The 6th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia – Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, 2020 in Osaka, Japan»

Welcome to COSTA 2020

We welcome you to join us in Osaka, Japan on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, 2020 for the 6th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA 2020), to be held at the Osaka Corona Hotel in Osaka City, Japan. This event is being organized alongside the 6th Conference on Human Development in Asia (COHDA 2020).

COSTA 2020 will coincide with the cherry blossom viewing period around Osaka. In Japanese culture and society, spring is restart of life, and the blooming cherry blossoms is its symbol. It is the perfect time for ‘hanami’ celebrations around the city where cherry blossoms can be viewed and admired. Hanami is an important ritual in Japanese culture dating back hundreds of years. It is customary for people to gather in parks and spread tarps beneath the cherry trees, admiring the splendor of the blossoms, while eating, drinking, singing and enjoying time with family and friends. The most popular spots for hanami get crowded with food and drink stalls, and sometimes there are festivals and events of all kinds. Plus, hanami in Osaka can be enjoyed not only during daytime, but also at night, when the cherry trees are lit up, which makes hanami even more beautiful.

Notice: COSTA 2020 will be held as scheduled. For questions or concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, please visit: https://www.japan.travel/en/news/coronavirus/

About COSTA 2020

Our theme for COSTA 2020 is Tourism for Peace & Sustainability and Osaka, with its close proximity to Kyoto, Kobe and Nara, serves as the ideal venue for this special event, which supports the notion that the travel industry, in general, exists for people from different beliefs, cultures, social and economic backgrounds to have opportunities to share in the awe and wonder of this amazing world, to explore new cultures and gain positive impressions, which they will take back to their country. Through COSTA 2020 we believe that by creating a platform for dialog of peaceful ideas for the tourism industry, we can work together to better promote and achieve peace through tourism.

While many academic institutions, government agencies and members of the travel industry focus on the economic or environmental aspects of tourism, few have recognized the growing importance of tourism in promoting, securing and preserving global peace. Conventional tourism, especially in developing countries, is more vulnerable to the industry’s adverse effects from environmental risks like compromised ecosystems to socio-cultural conflicts arising from failure to respect, communicate and include local communities in the planning and benefit sharing.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), both travel and the tourism industry have often been recognised for the ability to drive peace, security and understanding. In fact, research conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) illustrated that countries with a more open and sustainable tourism sector tend to be more peaceful. Moreover, a sustainable and open tourism sector brings about a higher level of positive peace: namely the attitudes, institutions, and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. Also, countries with a more sustainable and open tourism sector are more likely to enjoy higher levels of positive peace in the future. Finally, the more sustainable a country’s tourism sector, the lower the country’s level of violence and conflict is likely to be and in non-conflict-affected countries, tourism is resilient to deterioration in violence and conflict, even when terrorism is targeted at tourists. COSTA 2020 offers a platform for scholarly and applied conversations among a wide variety of stakeholders concerned with the continual challenge of advancing peace through tourism.

The Final Deadline for Proposals of 250 words in English is Friday, March 6, 2020. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

COSTA 2020 Submission Application

COSTA 2020 Streams

  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism
  • Dark Tourism
  • Destination Branding and Marketing
  • Eco-Tourism and Geo-Tourism
  • Halal Tourism
  • Hotel Management and Sustainability
  • Medical Tourism
  • Popular Culture & Contents Tourism
  • Religious Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism for Peace
  • Tourism Technology
  • Other Areas (please specify)

COSTA 2020 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

COSTA 2020 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers,  students and supporters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Plan Your Attendance

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Program Committee

  • Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Takayuki Yamada
    INTESDA, Japan

    Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also served as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2018 he organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia.

  • Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Executive Director, INTESDA,

    Michael 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.  His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights. He is actively involved with flood-fighting and disaster response and management in Japan.

  • Gary SmithHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Gary Ryan-Smith
    Director, Great Lakes Lights Photography, USA
  • Gary Ryan-Smith is an environmental and landscape photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. He is the director and chief contributor to Great Lakes Lights Photography with a particular focus on landscape photography projects both in the US and Japan. His work has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of air and water pollution around the Great Lakes and also within Japan. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. He previously worked for an ABC News affiliate and later for as a translator for the municipal government in Niigata, Japan. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography. Gary divides his time between his homes in Illinois, USA and Shizuoka, Japan.

    Featured Speakers

    • Isao Aratani 130x150COSTA 2020 Featured Speaker
      Isao Aratani
      Founder and President
      Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace


      Isao Aratani, an A-Bomb survivor, will discuss his life and the horrific events he witnessed on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was subjected to the world’s first atomic bombing. Mr. Aratani was born in Hiroshima in 1931. He was exposed to the bombing at the East Drill Ground, 2.2 km from the hypocenter when he was a second-year student at Second Hiroshima Prefectural Hiroshima Junior High School. For much of his life, Mr. Aratani has never told his story; however, after moving back to Hiroshima at the age of 69, he decided to share his story in the hopes that future generations will learn the horror of wars and embrace peace for eternity.

    Readers & Review Committee

    Luis Santiago, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Director, Public Administration, Urban and Regional Planning, Central Florida University, USA
    Pornpol Noithammaraj Chief of Knowledge Transfer and Consulting, DASTA Academy, Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Public Organization), Thailand
    Kanato Kashima, Ph.D. Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics, Japan
    Vinayaraj Mothiravally, Ph.D. School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
    Chanin Yoopetch, Ph.D.

    Tourism and Hospitality Management Division, Mahidol University International College, Thailand

    Fred R. Schumann, Ph.D. Professor, Global Resources Management, School of Business and Public Administration, University of Guam
    Jin Su Jeong, Ph.D. School of Engineering and Industrial Design, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
    Kandappan Balasubramanian, Ph.D. School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events, Faculty of Hospitality, Food and Leisure Management, Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, Malaysia