This award was established in honor of John and Joan Markham for the almost 30 years of dedicated service by John Markham as the stalwart financial planner and treasurer for the international Travel and Tourism Research Association. Both John and Joan, up until her recent passing, have been unfaltering in their support for ttra over the years and forever committed to its success.
Kari Roberg, Research Assistant,
Arizona State University’s Center for Sustainable Tourism
A second year master’s student in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University, Kari holds a bachelor of science degree in recreation, sport, and tourism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She has over ten years of experience in destination marketing, including managing visitor services, research, and social media. Her tourism industry experience also includes front desk management and tour services at a concessionaire of the National Park Service. Kari’s research interests currently include research methods, consumer behavior, and sustainable tourism. She is concerned with maintaining the integrity of the environment and cultures, while preserving quality travel experiences and the economic impact of tourism.
She is currently a research assistant at Arizona State University’s Center for Sustainable Tourism.