The Association of Women Travel Executives (AWTE) hosted its Christmas Lunch last week, bringing together executives from the UK travel and tourism industry and raising more than £20,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

This year’s headline sponsor was Attraction World, with Seabourn sponsoring welcome drinks and Feefo sponsoring the musical entertainment.

The lunch took place at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London and exiting AWTE Chair Debbee Dale exclusively announced that AWTE Ireland will launch in early 2017 and the recent AWTE International membership launch will hopefully lead to Global chapters of the Association. She said: "This year has been a landmark year for the AWTE – taking the association global is a fantastic step to achieve and it’s exciting to have our first few members around the globe sign up to be part of our dynamic community of female travel professionals. The start of a new beginning in Ireland – with our Irish chapter launching early next year - is also fantastic to see come to life. The AWTE Christmas lunch, as well as just being enormous fun, is a great opportunity for the AWTE and its members to join together and celebrate these achievements and support female progression and development in the travel and tourism industry.”

Guest speaker Sally Lindsay spoke movingly about the AWTE Christmas Lunch charity - the Alzheimer’s Society and her own personal experience and Classic FM’s Aled Jones performed a song from his new album One Voice at Christmas.

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