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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - Two weeks into the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the Ministry of Tourism is pressing ahead in staging a series of training sessions in disaster management for tourism partners. It is the turn of small craft operators in the Castries basin to receive training schedule to begin June 21st at the Glen Castle Resort in Gros-Islet.

The training, to be conducted by local experts in disaster preparedness management, will attempt to demystify weather bulletins, while providing critical information on disaster management techniques, search and rescue at sea and other relevant topics.

Acting Director of Product Development in the Ministry of Tourism Anne-Margaret Xavier says the training is part of moves at ensuring that the tourism sector is sufficiently prepared to deal with inclement weather conditions. Small craft operators Miss. Xavier says are particular susceptible to adverse weather patterns and therefore need to incorporate disaster management mechanisms into their everyday operations.

“Many of the small operators within the industry tend to treat disaster preparedness and what comes with it as peripheral issues, but we believe that it’s important for them to have the right attitude and take proactive measures in ensuring that their businesses are able to operate in the event of or after any disaster,” says Xavier. She went on, “We felt it necessary to provide them with training in disaster management. We are also hopping that they will have some sought of plan at the end of this workshop.”

A similar training session will be held for southern-based operators on June 28th, 2005. Under the Ministry’s training programme small hotel operators were recently assisted in drawing up disaster management plans for their establishments. Tourism officials say as the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season continues, additional training will be provided to other industry partners.

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