Heritage Tourism Research Project

About the Heritage Tourism Research Project

The Heritage Tourism Research Project website represents the work of the ASEAN-Japan Tourism Exchange Project, sponsored by a grant from The Japan Foundation.

The current aim of the Tourism Exchange Project is to involve Japanese, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian university students in field research, and in discussions at conferences, of current issues in commercial, governmental and non-governmental efforts to promote sustainable local and international tourism that is not only economically productive, but also, culturally constructive in the impact of tourism on central cultural values and traditional cultural practices.

Project Partners

Kyoto University of Foreign Studies – Kyoto, Japan

Universiti Sains Malaysia – Penang, Malaysia

Chiang Mai University – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hanoi University – Hanoi, Vietnam

Gadjah Mada University – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Souphanouvong University – Luang Prabang, Laos

Research Directors

Dr. Badaruddin Mohamed, Head of Sustainable Tourism Research Cluster, and Head of Local Knowledge Research Universiti Sains Malyasia, Penang, Malaysia

Professor Nguyen Duc Hua Cuong, Head of Tourism Department, Faculty of Management and Tourism Hanoi University, Hanoi, Vietnam

Dr. Ploysri Parananond, Head of the Centre for Asian Tourism Research and Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Tourism Research, Research Administration Centre, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Dr. Wiwik Sushartami, Lecturer, Tourism Study Program, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Ms Dalivanh Sirisack, Lecturer, Faculty of Economics and Tourism Management, Souphanouvong University, Luang Prabang, Laos

Dr. Ryohei Kageura, Department of Global Affairs, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto, Japan

Administrative Directors

Mr. Takashi Arita, Division of International Relations, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Project Manager
Ms. June Matsuura, Division of International Relations, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Communications Coordinator
Professor Craig Smith, Chair, Department of Global Affairs Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Kyoto Field Research Director
Professor Kevin Ramsden, Department of Global Affairs Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Website Director
Professor Aaron Campbell, Department of British & American Studies, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Policy Planning Advisor
Professor Jay Klaphake, Division of International Relations, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

Special Advisors

Professor Jeff Berglund, Professor of Intercultural Communication, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and Kyoto City Cultural Ambassador, Kyoto City Government

Mr. Shigenori Shibata, Former Director- General of the International Affairs Bureau of Kyoto City, Former Director General  of Department of Culture, Sports and Civic Affairs of Kyoto City, Former Director of the Kyoto Accord International Community House, Treasurer of Amnesty International Japan, Board Member  of Amnesty International Japan, Judicial Mediator of the local Court  of Justice of Kyoto, Founding Member of the Secretariat of the League of Historical Cities

Photo Credits

Many of the beautiful photos we are using are published under Creative Commons licenses and come from the following sources:

Penang header: https://www.flickr.com/photos/phalinn/15713931791
Chiang Mai header: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vasenka/8972288372
Yogyakarta header: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/2342380918
Hanoi header: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/4366422734/
Kyoto header: https://www.flickr.com/photos/philia17/15913347558

All other photos were taken by students and faculty involved in the project.