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witti (Women in Travel & Tourism International)

 

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Women in Travel & Tourism and The Court of Two Sisters Invites you to a special Reception and Dinner in New Orleans, in conjunction with the DMAI Annual Convention. Women in Travel & Tourism International (witti) is an exciting new organization whose mission is to enhance the success of women in the travel and tourism industry through peer-to-peer networking, mentoring, lead sharing, and giving back to the global travel community in meaningful ways. Help us launch this new organization committed to promoting, connecting, and celebrating women in travel and tourism. Click here to register for the upcoming witti launch event at one of New Orleans' premier restaurants: The Court of Two Sisters in the heart of the historic French Quarter. The Organization Women in Travel & Tourism International (witti) is an exciting new organization whose mission is to enhance the success of women in the travel and tourism industry through peer-to-peer networking, mentoring, lead sharing, and giving back to the global travel community in meaningful ways. The first steps to organize this dynamic group have been taken, and we are now establishing our Founder’s Circle, The women and partner organizations who will help determine the directions of the organization’s key tenet: Connecting, Supporting, and Promoting Women’s Contributions in Travel and Tourism. The specific benefits witti will offer include: 1) Networking, through conferences, a listserve, and gatherings at major tourism conferences; 2) Lead sharing; 3) Education; and 4) Community service, to entail the funding of projects that help women in developing nations develop the skills and acquire tools to establish tourism-related businesses. Women and Partner organizations in the Founder’s Circle will help shape witti’s mission and global programming as we seek to serve women in our industry.  You also will be invited as special guests to speak at the inaugural meeting of witti in Orlando, 2012, as well as benefit from listings on our website and in promotional materials. witti plans to hold two meetings annually -- at Pow Wow (incorporating former FIT Brunch founded by Sharon Gaiptman of Alaska) and annually in partnership with the ONE Travel Conference each January. Our first meeting will follow the ONE Travel Conference January 15-17 in Orlando, FL. At the Hilton Orlando, Bonnet Creek. witti will also hold special events in conjunction with other conferences held by National Tour Association, and is approaching other Associations to co-host events at their annual conferences.  And, of course, we’ll create a vibrant online community through a web site and social media where we can all click, connect, and confer. Let Them Know Get involved now by e-mailing your response and areas of service interest (i.e. membership, bylaws, communications, etc.) to Laura Mandala at Laura@MandalaResearch.com. We hope you’ll say “YES!” to becoming a part of this extraordinary group, together we will plan, strategize, and connect to help women in travel and tourism everywhere. Witti Statement witti’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the travel and tourism industry through peer-to-peer networking, mentoring, lead sharing, and giving back to the global travel community in meaningful ways to serve women in the travel. witti is founded and led by Laura Mandala, managing director of Mandala Research & Consulting and former VP/Research with U.S. Travel.  witti is supported by the Collie Gorg Group (CGG), a management firm based near Washington DC specializing in growing organizations and associations.  CGG has experience with managing groups within travel and tourism and involvement with many travel, convention, and destination marketing organizations.