Tsunami Awareness and Mitigation Efforts in the Tourist Environments of Bali and Lombok

Authors: Chad Emmett*, Brigham Young University, Sarah Hall, Utah Valley University
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Tourism Geography, Asia
Keywords: tsunami, tourism, Indonesia
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Roosevelt 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The recent rumblings of Mt Agung in Bali and the earthquake in Lombok serve as reminders of the on-going vulnerability of these and other islands in Indonesia to seismic activities. While local and national tsunami mitigation agencies have made significant progress since the 2004 tsunami in Aceh, there is still much more to do. Of particular interest in this paper are the efforts being made to ensure that tourists and tourist facilities are “tsunami safe.” Using a survey of over 300 tourists in Bali from 40 different countries and information gathered from 2016 and 2017 field research on both Bali and Lombok, this paper will discuss the tsunami awareness of tourists and describe and analyze local attitudes and efforts to protect tourists (and locals) via maps, brochures, evacuation routes and signs, sirens, and establishing tsunami safe evacuation shelters and hotels.

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