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Research Interests

My main research interests are in guest experience, authenticity and luxury in tourism and hospitality. I am highly fascinated by diversity; thus, my research explores the different perceptions of customers, managers and employees in non-traditional forms of accommodation, aiming to gain insights in the complex world of what constitutes authentic experiences.

Personal profile

Originally from Italy, Anita completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Tourism in 2012 at the university of Udine and her Master’s Degree in International Hotel Management at BMIHMS in 2015. Currently a full-time lecturer at BMIHMS at TUA, for over 11 years Anita has immersed herself in hospitality, holding various managerial roles in both independently-owned establishments and chain luxury hotels in Australia and overseas, including Four Seasons Hotels and Intercontinental Hotel Group.

Anita has started her PhD journey in February 2019, supervised by Assoc. Prof. Rajka Presbury (TUA) and Assoc. Prof. Scott Richardson (Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management), and with the support and expertise of Prof. Frans Melissen (Breda University of Applied Sciences) and Mr. Justin King (GM at Vomo Island, Fiji, and former BMIHMS alumni).

Education/Academic qualification

International Hotel Management (Hospitality) , Master, The Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School

Award Date: 1 Jan 2016

Cultural Tourism (Humanities) , Bachelor, University of Udine

Award Date: 8 Mar 2012

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Research Output

  • 1 Conference contribution

Perceptions of authenticity: Australian luxury specialist accommodation experiences

Manfreda, A., Presbury, R. & Richardson, S., 2019, CAUTHE 2019: Sustainability of Tourism, Hospitality & Events in a Disruptive Digital Age: Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference. Cairns, Australia: Central Queensland University

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  • Prizes

    2019 CAUTHE HDR mid-year conference bursary

    Manfreda, Anita (Recipient), Jun 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

  • 2019 Teaching Merit Award

    Manfreda, Anita (Recipient), 11 Oct 2019

    Prize: Honorary award