GTRMC urges vigilance in tourism sector as Hurricane Beryl approaches

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The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) is urging all stakeholders in the tourism sector to remain vigilant and prioritise safety as Hurricane Beryl approaches.

A release from the GTRMC stressed that the protection of life and property is paramount, and it is crucial that all necessary precautions be taken to minimise risks associated with this climatic event.

“Tourism, while inherently vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes, has demonstrated remarkable resilience time and again. Our industry has the capacity to recover and rebuild, ensuring the continuation of its critical role in the global economy. However, the strength of this resilience hinges on preparedness, effective management, and robust partnerships,” the GTRMC release advises.

The GTRCMC emphasised the importance of collaboration between government agencies, private sector entities, and local communities. 

“By working together, we can enhance our ability to respond to crises and accelerate recovery efforts. Partnerships play a vital role in sharing resources, expertise, and information, which are essential for mitigating the impact of hurricanes and other climatic events,” the release said.

In light of Hurricane Beryl, the GTRCMC remind all tourism operators, businesses, and workers to:

• Stay Informed: Monitor weather updates and advisories from official sources to stay informed about the storm’s trajectory and potential impact, 

• Implement Safety Protocols: Ensure that all safety measures and evacuation plans are in place and understood by staff and guests,

• Secure Property: Take necessary steps to protect property and assets, including reinforcing structures, securing loose items, and safeguarding important documents, and

• Support Each Other: Foster a spirit of community and cooperation, assisting those in need and sharing resources where possible.

The GTRCMC stands as a crucial source of information and support in preparing for, managing, and recovering from climatic crises such as hurricanes.

” We offer a range of resources, including best practices, training programs, and recovery strategies designed to enhance the resilience of the tourism sector.” it noted. 

For more information and resources on hurricane preparedness and recovery, please visit our website or contact us directly. Together, we can navigate this challenge and emerge stronger, reinforcing the resilience of our beloved tourism industry,” a portion of the GTRCMC statement read.

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is founder and Co-Chair of the GTRCMC.