Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) in Tourism and the Attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals
AbstractThe World Tourism Organization is of the position that tourism can play a significant role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The subject of tourism and the attainment of the SDGs has expectedly been the focus of numerous articles and researches. Noting that tourism is an industry that is highly vulnerable to the environment, this study advances that there is a compelling need to integrate the principles of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) into sustainable tourism development in order for it to contribute to the attainment of the SDGs. This conceptual paper highlights the relevance of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Tourism and proposes a model that illustrates the link between DRRM in Tourism and the SDGs, highlighting the significance of risk management which is instrumental in the achievement of the targets set forth in a number of the SDGs. While it is noted that Disaster Risk Reduction and Management is a compelling need for the sustainable development of the industry, there is an apparent dearth in literature on the link between DRRM in Tourism and the attainment of the SDG’s. This study adds to the literature on risk reduction and management in the tourism sector particularly as an essential component of the attainment of the SDGs.
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