A New Tourism Resilience Need Unfolding: Crisis Mode Activated

by: Juergen T Steinmetz | copyright: eTurboNews – Travel Industry News – World Travel News

The death toll from the two 7.8-magnitude earthquakes in Turkey and Singapore and their aftershocks have already reached over 7,800. MSNBC just reported that experts are already estimating the death rate to be a “chilling 180,000.”

Thousands are trapped under the rubble and thousands of buildings were destroyed. 

The man behind Tourism Resilience, the Hon. Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett from Jamaica reached out to the ambassador of Syria on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday, offering Jamaica’s assistance, and the assistance of the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre.

Tourism resilience is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, manage, and respond to disruptions that negatively impact the travel and tourism space.

Lloyd Waller, Executive Director – Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, 2022

Hon. Edmund Bartlett speaking for Jamaica and the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre

Minister Bartlett is the founder and chairman of GTRCMC. In his conversation with the Syrian ambassador to the UN, he expressed condolences and support for the recovery efforts in Syria and neighboring Turkey. Bartlett also instructed Jamaica’s ambassador to reach out to his Turkish counterpart. The Resilience Centre in Amman Jordan is being alerted to offer full support. Dr. Taleb Refai co-chairman of the GTRCMC is in Amman and will coordinate efforts.

Dr. Taleb Rifai, former UNWTO Secretary General

Dr. Taleb Rifai, who is also the former Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) told eTurboNews:

“It is no accident that the UN approved the resolution declaring February 17 as the yearly tourism resilience day on the same day the earthquake devastated portions of Syria and Turkey.

It is meant to illustrate the importance of resilience in our world today. Resilience today especially in tourism is a must. We have to learn from our mistakes and never allow them to dissolute our lives again.”

Dr. Hamoon, Üsküdar University, Istanbul

“The whole focus of Turkey and its allies is on how to respond to the devastating earthquake and its consequences,” Dr. Hamoon Khelghat-Doost, professor of political science at the University of Lincoln, UK, and Üsküdar University, Istanbul told eTN syndication partner The Media Line in an interview.


The unprecedented devastation suffered in the southeastern part of Türkiye has prompted the Skål International Executive Committee to initiate an emergency Aid Fund to send much-needed assistance to the thousands of families left homeless.

The dimensions of the earthquake, on an area of 300 + km diameter affecting 10 cities with over 12 million inhabitants is going beyond imagination. Thousands of victims under 11.000 collapsed buildings are waiting to be rescued, as aftershocks continue. Survivors are homeless under severe weather conditions with rain and snow, as the number of casualties continues climbing.

In this respect, we have been informed that our fellow Skålleagues of the Skål International Cukurova club, located in the middle of the affected area, thank God are well but a number of them have lost their homes, friends, and relatives.

We encourage all Skålleagues to join in sending your donations to this much-needed humanitarian cause through the GoFundMe platform for online payment or by bank transfer.

World Tourism Network:

Dr. Peter Tarlow, president of WTN said: “The World Tourism Network, the international tourism organization of small and medium-sized businesses stands in solitary with the tourism industries of Turkey and Syria as they grapple with dual earthquakes.

The WTN expresses its regrets for the tragic loss of life. The WTN stands ready to help our colleagues in Syria and Turkey in any way that we can. We pray for the healing of those who have been wounded or suffer The WTN stands with our colleagues wherever they might be.”

WTN Chairman Juergen Steinmetz added: “As a SKAL member myself, we applaud and support SKAL in its initiative to get the tourism industry to financially support Turkey and Syria during such impossible times.”

“We also reach out to GTRCMC, its founder, the Hon. Minister Bartlett, and Dr. Taleb Rifai, who is also our co-chairman join hands in a consolidated approach and mobilize the entire tourism world to be Turkish and Syrian right now. Tourism must shine and put actions behind showing resilience.”

Saudi Arabia stood up and answered so many 911 calls by tourism-affected regions in the world. Our appeal at WTN is also to HE, the Hon Minister of Tourism for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Ahmed al-Khatib to show leadership in yet another crisis.

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