WiHTL is a Collaboration Community devoted to increasing Diversity and Inclusion across Hospitality, Travel and Leisure

Our mission is to support companies across the Hospitality, Travel and Leisure industry to create diverse and inclusive environments and to positively impact 5 million employees globally by 2025

What We Do


We conduct research and provide diversity and inclusion content that is relevant and inspiring


We nurture collaboration and sharing across the industry, creating multiple opportunities to interact and identify best practices that work in the HTL sector


We support companies and executives in building a diverse talent pipeline through cross-industry leadership development programmes

WiHTL Brand Evolution

Whilst gender remains a core pillar of our work at WiHTL, in the last 2 years we have expanded our remit to not only also cover race and ethnicity but to also raise awareness of the challenges faced by other underrepresented groups and mobilise meaningful action when it comes to creating truly inclusive workplaces across the hospitality, travel and leisure industry.

We are incredibly proud to launch our newly refreshed WiHTL brand with an animation video that we have produced to show our journey and what we stand for.

Our Community now positively impacts over 3,500,000 employees across our industry worldwide. Our Community members helped shape our refreshed mission, scope of activities and what our brand stands for. While when we started the W in WiHTL stood for Women, it now stands for even more:

W for We are WiHTL

W for Working Together

W for World

W for Welcome to All in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure

And more!

We hope you like the new video and what we stand for. Don't forget to let us know your thoughts!

Welcome to WiHTL!

Our Collaboration Community has reached over 3.5 Million Employees

Be a part of our ever growing community of companies and individuals committing to creating more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

We believe that no single company can make progress with the inclusion agenda on its own. Through collaboration we are able to have a greater impact on progressing D, E&I in HTL and in society as a whole.

Get in touch with us to receive the WiHTL weekly round-up and find out more about WiHTL's initiatives. Fill out the brief form here.

What's Coming Up

Global Female Leader Programme

The WiHTL Global Female Leader Programme (GFLP) is a unique, comprehensive cross-industry programme designed to provide a series of experiences and learning opportunities to support career progression for high potential female leaders in the HTL industry. The programme will start in January 2022.

We'd like to thank AlixPartners for being a supporting partner of the 3rd GFLP cohort January - June 2022.

Ethnic Future Leaders Programme

The WiHTL 'Ethnic Future Leaders Programme' (EFL) is a ‘one of its kind’ programme that's uniquely placed to provide a series of experiences and learning opportunities to support the career progression of high potential ethnic minority leaders working in hospitality, travel and leisure.

The second cohort of the programme has now started. Visit our programme page for more information.

View our full list of upcoming leadership programmes.

Women to Watch & Role Models for Inclusion in HTL Index

Following the success of the Women to Watch in HTL Index in 2019 and 2020, in partnership with The MBS Group, we are delighted to launch the Women To Watch & Role Models for Inclusion in HTL Index 2021.

This year's Index has unearthed a wealth of experiences, personal and professional stories, successes, and lessons learnt. The women featured will no doubt inspire many others to progress within our industry.

The 2021 Index includes two categories:

- Women to Watch in HTL (for those who self-identify as a woman)

- Role Models for Inclusion in HTL (for all genders)

Download your copy of the Index

If you'd like to find out more email gina@wihtl.com or follow #womentowatchhtl or #rolemodelsforinclusionhtl

Our Recent Research

The 2021 WiHTL's Annual Report in partnership with The MBS Group tracks the progress being made on diversity and inclusion targets within HTL in the past twelve months.

The report is available to download here. The accompanying press release can be read here.

The Recruiting for Diversity Toolkit serves as a valuable resource for HR leaders in the sector by identifying best practices and highlighting strategies in recruiting processes that help organisations post-pandemic to attract, select and onboard a rainbow of talent within the hospitality, travel and leisure industry. The report is available to download here.

The Interim GPG in HTL Report in partnership with PwC reviews the data shared by those companies in our sector that have elected to publish their gender pay gap reports (by the end of May 2021). It also extrapolates some of the insights and best practices that they have put in place to tackle gender inequality in our sector. The report is available to all to download here.

Our Work

WiHTL 2020 - 21 - A Year in Numbers

In the last year, WiHTL has more than doubled the size of its collaboration community to 3.5 million employees being positively impacted; delivered cross-industry development programmes for female and ethnic minority leaders; engaged with government to provide guidance on the needs of the HTL sector and how to close the gap; and produced numerous research projects to help guide leaders.

Read more about WiHTL's work in our annual report 'Inclusion at the Core the of Recovery.'

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Race & Ethnicity Committee Meeting

For Committee Members Only

3rd February, 2.30 - 4pm GMT

If you are interested in joining one of the committees above, please email laura@wihtl.com (spaces are prioritised for WiHTL members)

The Festival of Inclusion in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure

The Festival of Inclusion saw over 1,200 attendees, 22 sessions, and 75 Speakers convene for 2 days of learning and sharing of best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion within the hospitality, travel and leisure sectors.

Among other well known names, WiHTL had great pleasure in welcoming June Sarpong, TV Presenter, Diversity Expert & Award-winning Author, to open the Festival alongside Paul Pomroy, CEO McDonald's (UK&I) and WiHTL Founder & Chair, Tea Colaianni.

A compelling presentation from world-renown keynote speaker, René Carayol MBE, defined the importance of racial equality and how to respect and value difference: “our strength is our difference, our difference is our strength”.

Read more about the event

CEOs and Advisory Board Members Stand Together in Support of Inclusion

Launched at the WiHTL Festival of Inclusion in HTL held in May 2021, CEOs and WiHTL Advisory Board members from across the sector shared how they stand together with their employees in support of inclusion.

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