The award ceremony was held at The House of Commons and was sponsored by Dubai Tourism. Guests were treated to a drinks reception and canapés before Dame Tessa Jowell MP presented the awards.
Barbara commented “I feel truly proud and honoured to receive this prestigious award by the Institute of Travel & Tourism. It is a great recognition for my PhD research and I am extremely grateful to Bournemouth University and to all the people who have supported me in my studies, in particular to my supervisor Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis. It was a privilege to celebrate this achievement in such a fantastic location, the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. It was a truly memorable evening for all of us.”
Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, Barbara’s supervisor, commented “This is a great recognition of the great progress that Barbara is doing in her PhD and the contribution to knowledge she is producing as evidenced in her publications and her community service through IFITT and other communities. I am particularly happy that this is the second student after Dr Andrew Spencer who won the ITT award last year and this is a testament to the cutting edge research we do at the eTourism Lab at Bournemouth University.”
Congratulations to Barbara on this incredible achievement!