Mary Ragui has over 24 years’ experience in the tourism and logistics industry. She is an expert in strategic tourism management and logistics management with high standards of productivity efficiently and effectively. As a game changer, robust strategy formulation and implementation enables her and her teams to get the most sought innovative results.
Mary serves as an elected Executive Board Member of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) and Chair of Strategy and Partnerships Subcommittee. This is the most respected association of Tour Operators, which is a driving force in the Kenyan tourism industry. She has used her position to assist Kenyan tour operators by coming up with strategic plans for KATO and several partnerships which have been of benefit to them. She is also the Ambassador of Maiden- Voyage International where she advises and offer services to business women who travel to Kenya.
She is also a woman entrepreneur and the Director of Favour Tours and Safaris Ltd. Her passion is to influence others and make a difference using tourism industry as a tool towards SDGs number 1, 2, 5 and 17 through social entrepreneurship (no poverty, no hunger, gender equality and partnerships and networking). With the soft-touch to women businesses, she assists rural women to innovatively benefit from the value chain through groups formation and use of existing materials to make attractive products for travellers. This has enabled distribution of the travellers’ dollars to the locals who are neglected in the value chain. Mary has benefited from ITC SheTrades programmes to take Favour Tours to the international markets, further breaking the ‘glass ceiling’ of women entrepreneurs growth.
Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO)
Palais am Funkturm, ITB Convention Awards