Volume 29:


18 September 2021 @ 15:00 Philippine Time (PHT)

Women contribute  54% of the tourism workforce internationally. Despite this, however, they still face challenges in terms of bridging gender-based wage gaps, breaking gender stereotypes, and increasing their role in management in their communities. Given this backdrop, this panel discussion aims to answer questions such as “What is the role of women in promoting sustainable tourism in small communities? What are the challenges they face? What are the opportunities for them to be empowered through tourism?” In further exploring the role of women in pursuing the sustainability of tourism, this webinar aims to explore the issues, challenges, and opportunities faced by them in the industry. The sustainability of tourism in fact depends on boosting the social status of women and the role that they play in decision-making and livelihood planning in their communities and this industry.

Eylla Gutierrez
Eylla Gutierrez -  Moderator

Eylla Gutierrez

Ms. Eylla Gutierrez, Adjunct Faculty and Research Manager, Asian Institute of Management – Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism

Ms. Eylla Gutierrez is an Adjunct Faculty and Research Manager at the Asian Institute of Management's Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism. She is also a Senior Consultant at Warwick & Rogers. Prior to this, she served as an intern at the National Green Growth Policy and Green Local and Regional Economic Development under the Green Economic Development at the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); at the Fleishman-Hillard (FH) Manila, and at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Philippines. She has completed her MA Development Policy (under KAS scholarship) and BA International Studies major in European Studies (Magna Cum Laude) in De La Salle University, Philippines.

Stroma Cole
Stroma Cole - Panlist

Stroma Cole

Dr. Stroma Cole, Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England – Bristol (United Kingdom)

Dr. Stroma Cole is a senior lecturer in tourism geography at the University of the West of England. Stroma combines her academic career with action research and consultancy, most recently looking at tourism and water inequality in Labuan Bajo Indonesia; Tamarindo, Costa Rica; Kerala, India; and Bali, Indonesia. She has undertaken gender and empowerment work for UNCTAD, a qualitative evaluation of post Tsunami work in Sumatra for the UNDP, and community-based tourism research and training for the FCO in Mexico and for the EU in Rwanda. She was the Chair of Tourism Concern (2007-2011), a charity promoting ethical tourism. She is now a director of Equality in Tourism.

Marco Valeri
Marco Valeri -  Panlist

Marco Valeri

Dr. Marco Valeri, Senior Lecturer, Niccolò Cusano University (Italy)

Dr. Marco Valeri is a professor of Tourism and head of Tourism Institute at the Faculty of Economics, Niccolo' Cusano University in Rome. He is also member of AIEST (Association Internationale d'Experts Scientifiques du Tourisme) and member of supervisory board of Italian Association Tour Operators and Travel Agents. Dr. Valeri is also a Visiting Professor at Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events, Taylor’s University, Malaysia. He has been involved in many research projects and has published many papers, books and book chapters on tourism economics, development, competitiveness and policy and environmental management. His primary research interests include topics on Entrepreneurship, Knowledge management and business innovation, Creating conditions and development of SMEs, and Governance and management of tourism enterprises.

Randi Alampay
Randi Alampay -  Panlist

Randi Alampay

Dr. Randi Alampay, Associate Professor, University of the Philippines – Asian Institute of Tourism (the Philippines)

Dr. Randi Alampay is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Gender and Development Committee at the University of the Philippines-Asian Institute of Tourism. He previously served as the director and senior consultant at Asia Pacific Projects, Inc., an international firm that specializes in management consulting on tourism-related projects including tourism policy, planning and development. His specialization includes local and regional economic development; competitiveness for local government units; sustainable tourism development; tourism research and statistics; tourism market research and analysis; tourism HRD and Institutional capacity building.

Ann Dumaliang
Ann Dumaliang -Panelist

Ann Dumaliang

Ms. Ann Dumaliang, Co-Founder and Project Officer, Masungi Georeserve (the Philippines)

Ms. Ann Dumaliang is the Co-Founder and Project Officer at Masungi Georeserve, an award-winning conservation area led and funded by Blue Star Construction and Development Corporation. As a geotourism and sustainable conservation expert, Ms. Dumaliang has been active in ensuring that local communities are integrated in the development of the eco-tourism site in Rizal province.  Through her work, she has earned the titles of National Geographic Young Explorer and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.


  • Opening Remarks

  • Acknowledgment of Guests

    Introduction of Speakers and Panelists

  • Panel Discussion

    Stroma Cole, Gender, Empowerment, and Water

  • Marco Valeri, Gender and Entrepreneurship

  • Ann Dumaliang, Gender and Communities

  • Randi Alampay, Gender and Tourism in the Field

  • Cultural break

  • Q&A



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