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The International Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism (CMT) returns to Hawaiʻi 25 years after its inaugural meeting in 1990. We invite researchers, educators, government and industry practitioners, students, and representatives of other organizations to submit research papers and/or posters for the Anniversary CMT 2015 under the general theme of "Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future."

Thank you to all delegates, sponsors, staff and students
for making CMT 2015 a success.
See you in 2017!

Congress Topics

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

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

Kailua-Kona is the main community on the western side of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Nestled on the flank of Hualālai volcano, in ancient times it was considered a premier place to live due to the excellent weather and calm waters. Hawaiian kings made their homes here, and in more recent times, the tiny fishing village developed into a small seaport and tourism hub famous for coastal and marine tourism (e.g., humpback whales, manta rays, spinner dolphins, coral reefs), coffee cultivation, sunsets, and beaches. With very little rain and over 300 days of sunshine a year, Kailua-Kona is also home to the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament and the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.


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International Congress on Coastal and Marine Tourism (CMT) - First Announcement Flyer