Travel Industry: Women in South Africa work more – WTTC
Higher percentage of women’s population in South Africa are said to be working in the travel and tourism industry, a report by The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has confirmed.
The report says, “Travel & Tourism is driving Women’s in Success 2019’ and increasing female employment plays a role in reducing poverty, sustaining economic growth, and supporting women’s empowerment and independence.”
“The female share in Travel & Tourism’s employment is greater than that of the overall economy in eleven G20 countries and across the G20, women account on average for 46.4% of Travel & Tourism employment compared with 43.3% employment in the economy as a whole. The difference between the female share of employment in Travel & Tourism and the overall economy is highest in Mexico (50.8% v. 36.4%), followed by South Korea (53.0% v. 42.0%) and South Africa (53.6% v. 43.7%). Meanwhile, women’s share in the sector’s employment is in line with the overall economy in two of the world’s largest Travel & Tourism powerhouses, the USA (46.4% v. 46.9%) and China (43.6% v. 43.9%).”
This contrasts with India, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, where the female share of employment in tourism significantly trails that of the total economy, by 12.1%, 8.5% and 7.9%, respectively.
“The rate of increase in women’s share of Travel & Tourism’s employment is more than double that of the overall economy in all six countries. In contrast, women’s share of employment in Travel & Tourism has fallen to be more in line with the economy average of female employment in some developed countries,” the report further revealed.
Few months ago, the key account manager of FCM Travel Solutions, Lynette Msomi, said that the travel and tourism sector in South Africa employs almost 9,000 individuals, 73% of this population are female.
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