International Center for Asia Pacific Tourism (iCAPt)

Message from the Director

The “International Center for Asia Pacific Tourism” (iCAPt), researches the role of tourism and hospitality industry in shaping the future of the Asia Pacific region based on APU’s philosophy of “freedom, peace and humanity”. The Center studies the impact of tourism in the Asia Pacific Region from environmental socioeconomic and human perspectives. It aims to provide a platform for collaboration among academia, local communities, public and private sectors and international organizations. We value outcomes that contribute to the sustainable use of resources for development in the local area or on a global scale. The center intends to strengthen the network of stakeholders and their involvement in the development of the Asia Pacific through the interdisciplinary field of tourism studies.

VAFADARI, Kazem

The Center aims to achieve the following:

  • Creating databases and conducting research on model Sustainable Tourism initiatives in the Asia Pacific;
  • Benchmarking best practices and international collaborative research on the core topics of interest to the region and its tourism and hospitality industry;
  • Holding participatory workshop activities among stakeholders for knowledge sharing;
  • Evaluating the applications of collaborative initiatives and develop new models for development of the industry in the Asia Pacific Region;
  • Disseminating research outcomes through publications and conferences.
Main activities in AY 2018

International Conference and Workshop
Considering the main purpose of the center that aims to provide a platform for collaboration among academia, local communities, public and private sectors and international organizations, in the first academic year and the year of establishment of the center all members collaborated on holding an international conference and workshop involving international organizations including United Nations world tourism organization (UNWTO) and Japan international Corporation agency (JICA). The center invited local communities from Oita prefecture and a number of master’s students form different universities all over Japan to join workshop activities and field studies in Oita prefecture. Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pvrZciJJDKkZNh6E7.

Research Seminars
A series of research seminars by Professor David Weaver were organized in January 2019. Professor David Weaver is one of the most prominent researchers in tourism and hospitality, who published more than 80 journal articles and 13 books with google citation index of 11.000. The workshops were well acknowledged by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and provided supporting network for graduate students in their research and future scholarship in the field.

Community Service
iCAPt organized a series of events and educational programs with local communities in Oita Prefecture including Kunisaki City and Yufu City.

Kunisaki high school Program
iCAPt organized a workshop series for Kunisaki high school students in both in APU and in Kunisaki for destination marketing and branding with GIAHS theme as Globally Important Agriculture Heritage System of Oita.

Yufu high school
The center trained students of Yufu high school who majored in tourism to promote their city as health and wellness destination. The program was held monthly both in the university and in Yufu city.

Ryoai village program for local revitalization
In collaboration with Usa city office, iCAPt has been organizing a series of events working with local community on human resource development and rural destination marketing and management. Since April 2017, there has been a series of events in which local community received trainings form academia in the field and other successful model rural destination community leaders visiting Ryoai village. The project is ongoing.

Researchers
Name Current Affiliation / Position Field(s) of Specialization
VAFADARI, M. Kazem Assosiate Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Tourism
TODOROKI, Hiroshi Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Tourism, Geography
YOTSUMOTO, Yukio Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Tourism
BUI, Thanh Huong Associate Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Tourism
LEE, Timothy Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Tourism
KUBO, Takayuki Associate Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Tourism
COOPER, Malcolm J.M. Professor Emeritus
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Tourism, Environment
YOUN, Seung Ho Assistant Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Tourism, Psychology
LE, Andrew The Sydney Hotel School
Southern Cross University, Australia
Tourism
WILKINS, Hugh Lee, Jolliffe School of Management and Law
Edith Cowen University, Australia
Tourism
MORAIS, Duarte North Carolina State University
United States of America
Tourism
FUJIMAKI, Masami North Carolina State University
United States of America
Tourism

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