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The Hotel Resilient Initiative

TwoEco is part of an international team working on the Hotel Resilient Initiative in the Philippines.

Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Asia-Pacific region, but also one of the most severely exposed to natural hazards. In many countries tourism has contributed considerably to development and plays an essential role in local, national and global economies. Disasters do not only pose a threat to tourists and workers, but have wider impacts on communities relying on tourism as their primary source of income. The location of many destinations creates a high susceptibility. Hotels and resorts attract continued investments in hazard prone areas, where risks are inadequately addressed. The UNISDR Global Assessment Report 2013 (GAR13) has found that the hotel industry is usually able to manage low impact hazard events well, but that extreme events are often poorly managed. Many hotels do not have the mechanisms in place to reduce their risks and to be prepared for a disaster.

TwoEco is collaborating with researchers from the Karlsruher Institut for Technologie, Bournemouth University, University of Queensland, Griffith University, and Risklayer in developing an analytical tool to help hotels assess their risks from different hazards. The team is conducting its work in Bohol, Cebu and Bantayan Island.

The project benefits from support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit).

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