Visit Isle of Man to host Equality Act information session

24 January 2019

Visit Isle of Man is hosting an Equality Act Information Session for local tourism businesses at the iMuseum, Kingswood Grove on Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 6.00pm.

The first phase of the Equality Act 2017 came into force on 1st January 2019 and supports the Government’s commitment to tackling the inequalities in our Island society.  The Act aims to protect individuals from discrimination, harassment and victimisation in both the workplace and the provision of goods and services. For tourism business operators, this means that you will need to consider how the Equality Act affects you when delivering your services and /or if you employ people. 

Rob Callister MHK, Member of the Department for Enterprise with responsibility for Visit Isle of Man commented:

‘It is important for businesses to understand their legal obligations under the Equality Act and any process or operational changes that may need to be considered.

‘This session is one of the many ways in which Visit Isle of Man supports the tourism industry and all businesses operating in the industry are encouraged to attend this session.’

Dawn Kinnish, Government Equality Adviser, will be delivering a presentation to tourism businesses on the Act and what it means for your businesses as well as giving practical information on how to ensure your business meets the legal requirements outlined.

Dawn, who is an owner of a tourism business herself, commented:

‘I understand first-hand the needs and demands of the industry as well as the importance of ensuring all visitors receive a first class experience.  As tourism businesses operating in the Isle of Man, it is important that we understand the diverse range of clients who access our services and that we recognise and respect those differences in order to maximise our customer base and offer a positive experience, right from the promotion to enquiry to booking and finally, the visit.’

The session will also be an opportunity for tourism providers to ask any questions in relation to accessibility and the Act.

To book your place please visit: or contact the Visit Isle of Man team on 01624 686870.