Call for papers: The Second Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality in Asia

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COSTA 2015 will be held at the Mitsui Garden Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
April 26-28, 2015

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Submission must be received by Monday, March 2, 2015

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The Second Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality in Asia (COSTA 2015) »

The unprecedented boom in tourism these days is well documented, with over 1 billion international travellers in 2012, accounting for over 9% of the world GDP, and numbers expected to reach 1.5 billion by 2020.  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.  Hiroshima, Japan, the City of Peace, is proud to host the Second Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality in Asia.
The three-day international, peer-reviewed conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, activists, students and professionals. With the theme of A World of Opportunities, the conference will examine and promote a critical understanding of sustainable tourism and hospitality.
The aim of the conference is to foster greater communication and collaboration between scientists, practitioners and policy makers in seeking innovative and pragmatic approaches to sustainable tourism and hospitality. Registered participants with an accepted abstract and/or refereed full paper will be published in the proceedings (ISSN 2188-6903).
As the fields of sustainable business, tourism and hospitality cross over into multiple areas and disciplines, authors are welcome to submit from a range of topics, perspectives, and disciplines.

  • Adventure Travel
  • Agritourism and Culinary Tourism
  • Climate Change
  • Crisis Management
  • CSR
  • Cultural, Heritage and Dark Tourism
  • Culinary Arts
  • Customer Service and Guest Relations
  • Destination Branding and Promotion
  • e-Tourism, ICT and Travel Technology
  • Eco-Friendly Destinations and Attractions
  • Eco-Friendly Hotel Operations
  • Ecotourism and Geotourism
  • Event Management
  • Food Safety, Quality and Innovations
  • Food Service and Catering
  • Gastronomy and Wine Tourism
  • Green Aircraft and Airlines
  • Health, Wellness and Medical Tourism
  • Hotel and Hospitality Management
  • Indigenous Tourism
  • Jungle Tourism
  • Marine And Coastal Areas Tourism
  • Public Relations
  • Quality Assurance
  • Reservations and Sales
  • Safety and Security
  • Services Branding
  • Sports and Special Event Tourism
  • Theme Parks, Casinos and Resorts
  • Tourism Accounting and Finance
  • Tourism Education and Training
  • Tourism Human Resource Management
  • Tourism Policy, Planning and Development
  • Tourism Products and Consumer Behavior
  • Travel & Transportation
  • Urban and Rural Tourism
  • Wine Industry and Education

COSTA 2015 Program Committee

 Michael Sasaoka 1 Michael Sasaoka
Academic Director, TIER A Research Center, Japan
Professor, Gifu College of Business and Economics, Japan

Professor Michael Sasaoka 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. He has worked in curriculum design roles with YMB, ETS and CIEE. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development, oceanography and overfishing.  Professor Sasaoka has previously worked at several universities in Japan in both teaching and research capacities. Presently, he is involved with a private research center that tracks data and implements nationwide TOEIC examinations. In addition, he is also preparing  an interdisciplinary curriculum design program for a new college in Gifu, Japan.  In his free time, he is an avid aquarist and maintains a five hundred liter, aquascaped saltwater aquarium. He is passionately concerned about the impact of pollution and overfishing on the global health of oceans and reefs.
 

WilliamKittredge William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
President, Cervelet Management & Strategy Consultants

Dr. Kittredge 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.
He 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.
 

MartinRomeroMorett Martin G. Romero-Morett, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Economics Department
University of Guadalajara, MexicoDr. Martin G. Romero Morett heads the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. His field of teaching and research is international economic cooperation for development.

Dr. Martin G. Romero Morett earned a Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s degree at the University of Washington and a BA in Economics from the University of Guadalajara. He has served as an official in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Economic Development of the State of Jalisco, Mexico. But his most extensive experience has developed in the university as a professor of undergraduate and graduate students; as a researcher in the field of economic integration processes; and as an officer, where he has been coordinator of the BA in Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara. He was the co-founding director of the Master of International Economic Relations and Cooperation (Latin America-European Union), which is a program that is taught jointly with the Center for Latin American Studies at the Rey Juan Carlos University.
 

SalvadorPenicheCamps Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Guadalajara, MexicoDr Salvador Peniche-Camps is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara. His area of teaching expertise is environmental economics with a special emphasis on water related issues.

