More than 40 representatives of hotels and resorts, tourism associations and relevant government ministries came together on October 30, 2017, at the Dusit Thani Manila, to attend the Executive Briefing on Hotel Resilient (link to GIDRM website). Hosted by the Department of Tourism, Philippines, the event provided an introduction to the Hotel Resilient Initiative and the Hotel Resilient Multi-Hazard Risk Management Standards to support a resilient tourism sector in the Philippines. The participants stressed the relevance of Hotel Resilient for the Philippines and ensured their commitment in rolling out Hotel Resilient in the Philippines.

The Philippines and especially the Department of Tourism have been supporters of the Hotel Resilient Initiative from the beginning of the program. The Hotel Resilient Standard has been developed in three tourism destinations in the Visayas, Philippines: Bohol, Cebu and Bantayan. The high interest and relevance in the Philippines also lead to choosing the Philippines as the destination for the first pilot training of the Hotel Resilient training programme.

The first pilot training of the Hotel Resilient training took place from 1st to 3rd November 2017 at the Bellevue Resort in Panglao, Philippines. More than 25 staff members of the Bellevue Resort, Amarela Resort and South Palms Resort took part in the 2 ½ day training program that introduced the participants to the Hotel Resilient Standards focusing specifically on managing disaster and climate risks,  crisis communication, disaster preparedness and response and business continuity planning. In addition, the participants were introduced to the software that is currently being developed by Risklayer Standards and provided their feedback on the usability of the software. By implementing the Hotel Resilient Standards, hotels and resorts can actively engage in decreasing the risks they are facing and thereby increase their climate and disaster resilience.