They’re here! Our first-annual Bessie Awards honor women of impact in the travel space, particularly influencers, creative entrepreneurs, marketers, and industry members who have added a compelling voice to the travel industry.
We named them after the great Bessie Coleman, the first woman of African-American descent to hold a pilot’s license, and the winners will be announced live on stage at the Women in Travel Summit North America 2019 in Portland, Maine.
If you’ve attended WITS before, you’re officially a voting member. If you haven’t, come join us this year and you’ll be able to vote for our 2020 Bessies.
Here’s who’s nominated:
Collaboration of the Year
Curvy Kili Crew (WHOA Travel (Allison Fleece & Danielle Thornton) & Christa Singleton)
Fat Camp (Annette Richmond)
The First All Black Female Travel Influencer Experience in Barbados (Danny Rivers-Mitchell)
Most Impactful Piece of Writing
1 Woman, 12 Months, 52 Places (Jada Yuan)
The color of adventure: When will travel show more diversity? (Lola Akinmade Åkerström)
The worst day of my life: finding 145 stranded whales in New Zealand (Liz Carlson)
Outstanding Work of 2018
(presented by Québec City Tourism)
Keeping It Local–Appreciating The Food Scene in Quebec (Empty Nesters Hit the Road)
Plan Your Own Quebec City Food Tour By Hitting These 13 Spots (For Two, Please)
The Ultimate Weekend Guide to Québec City (Wanderluluu)
We can’t wait to see you all at this year’s Women in Travel Summit where we can get glammed up, celebrate our successes, and honor the work of these amazing people.
Read next: Learn more about the Bessie Awards and find out who won!