Caroline Tapken

United Kingdom

About Caroline Tapken

Interviewer for TDs Inspiring Women in Travel Asia


IWTA speak with Shoba Mohan – Rare India

Shoba fell into the world of tourism almost by accident. She was a science major, who didn’t want to be a doctor or a teacher, and who then studied journalism as a post-graduate. Uninspired by the work she was able to find, Shoba was invited by a travel company to write itineraries for them, and so her travel career began!

IWTA speaks with Caroline Shen – Director of Sales & Marketing Renaissance Pattaya

Meet Caroline Shen – Director of Sales & Marketing Renaissance Pattaya, Caroline began her hospitality career in London and the USA, having graduated from hotel school in Switzerland. Focused on learning everything she could, and taking every opportunity to progress, she was blessed with some amazing mentors and managers, helping her to build her confidence alongside her career.

IWTA speaks Monika Anggreni – Captain for AirAsia Indonesia

Monika Anggreni is a Captain with AirAsia Indonesia, with 13,000 flying hours under her belt since 2005. She joined AirAsia Indonesia in 2005 as a pilot after several false starts, and is now one of only 30 female pilots in the company. She is also a published author, Ironbird Monika – the story of how she became an airline pilot.

IWTA speaks with Minu Chawla – Founder of RoadsWellTravelled, a boutique tourism development consultancy

Minu has only been in the tourism industry since 2016, entering with a background as a business analyst and strategist, and a passion for travel. Her first role in tourism was with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, where her manager took a chance on her, with no background in tourism, but with enthusiasm and a strategic approach. She worked on several different projects for RAK Tourism, including as Project Manager for the World’s longest zipline.

IWTA speaks with Komal Darira – Courageous Change Maker, & Founder Women for World

In 2014, at the age of 19, Komal became the first female tour leader for Urban Adventures, Delhi, challenging stereotypes and expectations placed on young women in India, winning awards and changing lives. Now, in 2022, she is a successful virtual tour creator, an enthusiastic proponent of solo travel for women in India, promoter of travel as a career to young people in her native country, and running her own business.

IWTA speaks with Chitra Gurnani Daga – co-found Thrillophilia.com

Chitra started with a Bachelors in Information Technology, and turned her back on a steady well-paid career to follow her passion for travel, which she has since built into a thriving business. The travel start-up idea took hold in 2009 when Chitra and her partner, who both enjoyed travelling extensively throughout India, realised that so many amazing experiences were undiscovered as there was no way of finding out about them or making reservations.

IWTA speaks with Mari Tomoda – Captain, Moxy Osaka Shin Umeda

Mari is the first female Captain (hotel manager) for Marriott in Japan with aspirations to become general manager, Mari Tomoda moved from Japan to Thailand as a young adult with her parents, with the intention of improving her English, and embarked upon a journey that led to her becoming the first female Captain for Marriott in Japan.

IWTA speaks with Celia Lao, GM Greater China Air Asia Digital

Meet Celia Lao, GM Greater China Air Asia Digital, since graduating from the University of Macau with a BBA (Hons) in International Marketing, Celia has immersed herself in the aviation industry, beginning in 2003 when she took on the role as Head of Marketing for Macau International Airport. Today she is GM Greater China Air Asia Digital, and plays an integral part in the transformation of the company into a lifestyle brand.
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