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The 1st Ocean Tourism International Conference

The 1st Ocean Tourism International Conference

Topic: “Blue Economy, Ocean Tourism, and Sustainable Ocean Infrastructure”

Nadi, Fiji, February 25-27, 2020 

Call for Papers

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Asia-Pacific Applied Economics Association (APAEA), the South Pacific Tourism Organization  (SPTO), the Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI-SPF), and the Fiji National University (FNU) are jointly organizing an international conference on the theme “Blue Economy, Ocean Toursim, and Sustainable Ocean Infrastructure”. The proposed conference will bring together academics and policy makers from the Asia-Pacific region, who will discuss a range of issues related to the ocean, broadly defined. The conference will conclude with a day of policy-based panel discussions covering the conference themes. The conference will take place in Nadi (Fiji) from February 25-27, 2020.

A special session of the conference will be on Ocean Tourism. Both applied and theoretical papers (that have practical/policy relevance) will be considered. All aspects of Ocean Tourism wll be considered. The following topics, amongst other related issues, will be of interest: ocean tourism and economic growth; ocean tourism and sustainable development; ocean tourism and SMEs; ocean tourism and povery alleviation; ocean tourism and the macroeconomy; and forecasting ocean tourism.


Badri Narayan Rath (APAEA, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India)— Chair

Susan Sharma (APAEA, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)—Co-Chair

Dinh Phan (APAEA, Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia)—Co-Chair

Naoyuki Yoshino (ADBI, Tokyo, Japan)

Peter Morgan (ADBI, Tokyo, Japan)

Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)

Elizabeth Ragimana (SPTO, Suva, Fiji)

Rohit Kishore (FNU, Suva, Fiji)

Singh, Baljeet (University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)

Keshmeer Makun (University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji)


January 15, 2020: Due date for paper (draft) submission. 

January 21, 2020: Final decision on submissions. 

February 10, 2020: Registration deadline. 

Authors are invited to submit their research papers (in English) in word version to the following address: At this site, authors will need to register by creating an account. A copy of the paper should also be sent by email at


Professor Naoyuki Yoshino (Dean & CEO, ADBI, Tokyo, Japan)

Alfred Deakin Professor Paresh Narayan  (Deakin University and APAEA, Melbourne, Australia)


There are no registration fees for this conference.


All authors whose papers are accepted and who agree (by signing a copyright transfer form) to have the paper considered for an SSCI journal (to be organised by APAEA) will have their air travel (economy class) and 3 nights accommodation funded by the ADBI. (Only one author per paper will receive funding. Supported authors must be citizens of ADB member countries).



ADBI is the think tank of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). ADBI provides intellectual input for policy makers in ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs). It does so by conducting research with a focus on medium- to long-term development issues of strategic importance that affect the region and through capacity building and training activities that contribute to ADB’s overarching objective of poverty reduction. ADBI focuses its activities on areas where it has a strategic advantage, such as the analysis of emerging policy issues from regional as well as medium- to long-term perspectives, and the facilitation of policy dialogue among senior DMC policy makers. ADBI also seeks to enhance its visibility, impact, and accessibility through high-quality knowledge products and services. It strives to be a trusted source of insight, knowledge, and information to which policy makers, academics, and others interested in Asia’s development issues turn for guidance.

Interested researchers and institutions are encouraged to join the Association by attending one of its conferences or by applying to the association for membership. Members of the APAEA will receive a range of benefits. Individuals and institutions seeking membership to the Association should contact APAEA at

If you have questions, please contact us via email:

We look forward to meeting you in Nadi.

Best regards,

The Organizing Committee