KZN chapter chairperson Makhosi Msimango said when she opened her business, Ndzenga Tours and Safaris in 2012, she was surprised to find that she was the first black women-owned tour operator business in the province.
She said women were also still lagging behind in terms of obtaining management job opportunities in the tourism sector.
“Women have not had the opportunity to play a big part in the industry like being board members or owning their own product or tourism businesses. The Women in Tourism chapter plans to address issues of women in business, and women with careers in the tourism industry,” she said.
According to the Global Report on Women in Tourism, published by the UN World Tourism Organisation in 2010, women make up a large proportion of the formal tourism workforce, but are poorly represented at professional levels, earning 10 to 15% less than their male counterparts.