Dr Irhanida

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Dr Irhanida is a Senior Lecturer in UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts since 2009. She has a background in Town and Country Planning and earned her undergraduate degree in this field.

Throughout her career, Dr. Irhanida has made contributions to the field of sustainable tourism through her scholarly publications, which encompass a wide array of topics ranging from ecotourism best practices to community-based tourism models. Her research outputs are marked by their interdisciplinary nature, drawing insights from environmental, social, economics, and policy studies to offer holistic perspectives on sustainable tourism development.

One of the hallmark achievements of Dr. Irhanida’s work is her instrumental role in advocating for the integration of sustainable tourism principles into the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recognizing the pivotal role of tourism in fostering inclusive growth, promoting cultural exchange, and conserving natural resources, Dr. Irhanida has actively championed the alignment of tourism strategies with the SDGs, particularly focusing on goals related to poverty alleviation, environmental conservation, and community empowerment at Bukit Tengah and worked together with YB Gooi Hsiao Leung.

PhD Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 2010-2014
Research Title: Event’s Qualities, Satisfaction and Re-Visit Intention

Master of Science (Tourism Planning) Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), 2006-2008
Research Title: Topology optimization of spinal interbody cage or reducing stress shielding effect

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Hons) Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA), 1998-2004

Year Title
2024 Ajala, I., Rodrigo, M., Irhanida, A.K. (2024). Strategies of Differentiation and Sustainable Tourism: The Case of the Gulf Countries. In: Gartner, W.C. (eds) New Perspectives and Paradigms in Applied Economics and Business. ICAEB 2023. Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-49951-7_12

Kadir, I. A., & Chew, L. N. (2024). Assessing tourism potential for rural tourism development: Promoting SDGs and economic opportunities to the B40 community—a mixed method approach. Smart Tourism, 5(1), 2477. https://doi.org/10.54517/st.v5i1.2477

2022 M Rodrigo, I Ajala and IA Kadir (2022) Qualitative Analysis of a Tourism Area Life Cycle Model for Interacting Tourist Destinations, Annals of Tourism Research Empirical Insights

Irhanida A.K, Nicholas H.M. (2022), The Mediating Roles of Experience and Education in between the Relationship of Environment and Revisit Intention to ‘Kongsi’ in George Town, Penang in International Conference on Responsible Tourism and Hospitality 2022, 1-3 September 2022, Kuching, Sarawak.

Yue F.H, Abdullah A.R., Irhanida A.K. Perceive Benefits and Support for Coastal Ecotourism within Fishing Communities: The Mediating Role of Environmental Awareness in Proceeding of Postgraduate Research Colloquium 2022, 5-6 November 2022, Taylor’s University Malaysia.

2016 Azizan Marzuki, Irhanida Abdul Kadir (2016) “Linking Nature-Based Tourism attributes to tourists’ satisfaction” Anatolia. (ISSN: 1303-2917 (Print) 2156-6909 (Online) Journal homepage: http://www.tandfonline.com)

A.K. Irhanida (2016) “Motivation of Tourists towards Leisure Cycling Activities in George Town Heritage Sites”, paper presented in the 7th International Borneo Business Conference (IBBC) 2016, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, August 2016.

2013 Irhanida A.K, Azizan M. (2013), Examining Event Performance that Impact Visitor Experience, Satisfaction and Re-Visit Intention: The Case of Terengganu Monsoon Cup 2011 in 3rd Regional Conference on Tourism Research,29-31 October 2013, Langkawi.

Malaysia: 3rd Regional Conference on Tourism Research.

2009 Irhanida A.K, Rosilah M., Haslina A.M. (2009), Potensi Pasir Gudang sebagai TarikanPelancongan Industri in Tourism Education Seminar 2009, Politeknik Pasir Gudang Johor. Malaysia: Journal of Tourism Education Seminar.
2008 Hamzah, Amran and Abd. Kadir, Irhanida (2008) Cultural & Nature-Based Tourism Corridors: Pilot Project At Terengganu Darul Iman / Amran Hamzah and Irhanida Abd. Kadir, (2008) Cultural & Nature-Based Tourism Corridors: Pilot Project At Terengganu Darul Iman. Project Report. UTM, Skudai, Johor. (Unpublished)
  • UOW Advancement and Equity Grant Scheme for Research 2023 (AeGIS) from University of Wollongong Australia
  • UOW Internal Research Grant 2023 From UOW Malaysia
  • UOW Global Research Small Grants Scheme (2022) From University of Wollongong Australia
  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme 2022 (FRGS1/2022/SS10/KDUPG/022) From Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE)


Consultancy Project

September 2018 – November 2018
ADUN Bukit Tengah office- YB Gooi Hsiao Leung
Kajian Interim Bukit Juru sebagai destinasi eko-pelancongan

April 2014 – October 2014
Ministry of Tourism and Culture Penang under KDU College Penang
Kajian Motivasi Pelancong di Taman Negara Pulau Pinang

May 2006 – June 2008
Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism Malaysia (MOCAT) under Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Project: Audit of Tourist Attraction in Johor, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Perak, Melaka, Terengganu state (Johor Division)

May 2006 – May 2007
Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism Malaysia (MOCAT) under Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
Project: The study of tourist flows and travel movement in Gua Musang

Supervising Final Year Project/Dissertation for UHTM undergraduate students.
Supervising Master/Phd students for Postgraduate studies in Tourism and Hospitality Management (UOW Malaysia – Penang Campus)

List of students:

  • Alice Dinh Thu Ha- Master of Science Hospitality and Tourism Management (UOW)
  • Chew Leon Ni – Master of Science Hospitality and Tourism Management (UOW)
  • Hoe Yue Fen – Master of Science Hospitality and Tourism Management (UOW)
  • Loh Wei Ching – Ph.d in Hospitality and Tourism Management (UOW)
  • Ala Adel Ahmad Alrefai – Ph. d in Tourism Management (USM)
  • Research Excellent Award for UOW 2023 Staff Awards
  • Collaboration Excellent Award for UOW 2023 Staff Awards
  • Teaching Excellent Award for UOW 2022 Staff Awards
  • Passion Award for UOW 2021 Staff Awards