business School in Paris, and the University of Florence. She spent over 20 years in consulting, where she operated a business that focused on gender diversity long before it was mainstream.

Read more about this trailblazer and JourneyWoman Award for Lifetime Achievement winner here.

As in previous years, women from the JourneyWoman community will be involved in choosing the next JourneyWoman Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient, and that starts with actively nominating candidates. Make your voice heard. Uplift a deserving travel professional who is committed to serving the travel community. Nominate someone today.

Alessandra Alonso with her JourneyWoman Award

Alessandra Alonso, 2023 JourneyWoman Award  Winner

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