The integration of emergency management and tourism

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Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 2011, 26 (3), pp. 30 - 34
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Many natural disasters, crime incidents, epidemics, acts of terrorism and civil strife are either deliberately targeted at places where tourists gather or coincidentally occur in areas with high concentrations of tourists. In Australia a high proportion of international and domestic tourists are attracted to coastal areas which are vulnerable to natural disasters in the form, of floods, cyclones or sea surges. Although there is high level of informal cooperation between tourism industry businesses and government tourism authorities and emergency services this paper will explore a more formalised, structured and consultative level of cooperation between emergency service agencies and providers and the government and private sectors of the tourism industry.
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