Volume 15:

Peaks & Parks: Mountain Tourism in East Asia’s Protected Areas

Friday, March 26th 2021 16:00 pm to 17:30 pm (JST)

A quarter of the earth’s land is covered by mountains. Upland destinations account for 15-20% of global tourism, second only to sun-sea-and-sand vacations, but many of the inaccessible, fragile ecosystems have remained relatively isolated, resulting in rich biodiversity but some of the poorest, most marginal communities in the world. In the recent rush to develop these highland ‘frontiers,’ Asia’s mountainous Protected Areas (PAs) symbolize the trade-off between conservation and nature-based tourism (NBT). The focus of this research is to compare mountainous PAs holistically across Northeast, Southeast and South Asia, three regions that are seeking to promote ‘pragmatic’ or ‘enlightened’ NBT (Weaver, 2014).

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Jafar Jafari
Dr. Jafar Jafari -  Moderator

Dr. Jafar Jafari

Jafar Jafari is Founding Editor, Annals of Tourism Research; Chief Editor, Tourism Social Science Series; Co-Editor, Bridging Tourism Theory and Practice; Co-Editor, Encyclopedia of Tourism; Co-Founder, TRINET; Founding President, International Academy for the Study of Tourism; Co-Founding Editor, Information Technology & Tourism; and Co-Founding President Tourism Intelligence Forum.

Dr. Kazem Vafadari 1
Dr. Kazem Vafadari-  Moderator

Dr. Kazem Vafadari

Professor Kazem Vafadari (PhD) is director of International Center for Asia Pacific Tourism (iCAPt); academic director of the Kunisaki city research center for world agriculture heritage, Oita, Japan and Division Head, Graduate school of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) Tourism and Hospitality (THP) Beppu, Japan. He worked with United Nations University and Kanazawa University in Japan before joining APU in 2011. He is an expert on Tourism and natural resource management and tourism applications of agriculture heritage landscapes. His research background also includes community building and rural revitalization and destination branding. He worked with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as an advisor and scientific committee member for the Globally Important Agriculture Heritage Systems (GIAHS) program. He works with UNWTO as advisory board member for QUEST program. His research interest includes development of health and wellness destinations through promoting edible and medicinal plants food tourism in agriculture heritage landscapes

Tom JONES - Moderator


Tom JONES is Associate Professor in the Environment & Development Cluster at Ritsumeikan APU in Kyushu, Japan. His research interests include Nature-Based Tourism, Protected Area Management and Sustainability. Tom completed his PhD at the University of Tokyo and has conducted visitor surveys on Mount Fuji and in the Japan Alps

Chieh-Lu LI
Chieh-Lu LI - Speaker

Chieh-Lu LI

Chieh-Lu LI is with Department of Tourism, Recreation and Leisure Studies at National Dong Hwa University and is also affiliated with National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. Li completed his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in USA. His research focuses on cross-cultural service marketing, ethnicity/cultural group studies, natural resource tourism, outdoor recreation, ecotourism, and human dimensions of natural resources.

Tetsuya AIKOH
Tetsuya AIKOH -  Speaker

Tetsuya AIKOH

Tetsuya AIKOH is an Associate Professor at the Research Faculty of Agriculture of the Hokkaido University. He teaches landscape architecture and planning. His research interests are planning and management of recreational areas and protected areas.

David B. WEAVER -  Speaker


David B. WEAVER has held professorial appointments in Australia, Canada and the USA, and is currently a Principal Research Fellow in the School of Management at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. He has published over 160 journal articles, book chapters and books, and maintains an active research agenda in sustainable tourism management, core/periphery models, geopolitics, ecotourism, dark tourism and resident perceptions of tourism. His textbooks include Advanced Introduction to Sustainable Tourism (Edward Elgar), Tourism Management (Wiley Australia, with Laura Lawton), and Ecotourism (Wiley Australia). He is a Fellow Emeritus of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, has delivered numerous invited keynote addresses worldwide, and held a prestigious Chang Jiang Scholarship from the Chinese Ministry of Education.



  • Welcome remarks

    Dr. Jafar Jafari

  • Moderador

    Tom JONES (Assoc. Prof. Ritsumeikan APU)

  • Academic perspectives

    Peak experiences in Asia's Northeast: Lessons for Sustainability and Resilience Dr. David B. WEAVER (Principal Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology)

  • An Overview of Japan's National Parks: Collaborative trail management in Daisetsuzan Tetsuya AIKOH (Assoc. Prof. Hokkaido University)

  • Taiwan’s National Network of Protected Areas: Case Study of Yushan Chieh-Lu LI (Professor, National Dong Hwa University)

  • Japan’s National Parks & Nature-based tourism: Case Study of Fujisan Akihiro KOBAYASHI, (Professor, Senshu University) & Tom JONES

  • Book Project Overview Tom JONES (Assoc. Prof, Ritsumeikan APU)

  • Debate con participantes

    Dr. Kazem Vafadari



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