The Asian Symposium on Sustainable Tourism for Development

The KKR Hotel

Hiroshima, Japan

AST4D 2016 will be held at the KKR Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan

Submissions Closed

The Asian Symposium on Sustainable Tourism for Development (AST4D 2016)»
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.  Hiroshima, Japan, the City of Peace, is proud to host the 2016 inaugural Asian Symposium on Sustainable Tourism for Development (AST4D 2016).

In our commitment to sustainable tourism, AST4D will include several guided tour options including a Walking Tour of Hiroshima City and also tours of Hiroshima Peace Park and the shrine island of Miyajima — both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

We welcome abstracts of 250 words in English on any of the streams below:

  • Adventure Travel
  • Agritourism and Culinary Tourism
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Cultural, Heritage and Dark Tourism
  • Destination Branding and Promotion
  • e-Tourism, ICT and Travel Technology
  • Eco-Friendly Destinations and Attractions
  • Eco-Friendly Hotel Operations
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Food Safety, Quality and Innovations
  • Food Service and Catering
  • Gastronomy and Wine Tourism
  • Geo-Tourism
  • Health, Wellness and Medical Tourism
  • Hotel and Hospitality Management
  • Indigenous Tourism
  • Marine And Coastal Areas Tourism
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Sustainable Business, Production and Consumption
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Energy and Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Theme Parks, Casinos and Resorts
  • Tourism Accounting and Finance
  • Tourism Economics
  • Tourism Education and Training
  • Tourism Management
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Tourism Policy, Planning and Development
  • Tourism Products
  • Travel & Transportation
  • Urban and Rural Tourism
  • Other Areas (please specify)


Symposium Chair

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 also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. In 2011 and 2013 he led humanitarian and medical 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.

Symposium Co-Chair

Gary Smith Gary Smith
Environmental Photographer and Filmmaker, Seven Summits, Canada
INTESDA Director of Media and Technology, Japan

Gary Smith is an environmental filmmaker and holds advanced degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also conducted research at the University of Chicago. He has interests in both the physical sciences and environmental sciences.

Gary is a noted environmental and wildlife photographer and filmmaker. His current film project is a documentary on the world’s highest mountains on each continent (the seven summits). As an experienced mountain climber, he has traveled the world to hike most of these mountains. 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 advanced degrees in physics, engineering and Japanese from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also conducted post-graduate research at the University of Chicago in the field of spectrography.

Review Committee Chair

Professor William Kittredge

William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
Professor, Bellevue University, USA
President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants, USA

Professor  Kittredge  received his Ph.D from the Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Public Administration with a specialty in performance assessment and performance-budget linkage. He has numerous research publications and presentations to his credit. He has served as a Director National Programs and Performance Evaluation in U.S. Department of Commerce, Professor of Public Policy & Finance at Carnegie Mellon University, Australia and US Government representative at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France, amongst various senior management positions and appointments. Presently, he teaches and develops content based curriculum at Bellevue University, USA.

Review and Editorial Committees

AST4D 2016 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 symposium.

Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the AST4D 2016 Proceedings. Full papers are welcome, but not required for presentation in this symposium. In addition, papers of high quality may be accepted for publication in the forthcoming INTESDA Journal of Global Sustainable Development (ISSN 2189-8170).

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

AST4D 2016 Review Committee Leadership

Alan Brady, Ph.D. Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
Suman Chakrabarty, Ph.D. Head, Dept. of Anthropology, West Bengal State University, India
William P. Kittredge, Ph.D. Professor, Bellevue University, USA
Susan Miller, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Foreign Languages, Nippon Sport Science University, Japan

AST4D 2016


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