These tragic events in California have stimulated the Global Glamping Summit team to reflect on what’s most important for all of us in the outdoor tourism industry at times of adversity.
For us, it comes down to three key areas:
|The safety of our colleagues, visitors, friends and loved ones is paramount at all times.||Standards we, as a community, define for our businesses are important guidance for business owners in the face of unexpected events.||As a community we will work together to solve problems facing the industry and draw on wisdom from our diverse, global membership.|
What insights can we gain from other tourism sectors?
AirBnB’s open spaces initiative brings its hosts together to offer temporary living space for those affected by natural disasters whether those displaced from their homes or relief workers deployed to help.
Local tourism associations collate local news and relevant advice from national agencies, for example:
Compiling checklists for managing health & safety issues is good practice such as this hotel checklist on control of Legionnaires’ Disease.
From the Standard Hotel to Shake Shack, Fortune.com have produced an article looking into how other businesses are helping California’s fire victims and evacuees.
An extensive overview shows positive responses from global and local brands including Uber, Facebook, Comcast, and So-Cal beauty brand Osea — whose founder lost her house to the Woodley fire.
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💔 Fire Update 💔We evacuated on Friday and are happy to share that our family is safe and we are together. However, we are very sad to report that we’ve lost our family home in the Woolsey Fire. It was a magical little cottage where our parents were married, we grew up and where OSEA was born, our truest source of inspiration and our anchor. Up until 5 months ago it was also home to the main OSEA office. We are grateful beyond measure that our business is safe. . Our Mom has always told us that OSEA is taking us on a journey and we are simply meant to follow its path. This hasn’t always made sense but today it makes more sense than ever; we are certain the path is to now help our community. . Starting now through tomorrow night 100% of all profits from purchases will be used to support victims of the Woolsey fire. We will be selecting organizations with the most impactful reach as needs become more clear and the smoke has settled. . We have been truly overwhelmed by the love and support we have received from our community this weekend and awed by the bravery and courage of the firefighters and first responders. We hope that we can pass this support along. . With love and gratitude 💚 Jenefer, Melissa, Mary, Steve & David