Professor Salvador Peniche-Camps teaches in the Department of Economics at the University of Guadalajara, where he is also the coordinator of the Integral Basin Management Project in the University Center of Economics and Administrative Sciences. In addition, he also holds the title of Director of the International Seminar on the Santiago River Basin.
His primary research interests are in water administration, ecological economics and water economic fields. He has been working in international lobbying initiatives as well as international consulting for Mexican NGOs.
Dr Peniche-Camps has published extensively and he is the director of the scientific journal “Expresion Economica”, which is maintained by the Economics Department of the University Center of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Guadalajara.
 

John Stayton John Stayton
Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs
School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University, USAJohn Stayton is the Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, a position which encompasses both the evening and executive formats of SSU’s traditional and wine business MBA programs.

After fifteen years in the field of high technology industrial marketing, John desired to leverage his business background by developing a profession that would serve the environment and society. In 2000, he co-founded the world’s first graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became known as the GreenMBA. The GreenMBA at Dominican University of California is a rigorous two-year program that transforms students’ abilities to advance environmental and social initiatives in any type of organization.  In 2013, John became the Executive Director of Graduate and Professional Programs for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, a position which encompasses both the evening and executive formats of SSU’s traditional and wine business MBA programs.
 

ChrisSeeley3 Christopher Charles Seeley
CEO, Climate Change Solutions, Ltd.
Bangkok, ThailandChristopher is the CEO of Climate Change Solutions Co., Ltd., a consulting firm providing advisory, project development, and implementation services in the areas of energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy projects across the Asia Pacific region.

Previously, Chris spent 6 years with the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), based in Bangkok, managing the Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit program across Asia. He advised governments as well as commercial property owners on energy efficiency projects and other areas relating to climate change mitigation, and has helped to establish dedicated financing mechanisms and investment opportunities across this sector. During this time, he developed and managed a portfolio of projects of over US$150 million across the Asian region.  He has also worked as a consultant for the IFC (World Bank), JICA (Japan), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
 

metri Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D. (IIT – Bombay)
Dean (Academic)
Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
President, Indian Subcontinent-region
Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), Atlanta, USADr Bhimaraya Metri is Academic Dean and Professor of Operations Management at the International Management Institute (IMI), located in Delhi, India.

Dr Bhimaraya Metri is Professor of Operations Management at the International Management Institute (IMI), located in Delhi, India. Prior to joining IMI, Professor Metri served as the Dean of the Strathclyde SKIL Business School, and also held numerous academic leadership positions, including Dean (Academics) and Dean (Graduate Programmes), and Chairman (PGPM) at top league B-school MDI Gurgaon. He has also served at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani. Prof Metri has published over 90 research articles in international and national journals and proceedings. He is on several editorial advisory boards of national and international journals.
COSTA 2015 affiliates and initiatives that we support include:

Sonoma State University  Dominican University of California Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, UIC
University of Guadalajara  PRESDA Foundation of Japan  Clinton-Climate-Initiative
International Ecotourism Society International Hotel and Restaurant Association Japan Ecotourism Society
 Barossa Grape Wine Association  Medical Tourism Association World Food Travel Association

 

COSTA 2015 Advisers

William P. Kittredge, Ph.D.
President
Cervelet Management and Strategy Consultants, USA
John Stayton
Executive Director, Graduate and Professional Programs
School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University, USA
Martin G. Romero-Morett, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
George W Crabtree, Ph.D.
Senior Physicist and Distinguished Fellow
Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Prawit Puddhanon, Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Production
Maejo University, Thailand
Bhimaraya Metri, Ph.D.
Professor of Operations Management
International Management Institute
Former Dean of MDI & SSBS
Mingjing Guo, Ph.D.
School of Economics and Management
China University of Geosciences, P.R. China
Salvador Peniche-Camps, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Economics
Department of Economics
University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Luis Maria Bo-ot, Ph.D.
Professor, National Institute of Physics
University of the Philippines, Diliman, The Philippines
Takayuki Yamada
Chairman, Board of Directors
PRESDA Foundation
Japan
John Latzo
Professor
Div. of Humanities & Social Sciences
POSTECH, S. Korea 
Christopher Charles Seeley
CEO, Climate Change Solutions, Ltd.
Bangkok, Thailand