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About IST4P 2017

We welcome you to join us in Nagasaki, Japan for the International Symposium on Tourism for Peace (IST4P 2017), which will be held during with the 72nd Nagasaki Peace Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony. Registered participants will be invited to a special free tour of Glover Garden.

With the theme  Travel Technology: Passport to Peace, the aim of IST4P 2017  is to draw attention to the intersections and interconnectedness between tourism and technology for a more peaceful and sustainable world. The unprecedented boom in tourism these days is well documented,  accounting for over 9.8% of the world GDP in 2016 and according to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index, which ranks tourism traffic for 132 cities around the world, 5 of the Top 10 are in Asia: #1 Bangkok, #4 Singapore, #9 Hong Kong and #10 Kuala Lumpur.

Although not included in the Mastercard list, Nagasaki is the ideal venue for this event which will focus on the importance of peace to tourism. Long before Nagasaki City became known for the atomic bombing on August 9, 1945, the city and surrounding areas played an integral role as the 16th century gateway for the introduction of European culture and influence, as well as the introduction to Christianity.

Nagasaki prefecture has many scenic spots, such as the Kujuku-shima Islands, a part of Saikai National Park, and Fugen-dake, the principal peak of the volcano Unzen-dake, which is situated right in the center of the Shimabara-hanto Peninsula. Huis Ten Bosch, a residential-style resort modeled after a mediaeval 17th century Dutch town, is also known as a popular tourist spot.

Nagasaki City, which is the heart of the Nagasaki-hanto Peninsula, is a port city that developed all the way up along the steep slope of a mountain, while it also stretched out horizontally, hugging Nagasaki Bay. The line of visitors attracted to its many tourist spots never ends. Such spots include Peace Park which tells of the facts and memories of the horrible damage that was inflicted by the atomic bomb and continues to appeal to the world with its wish for peace, and the nation’s oldest wooden Christian church, O-ura Tenshu-do, which even today exudes an exotic atmosphere.

Thus we invite participants to join us in Nagasaki for this very special event! Symposium participants will also have an opportunity to visit Nagasaki Peace Park and Glover House & Garden – both have been nominated to become UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Submissions is now CLOSED.

Topic Streams

  • Cultural, Heritage, Indigenous and Dark Tourism
  • Destination Branding and Promotion
  • e-Tourism, ICT and Travel Technology
  • Eco-Friendly Destinations, Hotels and Attractions
  • Eco-Tourism, Geo-Tourism and Sustainable Tourism
  • Food Safety, Food Service, Catering and Wine Tourism
  • Medical, Health and Wellness Tourism
  • Hotel and Hospitality Management
  • Tourism Policy, Planning, Development & Management
  • Urban and Rural Tourism
  • Other Areas (please specify)

Who Should Attend

We welcome travel industry professionals, managers, planners, travel technology specialists and travel publishers.

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Program Committee

Alan-BradyIST4P 2017 Chair and Editor
Alan Brady, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Dr. Alan Brady is a retired professor from the Faculty of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University  — one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Japan. Professor Brady has lived and worked in Japan for over 40 years and he has taught at KGU since 1991.

His primary research interests are the sociology of education and integrated social-natural worlds sustainability, language education policy, planning, and practices at universities in Japan, and the development of a civic responsibility and global and glocal citizenship through integrated language and content higher learning. His most recent publications have centered on that development.

Takayuki YamadaIST4P 2017  Organizing Committee Chair
Takayuki Yamada,
Chairperson, INTESDA,

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordIST4P 2017 Program Director
Michael Sasaoka-Alvord,
INTESDA Program Director,

Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights. He is passionately concerned about the impact of pollution and over-fishing on the global health of oceans and reefs.


  • Alan Brady, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
  • Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
  • Munehiko Asamizu, Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Yamaguchi University, Japan
  • Kanato Kawashima, Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Zulfiya Imyarova, Ph.D., International Educational Program, Narxoz University, Kazakhstan
  • Beverly A. Sarza, Ph.D., De La Salle University Manila, Manila, Philippines
  • Jin Su Jeong, Ph.D. School of Engineering and Industrial Design, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
  • Ana Salomé García Muñiz, Department of Applied Economics, University of Oviedo, Spain