The Top Women Mentors in Travel and Tourism Award from Women in Travel and Tourism International (Witti) recognizes executives who actively promote the advancement of women in the tourism industry.
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA —Brandy Evans, vice president of communications for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, has received a Witti Award for Top Women Mentors in Travel and Tourism from Women in Travel and Tourism International (Witti). She was honored during the Top Women in Travel Awards Dinner at Connect Travel Marketplace in Kissimmee, Fla. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers for the work that you do,” said Evans. “I do what I do because I love it, and it is extremely important to me to influence a new generation of young women and train them to be leaders in their respective fields.”
The Witti Awards are the first awards to honor women in the travel and tourism industry. The Top Women Mentors in Travel and Tourism Award recognizes executives who actively promote the advancement of women in the tourism industry.
Witti’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the travel and tourism industry through peer-to-peer networking, mentoring, lead sharing, and giving back to the global travel community in meaningful ways. Laura Mandala, CEO of Mandala Research and head of Witti said, “Most people who make their living in the travel industry are women, ranging from travel agents and advisors, managers of hotel food and beverage departments, to leaders of reservations at airlines and hotels. Yet disproportionately few are represented in the most senior ranks of travel and tourism organizations.”
Brandy Evans celebrated 19 years with the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau in January 2020. She started in 2001 as the public relations specialist and moved into management in 2004. She is passionate about growing tourism and raising visitors’ and the community’s pride in Shreveport-Bossier, Caddo Parish and Bossier Parish as a premier tourist destination.
Evans currently serves on the board of directors of the Louisiana Tourism Development Commission, Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, Shreveport-Bossier Attractions Association, and the Louisiana Travel Association. She previously served on the boards of the YWCA, Shreveport-Bossier Advertising Federation, and Downtown Shreveport Unlimited. Her other volunteer projects include Clubhouse Guatemala Mission Trip, HUB Ministry, Step Forward Literacy Project, Highland Friendship House Kid’s Club, and Junior Achievement Spark Workshop.
Over the years, Evans has mentored more than a dozen young professional women through a communications internship program that she established at the Tourist Bureau. Some of those young women have gone off to be executives at other destination marketing organizations, college professors, advertising account executives, and marketing firm owners. To further bridge the gap between academia and professional work environments, Evans is an adjunct professor at Centenary College of Louisiana, where she teaches Social Media Marketing and Principles of Marketing.
To learn more about tourism in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org or stop by the Downtown Shreveport Visitor Center at 629 Spring Street, Shreveport to request the Official Visitors’ Guide to Shreveport-Bossier.