Nominations open today for the Women 1st Shine Awards designed to recognise outstanding female achievement in the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries.
Organising body Women 1st used today’s International Women’s Day today to launch the 2012 awards.
The awards also commend those businesses and individuals that are leading the way in supporting female development and retention.
They have been expanded this year to women and organisations in the passenger transport industry to recognise excellence across the UK’s visitor footprint.
The categories are: Woman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Entrepreneur, Mentor of the Year (male and female nominees accepted), Rising Star, Small Business and Large Business.
Winners will be announced at a dinner on the June 19 at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London following the inaugural Women 1st Conference. The evening will also see 25 females inducted into the Women 1st Top 100 Club.
Women 1st founder Sharon Glancy said: “The importance of recognising and celebrating female talent and influence is more important now than ever before. The Women 1st Shine Awards present a fantastic opportunity to highlight the vital role that women play in our sector, as well as the unique approach and skills that they bring to the table.
“Last year’s awards were an amazing success, and we are delighted to launch the 2012 entries to identify and recognise the unsung heroes in our vibrant industry.”
Women 1st is the thought leadership, training and mentoring programme, developed by sector skills council People 1st, to help women working in hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism achieve their career aspirations.
Awards nominations can be made at people1st.co.uk/shineawards and entries close on May 4.
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