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The 6th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia – Friday and Saturday, December 20-21, 2019 in Hiroshima, Japan»

Welcome to COSTA 2019

Welcome to the 6th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA 2019) to be held in Hiroshima, Japan on Friday and Saturday, December 20-21, 2019 at the Kokusai Hotel in Hiroshima. COSTA 2019 is being jointly held alongside the 6th Conference on Management and Sustainability in Asia (COMSA 2019).

The 6th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia is an annual, international, peer-reviewed event that has been held every year in Hiroshima. This year’s event will coincide with the end of autumn and start of winter in Japan, which is actually an ideal time of the year for visiting Hiroshima. All attending participants will have an opportunity for travel around Hiroshima, including its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Peace Park and the Shrine Island of Miyajima (Itsukushima).

Please note that the number of oral and poster time slots is limited.  The organizers will close submissions and registration when the event has reached its capacity.

About COSTA 2019

Our theme for COSTA 2019 is Tourism for Peace and Hiroshima, 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 2019 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 2019 offers a platform for scholarly and applied conversations among a wide variety of stakeholders concerned with the continual challenge of advancing peace through tourism.

We welcome proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, October 4, 2019. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!


COSTA 2019 Submission Application

COSTA 2019 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 2019 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

COSTA 2019 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
    Chairperson,
    INTESDA, Japan

    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 2018 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-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Program Director, INTESDA,
    Japan

    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 Smith
    Director, Great Lakes Lights Photography, USA
  • Gary 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 2019 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

    Michael Barr, M.A. Dept. of English, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan
    Luis Santiago, Ph.D. Luis Santiago, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director, Public Administration, Urban and Regional Planning, Central Florida University, USA
    Pornpol Noithammaraj,Ph.D. Office of Strategic Management, Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Public Organization), Thailand
    Kanato Kawashima, Ph.D. Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
    Vinayaraj Mothiravally, Ph.D. School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
    Hossein Esmaeili, Ph.D. Flinders Law School, Flinders University, Australia
    Dag Petersson, Ph.D. School of Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
    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