“Resilience Academy” by Hotel Resilient
Bijan Khazai

Bijan Khazai

Dec 16, 2020

December 16, 2020

“Resilience Academy” by Hotel Resilient

Hotel Resilient is launching a new initiative called the Resilience Academy to address gaps in academic and professional knowledge on crisis resilience in the hospitality sector.

Hotel Resilient’s DNA is tightly interwoven with research and teaching around disaster and climate resilience. In fact, Hotel Resilient found its start in 2016 as a research collaboration between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, Griffith University in Australia and Bournemouth University in the UK to spearhead the development of the Hotel Resilient Standards together with private sector and government partners. 

The Hotel Resilient core team is born out of the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany as well as the General Sir John Monash Foundation in Australia. Since its beginnings, the Hotel Resilient team has been involved in intense academic and governmental research, teaching and training activities with major universities and research networks. This has allowed Hotel Resilient to remain at the cutting edge of scientific and technical solutions. 

Within such a fertile ground for collaboration, the Resilience Academy will draw on a wide network of international experts, and initiate partnerships with major universities and international organizations around the globe to provide the latest research, deliver online open courses and training programs, and promote knowledge on resilient tourism.  

2021 will be an exciting year for the Resilience Academy by Hotel Resilient. We recently signed an organizational partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) with an MoU focused on cooperations on research and knowledge transfer around disaster and climate resilience. Hotel Resilient is also part of at least two funded research projects starting in 2021, including a large EU Project on multi-hazard risk management focused in part on tourism and hotels.

The Resilience Academy aims to strengthen collaborations with different universities and other partners to identify opportunities as well as challenges that are likely to impact the hospitality industry with respect to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation with a focus on scientific research, education and capacity building. The overarching aim is to promote innovation, research and solve real-world-challenges of the hotel sector.

Activity summary of Hotel Resilient research, training and knowledge dissemination in 2020.

PartnershipsHotel Resilient joins the Action for Climate and Tourism Network (ACTNetwork), a global group of experts whose aim it is to collaborate and contribute positively towards finding and communicating long-term solutions for low-carbon and climate resilient tourism.

MoU signed with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) focused on cooperations on research and knowledge transfer around disaster and climate resilience.
Lectures and WebinarsHotel Resilient partners with Swineburne University of Technology in Melbourne Australia and Curtin University in Perth Australia to present a lecture series on earthquake resilience in the hotel industry, following the M6.5 earthquake in Davao, Philippines hosted in Davao by Australia Awards.

Lecture series and workshops supported through a project with the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) and funded by GIZ, including:
– Lecture Series at University of Applied Sciences (IUBH) in Bad Honnef, Germany
– Lecture at Kempten University of Applied Science
– Co-organizing the “Supporting resilience in accommodations” session at the ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) Daring Cities Conference.
– Co-hosting Expert Workshop on Resilient Tourism with the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV)

Hotel Resilient participates in international conferences on resilient tourism:
Eco Hotel Summit on Sustainable Tourism (July, 2020)
Eduk Circle International Convention on Tourism and Hospitality (October 2020)
– Asia Institute of Management Disaster Risk and Crisis Management Knowledge Sharing Series (October 2020)
TrainingsEcuador Ministry of Tourism and Hotel Federation of Ecuador COVID-READY Training Development and Roll-out
– Palestine Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and Arab Hotel Association COVID-READY Training Development and Roll-out
Maldives National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Disaster and Climate Resilience and COVID-READY Training Development
– Round Table Discussion Series with SMEs in Sri Lanka through Sustain Sri Lanka to address challenges on implementing COVID-19 protocols
ResearchCollaboration with University of Applied Sciences in Cologne (Technische Hochschule Köln) to conduct research. Our research staff is co-advising research topics, including “Comparison of COVID-19 Protocols across Germany, Austria and Switzerland region” and “COVID-19 and Disaster Scenarios: Impacts on Evacuation and Water Usage”
– EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project starting in 2021 awarded to Risklayer and other EU partners, including Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, British Geological Survey, Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), Center for International Climate Research (CICERO), Deltares, IIASA, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, and Universidad de la Laguna. The research project will lead to the development of a standardised framework for multi-hazard risk management with a key focus on Hotels and Tourism, allowing tourism stakeholders to assess dynamic multi-hazard risks and support them in finding effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation solutions.
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) starting in 2021 to develop new protocols and tools to ensure disaster resilience of accommodation services in Myanmar.

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