The 2nd Asian Symposium on Tourism for Development – Sunday and Monday, April 29-30, 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan»

About AST4D 2018

The 2nd Asian Symposium on Tourism for Development (AST4D 2018) is a small, two-day, peer-reviewed international conference held on Sunday and Monday, April 29-30, 2018.

AST4D 2018 will be held in partnership with the 5th Conference on Human Development in Asia , the 3rd Asian Conference on Education for Sustainability and the 4th Asian Conference on Disaster Response and Management. Presenters of these international, peer-reviewed conferences will receive certificates of presentation and inclusion in the proceedings.

AST4D 2018 is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit abstracts as early as possible. In addition to this conference participants will have an opportunity to visit Hiroshima Peace Park and the famous shrine island of Miyajima — both Peace Park and Miyajima are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

About AST4D 2018

The key to reconciling the differences resides in sustainable tourism, defined by the UN as “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”  Viewed in the past as an ‘alternative’ or ‘fringe’ form of tourism, today it is widely accepted and plays an integral role in generating a green economy.

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.  Sustainable tourism, on the other hand, reshapes the landscape by prioritizing the inextricable link between the welfare of people and the preservation of our natural and cultural heritage. The transition to sustainable tourism challenges all participants to respect host communities’ socio-cultural diversity, fairly distribute the socio-economic benefits between all stakeholders, and optimize the use of environmental resources, among others. 

In our commitment to sustainable tourism, AST4D 2018 will include guided tour options to Hiroshima Peace Park and the shrine island of Miyajima — both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

The Final Deadline for Submissions has been Extended to Friday, April 13, 2018. Click the button below to submit your proposal today!

AST4D 2018 Submission Application

  • Consumer Behavior and Tourism Products
  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism
  • Dark, Disaster and War Tourism
  • Destination Branding and Promotion
  • e-Tourism, ICT and Travel Technology
  • Ecotourism and Geotourism
  • Green Hotels, Destinations and Attractions
  • Hotel and Hospitality Management
  • Islamic and Halal Tourism
  • Medical, Health and Wellness Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism Management, Policy & Development
  • Urban, Rural and Indigenous Tourism
  • Wine Tourism, Gastronomy and Food Safety
  • Other Areas of Tourism (please specify)


AST4D 2018 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

AST4D 2018 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for Academics, researchers, students and representatives from industry, government and non-governmental organizations need to both share their findings and learn from each other, in order to facilitate the transformation in how economic activity is conducted, allowing human societies to be sustained and to thrive.

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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 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-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Program 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. 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.

  • Gary SmithHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Gary Smith
    Media and Technology Director, INTESDA,
  • Gary Smith is an environmental and wildlife photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. His current film project is a documentary on the Seven Summits. The filming 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 melting glaciers and polar ice caps. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography.

Review Committee

AST4D 2018 is an international, peer-reviewed conference. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the conference. Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the official proceedings, which is published in electronic format shortly after the conference.

We wish to thank the following people for their willingness and effort to assist with the reading and editorial committee work:

  • Munehiko Asamizu, Ph.D., Tourism Geography, Yamaguchi University, Japan
  • Pornpol Noithammaraj,Ph.D., Office of Strategic Management, Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Public Organization), Thailand
  • Tu Nguyen, Ph.D.,  Hochiminh City International University, Vietnam
  • Kandappan Balasubramanian,Ph.D., School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events, Faculty of Hospitality, Food and Leisure Management, Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, Malaysia
  • Vinayaraj Mothiravally, Ph.D., School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events, Taylor’s University, Malaysia