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Advantage Travel Partnership and the AWTE launch mental health support programme

Advantage Travel Partnership and The Association of Women Travel Executives (AWTE) have collaborated to create a Travel Support Bubble, which will offer emotional support to travel industry professionals during these tumultuous times.

Launched on Mental Health Day, the initiative consists of a Weekly Open Forum, starting October 16 at 1pm. Here, participants will be able to share their issues in an open supportive forum, which will be hosted by Claire Osborne, chair of AWRE, and Julia Lo Bue Said, CEO of Advantage. The leaders have also urged travel professionals to offer their services to women in need, and get in touch if they feel they would benefit from a friendly ear from the industry peers.

To become a volunteer supporter or to ask for help from the bubble email admin@awte.com

Julie Lo Bue Said, CEO of Advantage Travel Partnership said, “My team are speaking to desperate agents everyday who are literally losing the will to continue the battle to save their businesses.  Six months is a long time to be at the coal face of a crisis with zero support from the government, and for many of our members there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.  Whilst Boris, Rishi and Grant continue to ignore us, we want to show our agents – many of whom are women – they are not ignored by the industry.  We hope the Travel Support Bubble will help bridge the gap for those of our colleagues at the end of their tether and provide like minded souls to offer support and empathy when they need it most.”

Claire Osborne, Chair of AWTE added, “AWTE has been supporting women in business in the travel industry for over 60 years and never has the need been greater to show solidarity than now.  This is more than tears of frustration from our members and network, this is actual despair.  Things are looking very grave for many working in the travel industry and we have seen this have a huge effect on the levels of anxiety and depression across the board.  Anything we can do to support our fellow professionals is a step in the right direction, as we have people on the edge of a precipice and we want to help in whatever way we can.”


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