The UNWTO first regional congress on Women Empowerment in the Tourism Sector took place in Accra, Ghana, last November, focusing on how the tourism industry can enable gender equality through government policies, and the opportunities that exist in entrepreneurship, financing instruments, education and technology.
IE Africa Center Director Begoña Gomez, spoke in panel discussions on the role of education and technology as a tool for women’s socio-economic advancement in Tourism, exploring the importance of equal access to education for women and how technology can help create better economic opportunities for women.
As part of this commitment to education and technology, IE and UNWTO announced the launch of the UNWTO online academy to provide specialized training programs for managers and professionals in the areas of travel & tourism. Zurab Pololikashvili UNWTO Secretary General said: “Education is one of my main priorities. Thanks to the Tourism Online Academy, a joint initiative between UNWTO and IE University, we would have the opportunity to train, democratize and scale the way people are educated regarding the tourism sector. Our vision is to give global opportunities to people that are interested on the tourism sector and mind the gap between jobs, skills and education”.