Disasters -- how to plan for them, manage
them and react to them -- will be the focus of the first day of the
upcoming 8th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism
Development (STC-8) in San Juan from April 25 to 29.
session is set for April 25 at the Condado Plaza Hotel, the STC-8
Tourism Organization is teaming up with the Caribbean Disaster
Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), the regions disaster response
body, for a special disaster mitigation exercise.
In the last two
years alone, Caribbean and international tourism have been plagued
by a number of disasters, including hurricanes and floods. The
inability to mitigate or eliminate the consequences of these
disasters has resonated strongly in the affected countries,
according to a joint statement released by the CTO and the
hopeful that the special one-day session will reveal new sources of
information and strategies and help formulate sustainable disaster
response capabilities for governments, the private sector and
interest groups, the statement said.
The days program
includes workshops on facilities assessment and contingency
planning, a general session entitled Towards Sustainable Tourism in
the Caribbean -- The Disasters/Tourism Interface and another
session on risk management in the tourism sector.
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