Double Gender Gap in Tourism High-Technology Organisations: Results and Corporate Actions

  • Cristina Figueroa-DomecqEmail author
  • Jesus Palomo
  • Ma Dolores Flecha-Barrio
  • Mónica Segovia-Pérez
Conference paper


The actuality of the double gender gap, that confirms the under-representation in both decision-making and technological positions, has been hardly analysed in the tourism industry. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to identify women’s position in top management positions in some of the most important tourism-high technological organisations and to evaluate these organisations’ actions towards the improvement of women’s participation. The analysis combines NASDAQ corporation data with content analysis on annual reports and corporate websites. Results confirm a low participation of women in NASDAQ tourism-technology board of director’s corporations and companies increasing steps towards women incorporation in decision making positions. Results show that though there are important disparities among organisations, there is a direct relationship between the implementation of specific programs to increase women’s participation in the organisation’s decisions and the percentage of women on Board of Directors, the highest decision-making level.


Women Gender Technology Tourism Double gender gap discrimination Board of directors 



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No WomENT DLV-792738.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Figueroa-Domecq
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jesus Palomo
    • 2
  • Ma Dolores Flecha-Barrio
    • 2
  • Mónica Segovia-Pérez
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK
  2. 2.Business Dpt, Rey Juan Carlos UniversityMóstolesSpain

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