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Published: 01 February 2018

Surrey academic becomes first female president of international eTourism foundation

A renowned international travel foundation has named a University of Surrey academic as its first female president. 

A close up picture of Doctor Tussyadia

The International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism (IFITT) elected Dr Iis Tussyadiah as its president at its annual general meeting during the ENTER2018 Conference in Jönköping, Sweden on 24 January 2018.

IFITT is the leading independent global community for the discussion, exchange and development of knowledge about the use and impact of new information and communication technologies in the travel and tourism industry. IFITT provides an eTourism knowledge hub for tourism and technology experts, both in industry and academia. It is one of the world’s oldest tourism and technology non-profit organisation.

Dr Tussyadiah, who is Reader in Hospitality and Digital Experience at the University of Surrey, said: “The founders and previous presidents have built IFITT into the strong community that it is today. My vision as president is to take that legacy further as we face new challenges in the future. We will do that by forming strong relationships between academia, industry and government, which will encourage research and development in ICT and tourism that address society’s challenges.” 

Professor Caroline Scarles, Head of School of Hospitality and Management at the University of Surrey, said: “This is an outstanding achievement and reflects the leadership and voice that Dr Tussiyadiah realises as one of the world’s leading researchers in eTourism. Through her appointment, I have no doubt that she will excel in this role as she leads the Foundation in realising its strategy and ambition.”


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