Dear Colleagues, I am copying you with this situation brief on the Asian coastal disaster and business engagement in relief and recovery. This went out from IBLF today in Australia, London, Hong Kong and USA and distributed by our IBLF International Tourism Partnership (whose corporate members have 100s of properties in the region), and will be published elsewhere. It draws on our experience in working with CEOs of the major global tourism and hotel companies. However, it is relevant to all business operating in the Indian Ocean rim and concerned to review what to do in backing up official and agency rescue, relief and recovery efforts. In our conversations with the World Bank and emergency aid services and others it is clear that the human losses will mount considerably and how things are approached for the longer-term is critical. Please feel free to forward it on to colleagues and contacts who may find it useful.
The brief was issued in New York, London and Hong Kong with a media advisory with the kind assistance of Edelman Worldwide Media Services and the document can be downloaded from <www.edelman.com/IBLF/TsunamiIBLFbrief.pdf> We would value your feedback. **************************************************** International Business Leaders Forum International Tourism Partnership MANAGEMENT ACTION BRIEF What role for business leadership in the wake of Asia's coastal disaster? The undersea earthquake off Indonesia and the resulting freak surge of tsunamis across the Indian Ocean, swept thousands of unsuspecting villagers and holiday-makers to their deaths and left devastated communities and tourism facilities. As the death toll climbs, hotels have become makeshift morgues, communities mourn, health risks rise and authorities and agencies engage in the relief task. Industry leaders in the region and across the world may ask what they can do to assist? Business cannot escape getting involved in the rescue and aftermath for both humanitarian and business reasons. Tourism is essentially community based and engaged in the fabric of poor communities around the world. The challenge for regional and international business leaders will soon be to take a lead and engage in support of the public authorities in an even more critical role - aligned to their valuable management and logistical skills and infrastructure, applied to relief and recovery. That is to help save economies and communities from a further wave of social and economic catastrophe. This situation brief drawing on experience of the tourism industry aims to help managers and business leaders think through their longer term role. Robert Davies Chief Executive Officer International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) 15-16 Cornwall Terrace The Regents Park London NW1 4QP United Kingdom T: +44 (0)20 7467 3666/7 F: +44 (0)20 7467 3665 <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> www.iblf.org ------------ ***GKD is solely supported by EDC, a Non-Profit Organization*** To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd Archives of previous GKD messages can be found at: <http://www.edc.org/GLG/gkd/>