Training course

ABTA's Hurricane Safety Training – London

    29 April 2020
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    30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ
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Event details

Given the unpredictable nature of weather systems and the impact they can have on travel accommodation and programmes, ABTA is holding a one-day training course on hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones and the safety considerations that travel companies should know in order to prepare. 

About the event

Many of the world’s popular holiday areas in the tropics and sub-tropics are occasionally affected by hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones. These can be life-threatening and have the potential to cause extensive damage to local infrastructure. They pose a serious health and safety risk. 

Led by a chartered meteorologist, this practical event will provide attendees with insights into the formation, structure and movement of hurricanes and will examine the safety considerations that travel professionals need to know in order to better understand and prepare for these types of weather systems. 

This course will give you the skills to prepare and understand the warnings and materials issued by the National Hurricane Centre and other similar centres around the world that may affect your accommodation offerings. Use learnings from the day to inform your crisis preparedness, staff and customer operations, and communications. Understand the seasonal distribution in various parts of the world and examine the capabilities and limitations of the specialist weather forecasting organisations tasked with providing expert forecast and warning services.

The day will also examine the specific challenges hurricanes pose for the travel industry including media, customers, operations and travel advice. 

Hear various case studies examining the uncertainties in hurricane forecasting and consider the implications of climate change on possible changes to hurricane activity in the future.  


  • Hurricane basics – what is a hurricane, how do they form and when do they occur?
  • Forecasting and detection understanding the weather warnings 
  • Travel industry challenges  media, customer and operations
  • Effects of climate change and possible changes to future hurricane activity 
  • Case studies on different hurricane forecasts 
  • Practical exercise on plotting a hurricane

Benefits of attending

  • Improve your knowledge of the weather systems that affect your product offerings abroad  learn what a hurricane is and how they form
  • Get an understanding of hurricane tracks including seasonality and controlling factors and how this may impact your travel accommodation
  • Understand the warnings and materials issued by the National Hurricane Centre plus and other similar centres, and what actions to take 
  • Learn how to update and correctly inform your crisis preparedness, staff and customer operations, and communications
  • Take part in a practical exercise on plotting a hurricane and put your questions to an experienced meteorologist and travel trainer

Who should attend?

The course is ideal for those who have a responsibility for the health and safety of customers and staff both in pre-departure planning and real-time during a hurricane event.

•    Health and safety teams
•    Operations managers 
•    Crisis and incident managers
•    Risk management personnel

About the trainer

Norman Lynagh

Norman Lynagh is a chartered meteorologist with more than 50 years’ experience in the profession. He is a past vice-president of the Royal Meteorological Society. He has extensive experience of weather forecasting for areas affected by hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones and has carried out many statistical studies for these areas to determine design criteria for offshore structures. After many years of employment with the Met Office, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and private sector weather service companies, he has been running his own consultancy business for the past 23 years. Over the past 10-15 years he has been active in developing training services in various aspects of meteorology and has provided training to multiple travel businesses. 

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £295 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £395 plus VAT


Book three places and get 50% off the third place.
(This discount will be automatically applied when you book online.)

If you are looking to book for a larger group please contact for a bespoke discount.

Please note discounts cannot be combined.

Other information

Non-Members are welcome to attend. For information about becoming a Member click here.

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Make payment by credit or debit card. UK VAT will be applied. ABTA Members can also request an invoice.

*To qualify for the ABTA Member/Partner discount you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number or your application must be in progress when the event takes place


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