The 3rd Asian Symposium on Sustainable Tourism for Development

The Mitsui Garden Hotel
Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019
Hiroshima, Japan

AST4D 2019 will be held at the Mitsui Garden Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan

Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019

Final Proposals Due by Friday, March 8, 2019

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The 3rd Asian Symposium on Sustainable Tourism for Development (AST4D 2019)»

AST4D 2019 Welcome
Welcome to the 3rd Asian Symposium on Sustainable Tourism for Development (AST4D 2019). This symposium is a special event held on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. AST4D 2019 international, peer-reviewed event will be held in partnership with the  the 6th Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice (EQUIS 2019) and the 3rd International Symposium on Strengthening Peace through Education (ISPED 2019).

AST4D 2019 will be held in late March, when the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom. It is also an excellent season for travel in Hiroshima with comfortable weather and ideal for visiting sites around Hiroshima, including its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Peace Park and the Shrine Island of Miyajima (Itsukushima).

About AST4D 2019
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. With the theme of Tourism, Development and Sustainable Practices, we invite academics, researchers, students and representatives from industry, government and non-governmental organizations to join us for this special symposium in order to share their findings and learn from each other as well as to facilitate the transformation in how economic activity is conducted, allowing human societies to be sustained and to thrive.

Final proposals of 250 words in English are due by Friday, March 8, 2019:

    • Airlines and Transportation
    • Content Tourism
    • Cultural and Heritage Tourism
    • Customer Service & Hospitality
    • Dark Tourism
    • Destination Branding
    • Eco, Geo and Sustainable Tourism
    • Hotels, Inns, Lodges and Resorts
    • Religious Tourism and Halal Tourism
    • Tourism Development & Policy
    • Tourism Education and Awareness
    • Other Areas of Tourism (please specify)

AST4D 2019 Proposal Submission

Program Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of 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.

Program Committee

Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director

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.

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech
School of Humanities
Matsuyama University, Japan

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, currently lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan has acquired an expanded knowledge of the Japanese educational system while instructing English. His almost 30 years of residing in Japan has afforded him the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of English language teaching. He has taught extensively at the kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high levels for 20 years. His current position at the tertiary level has permitted him to incorporate his prior earlier teaching knowledge with the latest technological advancements. His aim has been to offer lessons that offer opportunities for language expansion as well as at the same time as contributing to expanding learner’s active presentation and computer skills. His key research interest concerns understanding language learning as it is constantly evolving along with the latest enhancements in technical knowledge.

Peer Review

AST4D 2019 is an international, peer-reviewed symposium. 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 (ISSN 2432-146X), 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:

Review Committee

Munehiko Asamizu, Ph.D. Tourism Geography, Yamaguchi University, Japan
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
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
Kandappan Balasubramanian,Ph.D. School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events, Faculty of Hospitality, Food and Leisure Management, Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, Malaysia

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