Women vs. Men in Hospitality

April 17, 2007 at 9:01 am | Posted in employees, hotels, Latvia, management, trend | Leave a comment

Bert van Waldbeek has wrote interesting article for eHotelier.com about female general managers. He argues that there are less women than men GMs in hospitality, but glass ceiling is breaking slowly. Main reasons for that: there are more women bachelors in hospitality and there is increasing importance on empathy in Human Resources and luxury (that asks more attention to details) in hotel industry.

There is also interesting thought by one female GM:

” But the primary barrier to women’s success,” a female General Manager once said, ” is our own belief “. 

She then added : ” We’re often the ones responsible for holding ourselves back. I think it’s more convenient to blame men generally or a system or a structure than it is to take personal responsibility.” 

Mr. Waldbeek says that it`s going to change, future females will have less fear, as well as there will be change in owners` attitude towards main positions: gender won`t matter if person will be willing to make effort.

If there is almost zero female GM in Asia, then in Latvia I have got the feeling, that almost all hotel GMs and other top positions are held by women. Exceptions are Radisson SAS, Reval Hotels and maybe few other big hotels. In my opinion, reason for women dominance in Latvia`s hotel industry is myth that tourism isn`t masculine, it`s not a serious business. If we count that there were and are more female students in universities, then it`s even more obvious.

I`m interested to get your opinion about this subject and situation in other countries so, please, have your say and leave a comment.

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