New female-founded travel agency helps women build flexible careers after pandemic layoffs
NEW YORK, NY: Women in the tourism industry were disproportionately laid off during the
Covid-19 pandemic. Now, a new woman-led travel agency, Fora, is celebrating Women’s
Month with a campaign centered on helping women take control of their careers through
flexible, remote work.
While women make as much as 85 percent of the consumer decisions in travel and are the majority of hospitality workers, women were also the hardest-hit during the pandemic, where more than half of job losses in the industry were experienced by women, and majority women of color.
Now, in celebration of Women’s Month, Fora is highlighting a diverse array of women who have begun to design the future of travel on their own terms. These include sports broadcaster Tori Petry, fine artist and DJ Eunice Kindred and NYC-based entrepreneur Swaylah Faroqi. All of these women have built flexible careers as travel advisors.
“Everyone I talk to these days is craving more passion-aligned work, and becoming a travel
advisor is such a dynamic opportunity to build a fun new career or side hustle,” said Henley
Vazquez, a long-time travel advisor and mom of three who co-founded Fora after seeing a need to transform a dated industry into something that was more tech-enabled, modern, and inclusive to a variety of work styles and needs.
“Our campaign for Women’s Month celebrates core values that ring true to Fora year-round: community, inclusivity, economic independence and empowerment,” said Vazquez.
Since Fora’s launch in November of 2022, Fora’s 100+ travel advisors have earned meaningful income recommending and booking travel for friends, family, and their professional networks – carving careers in an industry that previously relied on dated processes and tools. The waitlist of interested advisors has topped 10,000 applicants to date.
Gaya Vinay, the company’s first advisor, has booked more than $400,000 in travel alone. “I love the feeling of collaborating with a family to book their dream trip,” she said from her home in Boulder, Colorado. “Knowing that I can do it in the comfort of my home while spending real time with my kids is icing on the cake.”
About Fora: Launched in 2022, Fora is a modern travel agency with a twist – one that is
thoughtfully designed, proactively inclusive and tech-driven. Connect with an advisor who
understands your travel style and plan your dream trip together – all while unlocking exclusive perks and upgrades. Or, become a travel advisor yourself and transform your passion for travel into meaningful revenue.