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TV presenter and campaigner June Sarpong came to the WTM to host a panel on the issue of gender equality in travel called ‘100 Years of Suffragettes: International Perspectives for the Travel Industry’. At the start of this conference, she gave an inspirational speech about diversity including the research she unearthed for her best-selling book Diversify. We managed to catch up with June in the busy backstage area before her speech to ask her about her thoughts on diversity in the travel industry. On this episode, we then hear June’s speech in which she emphasises how, because travel is about bringing people together and about connecting people from different backgrounds and different ethnicities, the travel industry really needs to ask itself ‘is everyone in the room’?
What June Sarpong said is true, diversity is about people, their culture or the way of life. All the above can be learned or experienced via travel. WTM works like an umbrella.