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International Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism (CMT)


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 invite researchers, educators, government and industry practitioners, students, and representatives of other organizations to consider submitting 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."


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.


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.

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.

Authors will be advised by August 1, 2015 if their topic and abstract are accepted for the conference, but we will attempt to make decisions on early submissions as soon as possible after they are submitted.


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.


January 15, 2015         First Announcement
February 15, 2015       Abstract Submissions Open
April 1, 2015               Early Bird Registration Opens
June 15, 2015              Abstract Submission Closes
August 1, 2015           Notification of Abstract Acceptance
September 15, 2015    Early Bird Registration Closes
October 15, 2015        Registration Deadline for Presenters
November 1, 2015      Full Program Announced


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.


Conference Co-Chair and Head of the Local Organizing Committee:
Brian Szuster, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Conference Co-Chair and Head of the Program Committee:
Mark Needham, PhD
Associate Professor and Gene D. Knudson Endowed Chair
Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
Oregon State University

International Steering Committee:
Jan Auyong, Oregon State University, USA
Michael Lück, AUT University, New Zealand
Marc Miller, University of Washington, USA
Mary Mostafanezhad, University of Hawaii, USA
Peter Myles, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Mark Orams, AUT University, New Zealand
Jeff Wilks, Tourism Safety Group, Australia


College Of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa
International Coastal and Marine Tourism Society
University of Hawaii Sea Grant
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Hawaii Tourism Authority

Additional sponsorships welcome; if interested, please contact the conference Co-Chairs.

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