The 7th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA 2021) – Held Online from Tokyo, Japan on Monday and Tuesday, December 6-7, 2021»

Important Update: COSTA 2021 will be Virtual

We welcome you to join us online on Monday and Tuesday, December 6-7, 2021 for the 7th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA 2021), which will be held as a virtual event from Tokyo, Japan.

Due to ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as travel restrictions, curfews and business shutdowns in major metropolitan areas, this conference is being held online.

All oral and poster presenters are invited to join us either live via Zoom or to submit pre-recorded oral presentations or virtual posters.

Please click on the link below to download our guidelines and instructions for giving live presentations or pre-recorded presentations or virtual posters via Zoom:


COSTA 2021 is being convened by INTESDA in affiliation with the the Parasitic Disease Research Center, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand and the Family Medical Co., Ltd., Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

About COSTA 2021

Perhaps no other sector of the global economy has been impacted by COVID-19 as greatly as the tourism industry. The shutdown of airports, borders and restricted access to nearly every country in the world to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants has had a ripple effect on not only airlines and hotels, but also the food industry, supply chains, shipping and transportation and just about anyone working in the service industry. A recent report by the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, revealed that international tourism,  fell by over 70%, which represents nearly one billion fewer travelers in that period and a financial hit to the tourism industry of nearly one trillion USD. Not surprisingly, while tourism in Europe and North America were badly hurt, the geographic regions which were hardest hit by COVID-19 were in Asia. While infection rates have waned due to vaccinations, the UNWTO predicts that a return to 2019 tourism levels in terms may take up 30 to 48 months. Eventually, tourism will return but it may never be the same as it was prior to 2019. Health vigilance, such as ‘vaccination passport’ and other health measures will likely become part of the new norm.

Call for Proposals

With the theme of “Tourism, COVID-19 and Recovery”, we are holding the 7th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia as a virtual event.  Since the pandemic is still ongoing and travel has not resumed, the virtual format is an ideal setting and a safe presentation format to network, make friends, discuss research, share ideas and hear from others about the impact, challenges and changes to tourism as we move forward to a post-COVID-19 world.

The Deadline for Proposals of 250 words in English is Friday, November 26, 2021. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

COSTA 2021 Submission Application

COSTA 2021 Streams

  • Cultural, Heritage and Dark Tourism
  • Destination Branding and Marketing
  • Ecotourism, Geotourism and Sustainable Tourism
  • Hotel Management and Sustainability
  • ICT & Social Media in Travel and Tourism
  • Medical and Health Care Tourism
  • Online and Virtual Tourism
  • Popular Culture & Contents Tourism
  • Smart Tourism, Resiliency and Sustainability
  • Sports and Recreational Tourism
  • Travel and Post-COVID-19 Tourism
  • Other Areas (please specify)

COSTA 2021 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

COSTA 2021 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers,  students and supporters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Plan Your Attendance

Please Check the COSTA 2021 Schedule for Details

Organizing Committee

  • Takayuki YamadaTakayuki Yamada
    Chairperson, 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. Since 2011, he has organized and led multiple humanitarian and medical aid missions to India, Bhutan and elsewhere to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio and improve access to clean water and sanitation in rural areas. Mr. Yamada is also active in supervising activities and projects with friendship associations in central Japan aimed at strengthening ties with its diverse international community.

  • Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordMichael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Executive Director, INTESDA, Japan

    Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development. Michael spent much of his formative and adolescent years growing up in Japan before returning to the USA where he excelled at San Diego State University and earned degrees in business and Japanese. Owing to his bi-cultural and bilingual heritage, Michael has spent the past twenty-five years working in education and training in Japan, which he now calls home. As a skilled Japanese-English interpreter, he recently worked for NBC during the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Gary SmithGary Ryan Smith
    Media & Technology, INTESDA, Japan
  • Gary Smith is an environmental and landscape photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. His work has taken him all over the work and has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its effect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term effects 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. He is also an alumnus of the JET Programme in Japan and served as coordinator for international exchange for the Ministry of Education in Tokyo. 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 2021 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.

    Peer 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. Japan University of Economics, Fukuoka Campus, 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