Potential risks from environmental sources include natural disasters (e.g. earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis) and severe weather events (e.g. cyclones, tornadoes or floods). Such incidents can have disastrous consequences for tourism on both an individual business level or for industry at a destination level. Visitors, locals and staff would equally be affected. Stakeholders can implement precautionary measures and mitigate risks before they escalate into a crisis. However, not all risks can be predicted and averted, so it is vital to plan and prepare for the event of a crisis.
Another threat to tourism stems from risks to the natural environment, which can affect the attractiveness of a destination or access to it and result in lower visitor numbers. Climate Change is considered a long-term threat to destinations with far reaching implications, some of which are already apparent (e.g. loss of corals due to higher sea temperatures). Other risks include potential biosecurity hazards like plant pest incursions.
The resources available in this section focus on resilience-based management and preparedness for disasters such as cyclones. Factsheets, checklists and templates can assist you in planning, and preparation for an environmental crisis, and subsequent recovery from it. A Climate Change Action Plan for the Great Barrier Reef provides one such example of a comprehensive long-term strategy for destination resilience and adaptation.