Author Bios (50 Words)

Sonia Abassah-Oppong is one of the founders of Convive Hospitality Group Ltd. She holds an MBA in Hospitality Management from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. She has 14 years experience in the hospitality industry with vast majority of it being in managerial capacities.

Mark Robert Holmes is an assistant professor in the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management, in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. Holmes conducts research in the areas of sustainable tourism, workplaces and foodservice. Linked in Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmarkrholmes

Abstract (150 Words)

All over the world, women constitute over half of middle management and front-line positions in hotel businesses, yet they are marginalized at top management positions. To examine possible factors that drive this gender imbalance at the top-most administrative structure of hotels in Canada, surveys were administered to management teams of nine hotels in Calgary, Canada. The surveys asked questions pertaining to gender gaps in career advancement in the Canadian hospitality field as well as insights as to what could be done to reduce gender discrimination in the Canadian hotel field. Results show that organizational barriers are the most frequently indicated element restricting job promotion of all hotel workers, regardless of gender.

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The Persistent Gender Gap in Canadian Hotel Operations

All over the world, women constitute over half of middle management and front-line positions in hotel businesses, yet they are marginalized at top management positions. To examine possible factors that drive this gender imbalance at the top-most administrative structure of hotels in Canada, surveys were administered to management teams of nine hotels in Calgary, Canada. The surveys asked questions pertaining to gender gaps in career advancement in the Canadian hospitality field as well as insights as to what could be done to reduce gender discrimination in the Canadian hotel field. Results show that organizational barriers are the most frequently indicated element restricting job promotion of all hotel workers, regardless of gender.