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Top Female Travel Execs Weigh in On Industry Trends

Studies show that 80 percent of all travel decisions are made by women, and they control $15 trillion in spending power, according to the Harvard Business Review. Today’s female traveler is not only impacting the industry, but reshaping it. Yet, when we look behind the curtain of luxury brands in the hospitality sector, we find that many C-Suites are still being occupied by men. CNN Money reports that “only 14.2 percent of the top five leadership positions at the companies in the S&P 500 are held by women.”

Specifically within travel, even though women are its leading consumers, there seems to be a lack of high level management positions filled by females. However this isn’t another article on why women business leaders are essential (that should already be a given), but rather a look at six females ranging from VPs to Presidents and CEOs who are at the helm of today’s top luxury brands. In honor of International Women’s Appreciation Day, we discussed upcoming trends, learned how their companies were shaping future generations of women leaders and what a female perspective has meant to them in the industry.

So why do their opinions matter? To start, all these women are experts in their fields. Most have spent over 20 years of their lives in the industry and more specifically in their niches. Edie Rodriguez, President and CEO of Crystal Cruises has been in the hospitality sector for over 35 years starting as a travel consultant and working her way up to management positions. 

Nicolle Monico

Nicolle is an award-winning writer and Travel Editor using her expertise in the industry to write about luxury travel around the world. You can find her daily searching the web for the latest trends, best new hotels and most beautiful destinations to visit and share with her readers. She's been featured on The Huffington Post, Hard Assets, AMD Entertainment and Remy Martin. In 2014, she was vo...(Read More)

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