CALL FOR PAPERS – INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON COASTAL AND MARINE TOURISM (CMT)

CALL FOR PAPERS

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON COASTAL AND MARINE TOURISM (CMT)

10-13 November 2015

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Conference website:  http://socialsciences.hawaii.edu/conference/cmt2015

Conference poster:  http://socialsciences.hawaii.edu/conference/cmt2015/flyer/cmt-2015.pdf

CONFERENCE THEME: 

25 Years of CMT: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future

The International Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism (CMT) returns to Hawaii 25 years after its inaugural meeting there in 1990.  Recent previous CMT conferences have been in New Zealand, South Africa, and the Netherlands.  We now invite researchers, educators, government and industry practitioners, students, and representatives of other organizations to submit abstracts for research papers and/or posters at the 25 Year Anniversary CMT 2015 under the general theme of “Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future.”

CONFERENCE TOPICS

Papers and posters may be presented on a range of topics focusing on coastal and marine tourism including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Marine Wildlife
  • Education and Interpretation
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders
  • Planning and Development
  • Surfing
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
  • Cruise Industry
  • Social and Environmental Impacts
  • History and Heritage
  • Yachting/Boating and Marinas
  • Coastal Resorts
  • Small Islands
  • Coastal Trails and Beaches
  • Marine Ecotourism
  • Marine Water Sports
  • Governance/Policies/Stewardship
  • Sustainability and Certification
  • Seafood Tourism
  • Impacts on Fisheries and Coral Reefs

A special session will be held on the topic of Climate Change and Hazard Resilience in Coastal Tourism, and participants may also suggest other special sessions to the conference Co-Chairs.

SUBMISSION TYPES:

Papers

Research papers can be submitted in the form of an extended abstract (must be between 450 and 500 words) that will be published in the conference’s digital proceedings. Abstracts can be based on any type of data (e.g., surveys, experiments, interviews, focus groups, content or historical analysis, econometric analyses, biological analyses). Each abstract should contain a clear statement of the problem, research questions or hypotheses, brief description of the methods and results, and a clear conclusion specifying implications for managing coastal and/or marine tourism. Abstracts describing research that is proposed (where data collection and analysis are incomplete) are acceptable, but will only be considered for inclusion in the poster session (see below). Selected presenters at the conference may also be invited to submit full papers to a future special issue of the international journal Tourism in Marine Environments (TIME) devoted to CMT 2015.

Posters

Abstracts (must be between 200 and 250 words) of a proposed poster can be submitted, and if accepted, will be presented at a designated poster session. Poster abstracts will also be included in the conference’s digital proceedings.

ABSTRACTS:

Abstract submissions will be accepted until June 15, 2015.  The CMT 2015 Organizing Committee will review paper and poster abstracts, and will strive to respond to applications within 3 weeks.

To submit an abstract, go to:  http://socialsciences.hawaii.edu/conference/cmt2015/submissions.html

STUDENTS:

Student attendance is strongly encouraged and discounted conference registration and room rates (including the ability to share accommodation) will be offered to encourage their participation. The International Coastal and Marine Tourism Society (ICMTS) will also award prizes for the best student poster and best student presentation at CMT 2015.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • January 15, 2015         First Announcement
  • February 15, 2015       Abstract Submission Opens
  • April 1, 2015               Early Bird Registration Opens
  • June 15, 2015              Abstract Submission Closes
  • September 15, 2015    Early Bird Registration Closes
  • October 15, 2015        Registration Deadline for Presenters
  • November 1, 2015      Full Program Announced

ABOUT KAILUA-KONA:

Kailua-Kona is the main community on the western side of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is nestled on the flank of Hualalai volcano, and in ancient times was considered the premier place to live due to the excellent weather and good water. Hawaiian kings made their homes here, and in more recent times, the tiny fishing village developed into a small seaport and tourism hub. Kailua-Kona is now famous for coastal and marine tourism (e.g., humpback whales, manta rays, spinner dolphins, coral reefs), Hawaiian culture, sunsets, beaches, great weather, and some of the best coffee in the world cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai. Kona gets very little rain and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and is also home to the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.

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http://socialsciences.hawaii.edu/conference/cmt2015

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About Nathan J. Bennett

Nathan J. Bennett (see nathanbennett.ca) is a post-doctoral fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. He conducts research on humans-environment interactions, conservation social sciences and environmental governance and management.
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