For many countries, the tourism industry is a major economic driver. As disasters increasingly threaten popular touristic destinations, it is critical for the tourism sector to invest in preparedness and disaster resilience.
This publication studies the storms between 1958 and 2017 are in the Canary Islands, in the most important tourist enclaves of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, located in the municipalities of Arona and Adeje (SW of Tenerife) and in San Bartolomé de Tirajana
Climate-related sea level rise, ocean warming, and coastal erosion are likely to ruin coastlines, the main tourist attraction for several islands whose economies are in danger of collapsing. With tourism contributing to over 25 percent of GDP for several small islands, their economic diversification will partially determine their resilience.
OAS Assistant Secretary General, Nestor Mendez, says the new Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, in the Caribbean, is vital and timely, as the sector remains vulnerable to climate-related disasters. The new centre includes the Sustainable Tourism Observatory, which is designed to assist destinations’ preparedness, management and recovery from crises.