Tourism organizations urge the Caribbean to prepare for hurricane season – English version

The Caribbean Tourism Organization ( CTO ) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association ( CHTA ) urged the tourism sector to prepare for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( NOAA ) predicts “above average” activity this year.

Between 14 and 21 named storms are predicted, with six to 10 likely to become hurricanes and three to six predicted as major hurricanes, Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Highlighting the importance of tourism to the socio-economic development of the region, the CTO and CHTA will launch separate and joint initiatives to raise awareness across the sector in the coming weeks to strengthen preparations.

Acting Secretary General of the CTO Neil Walters said thorough planning and information gathering by all stakeholders is essential, noting that this is critical to the continued resilience of the sector, especially in the coming season.

“CTO has always provided essential tools aimed at mitigating disasters, such as the Multi-Hazard Risk Management Guide which is available to planners through the Caribbean Tourism Institute’s online tourism training center,” it said. -he declares.

“The importance of preparation cannot be reiterated enough. It has proven to be one of the key factors enabling the sector to achieve a quick and strong recovery from setbacks,” he added.

The guide addresses all phases of the disaster management cycle by disseminating best practices in crisis communication and social media, and both tourism agencies will continue these outreach initiatives in the coming weeks.

Vanessa LedesmaActing Executive Director and CEO of CHTA, reiterated the value of planning and preparation.

“We will continue to provide in-depth training on insurance, best practices for businesses, communication strategies, cancellation practices and regional response mechanisms to ensure stakeholders are able to overcome any challenges. associated with this year’s season,” he said.

The CTO and CHTA believe that high levels of preparedness have enabled Caribbean destinations to recover quickly from past natural disasters.

The organizations noted that most of the Caribbean is not affected by a major hurricane in any given year, citing the region’s vast geography. However, despite the region’s relative safety for summer and fall travel, the region takes planning and preparation very seriously.

The CTO and CHTA attribute this readiness to the Caribbean’s ability to recover from a crisis situation faster than most parts of the world.

As part of their preparatory activities, the two organizations will hold a two-part training session for tourism managers from the public and private sectors on Friday June 10 and Thursday June 30. Registration details will be announced shortly.

Source: Dominican Today.

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Last modification: June 7, 2022

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