The 4th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia

The KKR Hotel
Thursday and Friday
January 4-5, 2018
Hiroshima, Japan

COSTA 2018 will be held at the KKR Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
Thursday and Friday, January 4-5, 2018

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The 4th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA 2018)»

Welcome to the 4th Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Asia (COSTA 2018). This  international, peer-reviewed weekend event will be held in partnership with the 4th Conference on Management and Sustainability in Asia (COMSA 2018).

The unprecedented boom in tourism these days is well documented, with over 1 billion international travellers in 2015, accounting for over 9% of the world GDP, and numbers expected to reach 1.5 billion by 2020. Asia, too, has prospered from this trend with Bangkok claiming the coveted title of the most visited city in 2016. These staggering numbers, coupled with the economic benefits associated with them, often overshadow the inherent conflict between the needs of conservation management and tourism. 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. 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.

Early registration is only 23,500 JPY.  We welcome submissions of 250 words in English by Friday, November 17, 2018 on the following streams:

COSTA Submission Form

  • Cultural Tourism
  • Dark Tourism
  • Eco-Tourism and Geo-Tourism
  • e-Tourism, ICT and Travel Technology
  • Event Management
  • Halal Tourism
  • Hotel and Hospitality Management
  • Medical Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism Policy, Planning & Development
  • Urban and Rural Tourism
  • Other Areas of Tourism (please specify)

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.

Co-Chair and Program Director

Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director

Michael Sasaoka 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.

Speakers and Review Committee

Munehiko Asamizu, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, Tourism Geography,
Graduate School of East Asian Studies,
Yamaguchi University, Japan

Dr. Munehiko Asamizu is an Associate Professor of Tourism Geography, Yamaguchi University, Japan. His research interests include sustainable tourism, international tourism, tourism policy, migration workers and student mobility, ethnic studies and sociology. Major publications: Munehiko Asamizu and Fred Schumann eds. (2010) Global Tourism, Kumpul. Munehiko Asamizu ed. (2008) Human Mobility in Asia Pacific, Office Sakuta. Munehiko Asamizu (2005) World Travel and Japanese Tourists, Gakubunsha.

Kozue Kay Nagata, Ph.D.,
Professor, Faculty of International Cooperation,
Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan

Kozue Kay Nagata, Ph.D is a Professor (Faculty of International Cooperation) at Nagoya-Gakuin University in Nagoya Japan. Dr. Nagata is a 30-year United Nations service veteran, and during her tenure with the UN family, she had been extensively involved in “disability inclusive development cooperation”.  During her tenure with the United Nations ESCAP in Bangkok, she had contributed, together with various stakeholders in the region, to drafting the Bangkok Draft of CRPD, which became later on the base of CRPD.  During her tenure at the UN HQ in New York, she was involved in mainstreaming disability into general international development cooperation, as a means of implementing the article 32 of CRPD. Her last position with the UN was the Director of UNESCP Pakistan Office in Islamabad (2012-2014), where she focused on CBR, gender equality, and inclusive education. After retirement from UN in 2014, she is teaching at a private mission school University in Nagoya Japan. Dr. Nagata’s current research is about disability in the Arab region and Islamic countries.

Program Committee

COSTA 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 (ISSN 2188-6911), 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
Kozue Kay Nagata, Ph.D. Faculty of International Cooperation, Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan
Pornpol Noithammaraj,Ph.D. Office of Strategic Management, Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Public Organization), Thailand
Hossein Esmaeili, Ph.D. Flinders Law School, Flinders University, Australia
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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