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The Developing tourism skills and employment opportunities in travel & tourism2

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Samir Arora, General Manager, The Retreat Palm Dubai, Gallery by Sofitel

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The Developing tourism skills and employment opportunities in travel & tourism2

  1. 1. 04/05/2018 2 The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel • The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, the newest addition to AccorHotels’ distinctive MGallery collection of contemporary boutique hotels worldwide, is the region’s first 360- degree holistic wellbeing resort, located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. • The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel was launched by a predominantly female team, and we continue to be inspired by them every day and empower them. • Women are inspiring: they’re discerning, dedicated, and determined. This is why the MGallery by Sofitel launched its bespoke “Inspired By Her” initiative - a concept that includes special offerings tailor made for female guests by female team members - to pay homage to the strong, intelligent and independent women who make up the team and the community. Showcase Theatre
  2. 2. 04/05/2018 3 The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel • Women make up the majority of the global travel and tourism workforce (70%):  Less than 40% hold managerial and supervisory positions;  Less than 20% hold general management roles; and  Only 5-8% hold corporate board roles • The Retreat Palm Dubai has 53 female colleagues, including 5 Senior roles, 11 – Midscale, 16 supervisors. The strategy is increase those numbers and we have a clear strategy of not less than 30% of female in the team and where female chooses to leave is replace by another female candidate. • We established a coaching, mentoring and internship program called ‘in your shoes’ which is designed to support women empowerment in the hotel. Showcase Theatre
  3. 3. 04/05/2018 4 Evolvin’ Women • The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel is the first hotel in the UAE to receive the endorsement from Evolvin’ Women. • In November 2017, we received the Evolvin’ Women Endorsement and went through an assessment of our policies that helped us measure our diversity and inclusion efforts. • Evolvin’ Women is a social enterprise that increases the employability of women from developing countries through the provision of necessary resources, networks, education and employment opportunities that would not be otherwise available to them.  They work closely with UN women in markets like Africa, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt.  They actually help and provide employment for the under privileged women.  They groom and equip them with necessary skills before they arrive at the hotel Showcase Theatre
  4. 4. 04/05/2018 5 Evolvin’ Women • Multi-nationals like Accenture provide necessary hospitality soft skills prior to Evolvin’ Women’s comprehensive induction plan. • They are in talks with Global Technological partners to come on board and impart necessary technological skills. • The hotel provides training and employment opportunities for women in Ghana who is supported by Evolvin’ Women and looks into continuing the initiative. • We are in the process of onboarding many more under privileged women from these markets. • We are privileged to be partners with Evolvin’ Women and help support this noble cause. Showcase Theatre

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