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The Fires: Join this World Class Expert Tourism Zoom Discussion

, The Fires: Join this World Class Expert Tourism Zoom Discussion, eTurboNews | eTN

Tourism experts from around the globe will discuss the Maui Fires and its threat to global tourism in this public World Tourism Network Zoom discussion.

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On August 8 the world came to an end for 97 people in the historic beach and tourism town of Lahaina, Maui. Previously 115 people were confirmed dead, but this was lowered in a statement by Hawaii Governor Green on Friday.

Thousands of people lost their home, their business and some moved to resort hotels in West Maui.

Tourism came to a standstill, and Hawaii’s tourism leaders are hard at work to jumpstart the largest industry in the Aloha State.

Conspiracy theories and tremendous mistakes discovered in the work by those responsible for safety and security indicate there is a lot more to come.

When it comes to deadly wildfires, the US State of Hawaii is not alone. Devastating fires due to climate change are destroying regions around the world including in Australia, Greece, Turkey, Canada, and other parts of the United States.

Hawaii headquartered World Tourism Network with members in 133 countries reached out to one of its most known members and global consultants in this field, Australian-based Dr. David Beirman.

Dr. Beirman retains strong links with the Australian and global travel industry, in his specialist field of tourism, risk, crisis, and recovery management.

Together with WTN’s president Dr. Peter Tarlow who is also a world-known expert in travel security, and worked on tourism security in Hawaii for years, World Tourism Network arranged a panel of experts to give their feedback and recommendations on what tourism should do to limit the threat for tourism to this global trend of devastating fires.

It’s difficult to get 15 world experts from all continents on one Zoom table, and the World Tourism Network did it.

“We’re very thankful to David and Peter for their hard work to make this discussion this upcoming Tuesday possible,” said Hawaii-based Juergen Steinmetz, the Chairman of WTN. “We are pleased to invite our members in 133 countries to join the discussion on Zoom free of charge. eTurboNews readers are also welcome to attend for a $50.00 participation fee. “

, The Fires: Join this World Class Expert Tourism Zoom Discussion, eTurboNews | eTN

“We invited the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii-based associations, and stakeholders to participate,” said Steinmetz.

Speakers and Program: Sep 19, 2023

#Time (UTC)SpeakerWelcome, Intro, The View from HawaiiTopic
Juergen Steinmetz
Welcome, Intro, The View from HawaiiWelcome, Intro, The view from Hawaii
220.10Dr Eran KetterLecturer in Tourism, Kinneret College: Galilee, IsraelRe-imaging a destination after a natural disaster. start 23.10,19 Sep Israel time.

Bert van Walbeek
Tourism Crisis Management Expert and Educator, UK. Former Thailand ChapterChair PATA
Working effectively with the media during a crisis impacting on tourism.

Richard Gordon MBE
Director University of Bournemouth Centre for Disaster Management, UKMaking Collaboration between tourism, government, and emergency management work to prevent, manage, and recover from natural disasters.



Charles Guddemi
Statewide Interoperability Coordinator Readiness and Response DC, USA, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Applying Interoperability to Forest Fires and Natural Disasters:
620:50Lt Col. Bill FoosVice President Safety and SecurityVice President of Safety and Security

Dr Peter Tarlow
President World Tourism Network. CEO Tourism and More -World-renowned tourism security expert
Tourism Security and natural disasters
Professor Lloyd Waller
President Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Center, University of the West Indies MonaFocus on Natural Disasters and Tourism: a Jamaican and Caribbean Perspective
921:20Dr Ancy GamageDr. Ancy GamageSenior Lecture Management: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technoligy The HR dimension of tourism businesses and bushfire management in Victoria.
1021:30Professor Jeff WilksAdjunct Professor Griffith University: Specialist In Tourism, Law and MedicinePreparing for crises. An Australian perspective
1121:40Emeritus Prof. Bruce PrideauxFaculty of Hospitality & Tourism Prince of Songkla University, ThailandTopic Climate Change and its links with Bushfires and climate-based disasters.

