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Are there Opportunities to be grabbed in a crisis or disaster?? Is this the Haiti the media have shown you? Recovering from Crisis from adversity to sustainability the tsunami experience 11 th Annual Conference
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Are there Opportunities to be grabbed in a crisis or disaster?? Is this the Haiti the media have shown you? Recovering from Crisis from adversity to sustainability the tsunami experience 11 th Annual Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development Caribbean Tourism Organisation ain A can do attitude is important! Do you think a disaster be a good thing for tourism? Do you think that a train can pick up passengers with out stopping saving fuel and time? SRILANKA Key Facts 65,000 sq. Kms, 4 religions, 19m population 4 th largest For.Exch earner 6%GDP) 3 rd = Tea 2 nd = Garments 1 st = Inward Remittances HAITI Key Facts 27,750 sq. Kms, 96% Christian/ 50% practice voodoo 9m population Potential Inward Remittances from Disapora Tourism Garments & Technology Assembly Minerals In 247 BC Sri Lanka may have had the worlds first wild life haven, and the then King decreed : all human beings should follow the hallowed Buddhist teaching of not harming any form of life. Thanks to this philosophy, Sri Lanka has one of the worlds richest bio-diversity 2004 best ever year Tsunami Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Ratmalana Airport to Bentota Beach Hotels are metres from the beach which is illegal Quiet before the storm Beruwela harbour Scale : 3-4 lane road sri-lanka-tsunami-lg.html Initial Response day Emergency meeting uncalled - immediate closure for arrivals - set up command centre - sent buses - created emergency shelters 1600 Second meeting - call for charters - launched website, call centre - empty buses returned - 1 week window to get tourists home safely Hotel Reception with boats washed up ation.jpg Colombo hotels full, Convention Centre, Mattresses, Passports - Embassies Clothes, Counselling / Priests, Toys, Temporary Shelters We had to kick people out as many wanted to stay & help. This process made Ambassadors out of affected tourists. Challenges Foreign guests vs Sri Lankans Hotels vs Areas around hotels Infrastructure rail, electricity & telecom Media getting carried away Over zealous fund raising = exaggeration Diaspora complaining and not being up beat Marketing Initiatives Assessment initially close Rally the local community - We Are Sri Lankan Communicate the truth Bounce Back Emotion Fall in Love with Sri Lanka again Post cards focus on repeaters Request media to help Celebrity endorsement Shane Warne & Arjuna Ranatunga Media Assist & be open 30,000 = 4.9m GMTV, BBC Holiday, Travel Channel, Irish TV, Work with Tour Operators Our Response Weaknesses Unplanned tsunami who? Allowed all media in -? Disapora not engaged Strengths Use to negative events Natural care of Sri Lankan people Open and honest nature of people Extended family Milked good will Our offering is not only the physical Culture Nature Weddings & Honeymoon Ceylon Tea, Gems, Former British Colony Cricket Our People t Our People Sustainable Tourism Desire for direct business vs through tour operators Encourage domestic tourism = appreciation & regional competition (launched a division with in SLT) Build Back Better energy saving, less dependent on A/C, Encourage staff to interact with guest, open staff houses on over booked days Sri Lanka Earth Lung carbon sink Reduce energy use Encourage switching to other fuels Reduce deforestation Increase reforestation The Dwindling forest cover in Sri Lanka H ab g Earth Lung Song by Sri Lanka Tourism Ambassador performed at Ministers Summit WTM 2008 Opportunities External High awareness International attention Sympathy and good will Aid workers / media have been and will go for next 15 years Media have been, and are going back - 1 year High profile visitors and thousands of aid workers. Aid workers need to take breaks every 4-5 weeks Internal 1,500 kms of coast line = beachs Mountains 200 years of Independence Voodoo Art Music People large population is a strength Diaspora overseas Key Issues Communicate where money has gone? Portrayal of Haiti not what media show Temptation to open mega resorts vs Sustainable / Pro-Poor Tourism Funds? Timing is it too early? Media?.. 1 year on Haiti is not alone Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Jamaica Tourism, Dominican Republic, Just a Drop, DEC (13 largest NGO s) Other organisations based in Haiti Media BBC Fast Track, Wanderlust, Times & Lonely Planet Ideas for Haiti Piggy Back / Support fund raising efforts share the message thank you for your generosity, Now help us get our dignity (through employment) Harness relationships and create data bases encourage staff to do the same Post cards Social networking Encourage intra Caribbean tourism Target a future generation student Brand destinations with in Haiti Opportunity to Reality Day visits from Dominican Republic Disapora Voluntourism Visit to see your beneficiaries Volunteers / Aid workers - expats Tangiblise Haiti eg. Haiti week in the UK Thanks to CTO and others, Haiti back at Destinations London for 1 st time EVER Thanks to CTO and others, Haiti back at Destinations London for 1 st time EVER Thanks to CTO and others, Haiti back at Destinations London for 1 st time EVER Thanks to CTO and others, Haiti back at ITB Conclusion Have a plan - Practice One leader - Try new things Communicate quickly and decisively Learn from others but do it your way Pre build the website black page Seek help brand loyals / repeaters (data base) Seek un-official & un-related spokesman Use the media they want to help It is not if, it is when prepare now! Can a train pick up passengers with out stopping? Mesi an pil Konbit nou kapab Together we can A konbit is any group effort to realize a task one person would struggle to accomplish alone. Mesi an pil! Jean-Marc Flambert
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