||The Asia Pacific Tourism Association
is an internationally acclaimed association in the field
of tourism. A conference is held annually and a journal
is published quarter-annually. Its quality research papers are distributed
all over the world.
The purposes of APTA are to further facilitate quality tourism research
especially in the Asia-Pacific area, to share research achievements
and to exchange ideas between academics and their counterparts in the
The idea of the association was first initiated by Dr. Hai-Sik Sohn,
professor emeritus of Dong-A University, Korea with recognized tourism scholars
in Asia Pacific region. The association is comprised of seventeen Asia Pacific
countries and regions including Australia, Canada, China, Macao, Guam, Hong Kong,
India, Japan, Korea, Malasia, New Zealand, Phillippines, Singapore, Taiwan,
Thailand and the USA. The inaugural conference of the APTA was held in Busan, Korea on
September 21-24, 1995. The annual APTA conference has been held now for over a decade
and established itself as one of the most important tourism conference in the region.