Masato Takamatsu

CEO Tourism Resilience, Japan
Building Crisis preparedness between tourism, community emergency management and government in Japan
1322:00Peter SemoneChairman of Pacific Asia Travel AssociationPATA’s 30 years of commitment to tourism risk, crisis, and resilience in the Asia Pacific
1422:10Pankaj PradhanangaCEO Four Seasons Travel Kathmandu -Specialist in Accessible Tourism- Chair WTN Nepal.Strategies to Work with disabled travelers during natural disasters. The view from Nepal.
1522:20Dr David BeirmanAdjunct fellow Tourism & ManagementUniversity of Technology SydneyThe sum-up of the conference and directions for further action


  1. Juergen Steinmetz (Chair) (USA): Chairman of the World Tourism Network and Publisher of eTurboNews. Juergen is a global leader in the tourism industry media and in building global networks of tourism professionals.
  2. Dr. David Beirman (Australia) University of Technology Sydney. David has been a prominent researcher in tourism risk, crisis, and recovery management for over 30 years and has been directly involved in destination recovery projects (including bushfires) worldwide.
  3. Dr. Peter Tarlow (USA): President of World Tourism Network and CEO of Tourism & More. A top global tourism security expert who has trained thousands of police in over 30 counties through his TOPPS (Tourism Oriented Police Protection Service) program.
  4. Dr. Eran Ketter (Israel)Lecturer in Tourism at the Kinneret College of Hospitality and Tourism. Eran is one of the world’s leading authorities on tourism Marketing, destination branding, and Image.
  5. Dr. Bert Van Walbeek, UK-based and renowned “Master of Disaster” and former head of the Thailand Chapter of the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Author of PATA’s first crisis management guidebook.
  6. Richard Gordon MBE  Director of the world-renowned UK-based University of Bournemouth Centre for Disaster Management advising governments and Tourism businesses worldwide on disaster management
  7. Lt. Col. Bill Foos (USA) Former US Army Officer and a security consultant to businesses.
  8. Ray Suppe (USA)
  9. Charles Guddeni (USA)
  10. Dr. Ancy Gamage (Australia) Senior Lecturer Management (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)  Ancy specializes in the human resource dimension of tourism resilience and bushfire risk management response.
  11. Professor Jeff Wilks, Griffith University(Australia) Jeff is a world-renowned specialist in tourism risk management focussing on risk readiness and links between tourism and emergency management
  12. Emeritus Professor Bruce Prideaux  Central  Queensland University(Australia)is a world-renowned authority on tourism crisis management and the link between climate change and natural disasters.
  13. Masato Takamatsu (Japan) CEO of Tourism Resilience Japan.  Masato is Japan’s leading expert on crisis preparedness. His programs link tourism enterprises, emergency management, and government agencies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from Natural disasters.
  14. Peter Semone (Thailand) Chairman of Pacific Asia Travel Association. Peter leads PATA and has championed and been an active player in PATA’s more than 30 years of commitment to tourism risk, crisis, and recovery management throughout the Asia Pacific region.
  15. Prof. Lloyd Waller, Executive Director of Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre, Jamaica
  16. Pankaj Pradhananga (Nepal) Director of Four Seasons Travel, and Chapter President of the WTN Nepal Chapter, Kathmandu Nepal. Pankaj is a pioneer and global leader in accessible tourism services for people with disabilities and has factored in their special needs in preparing for and responding to natural disasters.

Zoom times by time zones

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

  • 09.00 American Samoa
  • 10.00 HST, Hawaii 
  • 12.00 Alaska (ANC)
  • 13.00 PST BC, CA, Peru,
  • 14.00 MST CO, AZ, Mexico City,
  • 15.00 CST IL, TX, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Colombia,
  • 16.00 EST NY, FL, ONT, Barbados, Puerto Rico
  • 17.00 Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bermuda
  • 19.00 Cape Verde
  • 20.00 Sierra Leone
  • 21.00 UK, IE, Nigeria, Portugal, Morocco, Tunisia
  • 22.00 CET, South Africa
  • 23.00 EET, Egypt, Kenya, Israel, Jordan, Turkey

Wednesday, 20 September 2023

  • 00.00 Seychelles, Mauritius, UAE
  • 01.00 Pakistan, Maldives
  • 01.30 India, Sri Lanka
  • 01.45 Nepal
  • 02.00 Bangladesh
  • 03.00 Thailand, Jakarta
  • 04.00 China, Singapore, Malaysia, Bali, Perth
  • 05.00 Japan, Korea
  • 06.00 Guam, Sydney
  • 08.00 New Zealand
  • 09.00 Samoa

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About the author


Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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