The purpose of this assignment is to create an opportunity for students to examine a
specific hospitality or tourism business and its disaster management plan.
You may wish to use material from our course, our text, government sources, libraries,
industry representatives, the Internet, etc. You should refer to the laws in BC if the
business is in BC, but if you are in another jurisdiction (Alberta, Washington State,
Thailand, China, etc.) you should refer to the laws in that jurisdiction (and include
specific statute references).
You will prepare a written Report (details noted below)
You will:
1. choose an actual, specific hospitality or tourism business, corporate business or Small
Medium Enterprise business (that is of interest to you) in a specific location in the world.
Identify a specific disaster. Examples of a disaster: major earthquake, avalanche,
landslide, major fire, major flood, tsunami, large rogue wave, hurricane, volcano
eruption, lightning strike and resulting fire, serious epidemic outbreak, riot (or very
large unruly crowd), or terrorist attack; or
Examine an existing plan and then examine gaps and seek to improve the plan or
develop a new risk management plan.
2. Identify the legal risks of the disaster by examining and analyzing the organization’s
3. Evaluate the risk of the specific disaster and assess the probability and severity of
4. Devise a risk management plan that either avoids, eliminates, reduces, transfers or
retains the risk.
5. Advise on how to implement and carry out the plan and also how to monitor and
revise the plan. What you are aiming for is a plan that this business could put into place
now. Reality check: advice is practical and “do-able” in the real world (putting selves
in position of the management team and asking, “would we ‘buy’ the advice you have
just been ‘selling’ us?
The Report will have as follows:
1. 6 – 10 pages (not including title page, table of contents and Works Cited) 12-point
font, 1.5 spaced;
2. headings and (where necessary) subheadings; it should be mostly in paragraphs and
sentences, although some information may have to be in point form or in tables;
3. a separate Cover page indicating the specific business, the type of disaster, our course,
instructor, date, city, and your names;
4. a separate “Works Cited” page using APA format;
5. attached copies of documents as Appendices, if applicable;
6. no more than one page that covers the history or description of the event.

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