The Annual Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality in Asia: COSTA 2015


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

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