International Women’s Day, women in hospitality

International Women’s Day, women in hospitality

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, here are some of the fantastic women we’ve spotlighted this year:


Women are making remarkable strides in the hospitality industry, breaking barriers and leaving their mark in various roles and sectors. From executive chefs and hotel managers to sommeliers and event planners, women are increasingly occupying leadership positions and shaping the industry’s landscape. Despite facing challenges such as gender bias and work-life balance issues, women in hospitality exhibit remarkable resilience, determination, and innovation. Additionally, their diverse perspectives and talents contribute to creating inclusive and vibrant hospitality environments that cater to a wide range of clientele. Moreover, as trailblazers and role models, these women inspire future generations to pursue careers in hospitality, fostering a more diverse and equitable workforce for the future. In every aspect of the industry, women are proving themselves to be indispensable contributors and leaders.

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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