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Tourism Sector Resilience

Risk and Crisis Management in the Tourism Sector Activities:

  • Develop a Crisis Communication Handbook to assist/guide local authorities in planning for, responding to and recovering from any crisis event.

  • Establish a dynamic database of all visitors on the island and their location to allow for accurate head counts and rapid assessments of post-disaster needs.

  • Require each hotel to create and designate secure spaces on the property where guests and employees may be housed safely during the passage of a storm or hurricane.

  • Require each hotel, during the Hurricane Season, to maintain in storage sufficient water and food supplies to service the needs of their guests for seven days after a natural disaster.

  • Develop an evacuation plan to guide the process of evacuating visitors out of the country after a disaster.

Tourism Planning for Climate Change Activities:

  • Review the Tourism Master Plan to make it more resilient to climate change.

  • Review and update certification requirements for stakeholders in the industry to reflect risk management and climate smart policies.

Climate-Smart Hotel and Accommodation Standards Activities:

  • Develop new climate-resilient codes and standards for the construction of tourism facilities and other infrastructure.

  • Encourage hotels to pursue Green Globe certification.

  • Develop a Coastal and Marine Tourism Policy to include guidelines for environmentally-friendly beach development, jetty construction and dive operations.

  • Integrate water conservation/storage, renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions at all tourism sites.

  • Manage solid and liquid waste, minimizing run-offs and promoting recycle initiatives.

  • Incorporate disaster risk management mechanisms in all tourism-related facilities.

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