The Women in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure 2020 report has found that women currently make up just one in four senior management positions in the hospitality, travel and leisure sector, falling to only 20% when HR roles are excluded, and there is a limited focus on diversity, lack of flexible working and inadequate support for women returning from career breaks.

There is currently only one female chairperson and five female CEOs across the entire UK travel, hospitality and leisure industry.

The report, based on interviews with more than 100 hospitality, travel and leisure company chairs, chief executives, HR directors, recruiters and recent graduate recruits, says this is due in part to a “blokey” culture within the sector, a poor record in managing the talent pipeline and a lack of confidence amongst women to ask for promotion.

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