Monday, March 16, 2015 | 17:00-20:00 | Tohoku University C102 | Sendai, Japan
The tourism sector contributes to a significant portion of national income and employment in many areas of the Asia-Pacific region. However, these localities are often prone to extreme events like earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruptions, tropical storms, storm surges, and tsunamis. The region is also increasingly afflicted by long-term changes like sea-level rise and land subsidence, as well as other climate impacts. Natural hazards can severely disrupt tourism-dependent hotspots through a sudden drop in tourist arrivals and damage to the infrastructure critical to the sector.
During the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction side event, “Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience in Tourism Destinations,” the Earth Observatory of Singapore and R3ADY Asia-Pacific will bring together a cross-sectoral panel of experts from the government, private sector, and academia to share lessons and insights to inform a multi-stakeholder approach to resilience planning for a destination. Panelists will highlight their experiences of building resilience in various tourism destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
The event will feature short framing presentations which will provide an overview of the vulnerability of tourism hotspots, efforts driving preparedness and resilience of the tourism sector, an approach for building destination resilience, success factors in managing cross-stakeholder efforts, and an initiative to build destination resilience in one destination, Phuket, Thailand. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion with a cross-sectoral panel of experts.
Panel: Multi-Sectoral Insights from Multi-Destination Experiences
- Mr. Umar Fikry, National Disaster Management Center, Maldives Ministry of Defense and National Security;
- Dr. Dolores Foley, University of Hawaii;
- Ms. Jayne MacDougall, Le Meridian Phuket Beach Resort
- Mr. Andreas Schaffer, Earth Observatory of Singapore (Moderator)