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    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 2, 2006
      >Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2006 15:43:16 -0400
      >From: Alyssa Johnson-Oro Azul <alyssa@...>
      >Subject: Maldivian Tourism Sector Prepares for Future Disasters
      >To: 'Potter at Island Resources' <bpotter@...>
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      >Original-recipient: rfc822;potterbruce@...
      >Hi Bruce,
      >Happy New Year! Hope your 2006 is full of exciting new adventures, health
      >and prosperity!
      >Thought you may be interested in hearing about this project.
      >Take care,
      >Maldivian Tourism Sector Prepares for Future Disasters
      >For Immediate Release
      >Male, Republic of Maldives December 8, 2005
      >The Maldives Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation with assistance from
      >United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has embarked on a Disaster
      >Preparedness Program for the Maldivian Tourism Sector. Following the
      >tsunami, UNDP set up a Disaster Management Unit in the Maldives capital,
      >Male, in early 2005 to address issues of long term disaster preparedness and
      >response. In support of the Ministry of Tourism's vision to create a
      >"disaster risk free tourism environment" for the Maldives, UNDP joined hands
      >with the Tourism Industry and secured expert help to develop a Disaster
      >Management plan for the sector.
      >In August of 2005, Ms. Eleanor Jones, Managing Director of Environmental
      >Solutions in Kingston, Jamaica, commissioned by UNDP, prepared the "Disaster
      >Management Plan Tourism Sector". This manual suggests a results-based
      >framework for disaster management planning in the Maldives.
      >In November 2005, a second phase started with the training of Maldivian
      >Resort staff in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response as part of
      >technical assistance provided to resorts to prepare their own Disaster
      >Preparedness Plans. Over 100 staff in more than 45 resorts participated in
      >interactive workshops which reviewed disaster preparedness procedures and
      >included simulation exercises. The project addressed a number of hazards
      >that could happen in the Maldives including tsunamis, cyclones, storm
      >surges, fire, and accidents at sea, among others. The workshops and
      >technical assistance for resort plan development were delivered by Alyssa
      >Johnson, President of Oro Azul, a UNDP Consultant hired for this purpose.
      >Resorts are already experiencing long awaited 80-100% occupancy for November
      >and December. This project is expected to increase traveler confidence in
      >the Maldives.
      >The tourism sector in the Maldives experienced over $250 million in business
      >losses due to the damages from last year's tsunami. Amazingly, some islands
      >didn't even realize a tsunami had occurred while other islands just minutes
      >away by boat, were hit by enormous waves, flooding their islands. Luckily
      >many of the tourists where enjoying breakfast at the time the tsunami hit,
      >and were not in their rooms or on the beach, which hoteliers say, spared
      >many tourists. The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Abdul
      >Hameedh Zakariyya, stated that many resorts were damaged/partially destroyed
      >by the tsunami of December 2004. Most of the resorts have been
      >repaired/reinstalled and are back in operation."
      >UNDP is also providing assistance in the development of the Maldives Early
      >Warning systems which includes radar systems and Emergency Operations Center
      >at the National and regional level.
      > The Maldives has 1190 coral islands in 26 major atolls, 87 resort islands
      >and 25 different protected reefs with some of the best scuba diving found in
      >the world.
      >By Alyssa Johnson
      >Oro Azul
      >For more information contact:
      >Rita Missal UNDP Maldives
      >Ahmed Salih, Maldives Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation
      >Alyssa Johnson
      >Oro Azul
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