E. Visayas bans nautical tourist activities due to typhoon

PREPERATION. Tacloban City Regional Tourist Board. The agency urged industry partners on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 to ensure the safety of tourists and protect their properties against threats from Typhoon Odette. (PNA archive photo)

CITY OF TACLOBAN – The Department of Tourism (DOT) urged industry partners to keep tourists safe and protect their properties from threats from Typhoon Odette.

DOT 8 (Eastern Visayas) director Karina Rosa Tiopes said on Wednesday that tourism-related businesses should prepare for the wrath of the typhoon by implementing precautionary measures and proposing contingency plans.

She added that they have sent a notice to industry partners, outlining tourism activities that should be avoided before the typhoon.

“We have asked management to advise guests to refrain from all types of water activities including, but not limited to, boating, island tours, swimming, diving, snorkeling, surfing, skimboarding, kayaking, jet skiing and rafting. “Tiopes said in a telephone interview.

All types of outdoor or adventure activities are also prohibited, including hiking, mountaineering, caving, ziplining, bouldering and visiting areas prone to landslides and flooding.

“The DOT has also advised them to reinforce or secure any structure, facility, trees, tools, equipment, gears within your property or tourist site that could potentially cause bodily injury, property damage, or loss of life,” she added.

The tourism department reminded establishments to ensure the availability of first aid kits, flashlights, emergency lamps, an adequate supply of drinking water and food, and other supplies that may be available. useful for injuries, power outages and floods.

In addition to regularly monitoring typhoon updates from the weather office and local authorities, the DOT has also asked companies to keep contact numbers of local disaster risk reduction and management offices and relief teams.

On Wednesday noon, the center of the typhoon was estimated at 590 km. east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, with maximum sustained winds of 120 km / h near the center and gusts up to 150 km / h. It was moving west at 20 km / h. (ANP)

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