Women of the World
Photos: (left to right) Condé Nast Traveler, worldhum.com, and AP
The first of these influential women just took the stage, calling upon the travel industry to harness its formidable power (to the tune of $8 trillion in 2008) and help those communities where it often makes its profits. She cited Marriott Hotels, a previous World Savers winner, which has just made a $2 million investment to save thousands of acres of Brazilian rain forest.
"Nothing opens people's eyes like travel--it breeds empathy," said Glowczewska. "With dialogue and cooperation, we can overcome cultural differences...and take things to another level."
To that end, she announced that the magazine's Five & Alive Fund has raised nearly $1 million within its first year. In a partnership with Population Services International (PSI) the fund supports the needs of children under five years old. It supplies medicines, anti-malaria mosquito nets, water purification systems, and nutritional supplements to young children in 36 countries.