Training day

Planning for Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters – Training for Travel

    11 October 2023
  • Venue:
    ABTA Ltd, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ
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This practical one-day training course has designed specifically for the travel industry. Get actionable guidance on planning and preparing for natural hazards including hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and flooding.

Understand the cause, impact and response needed to geological, meteorological, climatological and biological hazards, including hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and flooding. Use real life examples to discuss vulnerability, risk and action plans when a crisis occurs. 

About the event

Extreme weather and natural disasters have an immense impact on affected destinations and tourists on holiday.  This practical event will provide attendees with essential insights into how to effectively understand, manage and prepare for these increasingly common events.
Gain the skills to identify different types of hazards, including global and regional typology. Understand the causes and impacts of various hazards and take part in practical exercises to assess the actions that should be taken when a natural hazard event occurs. Take away the skills to inform your threat and vulnerability assessments for your organization, inform your crisis preparedness, staff and customer operations, and communications.

Designed specifically for the travel industry, this training will examine the hazards that impact most on destinations, including earthquakes, tropical storms, infectious diseases, flooding, avalanches, wild fires and drought. Understand the severity, structure, and how environmental and political changes could impact the intensity and frequency of natural hazards in the future. 


  • Understanding the basics of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, flooding and wild fires and other natural hazards
  • Interpreting and using forecasting tools and data
  • Carry out a threat and vulnerability assessment for your organisation
  • Building resilience into your plans
  • Becoming familiar with early warning and surveillance systems.


Moderator: Angela Hills, Head of Destinations, ABTA

Angela is the Head of Destinations at ABTA, with responsibility for destination operations, health and safety, crisis management and incident management. She is one of ABTA’s key points of contact for government representatives (UK, EU and destinations) on destination-related issues and projects. Angela is a regular speaker on behalf of the tourism industry at UK and international conferences, delivering health and safety, crisis and operational training to suppliers and Governments in destinations. In addition, Angela is a key industry stakeholder representative for EU and international committees for destination and safety related matters. 

Angela has over 25 years travel industry experience having joined the industry in 1988, working in various management roles both overseas and in the UK, for a major UK tour operator. In September 1998 she was appointed as the Head of Health and Safety and Operational Support for the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and International Federation of Tour Operators (IFTO). Since July 2008 when FTO merged with ABTA - The Travel Association, Angela has been responsible for destination operations, health and safety, crisis management and incident management within the Destinations & Sustainability department.

Trainer: Jon Goodwill, Principal Consultant, GroundTruth Consulting

Managing Director of GroundTruth Consulting, Jon is a crisis and risk management specialist with over 20 years’ strategic leadership and operational experience in complex, conflict and insecure environments.

Jon is an experienced facilitator and trainer of 15 years. He is current with chronic and rapid on set naturals disasters with operational and strategic over sight. He has worked with a variety of international organisations and UK government departments across the globe.

Speaker: Sarah King, Facilitator, GroundTruth Consulting

Sarah is an experienced facilitator and trainer in managing high performance teams internationally and in the UK. Over the last 25 years, she has designed, developed and delivered dynamic workshops and training sessions for a wide variety of commercial entities and international organisations.
Sarah is a long-standing associate of GroundTruth Consulting of more than 15 years with a background in the travel industry, human resources, crisis management, leadership and team development. She embraces working in dynamic, fast moving environments while ensuring the well-being of all. She is committed to making business and crisis management skills enjoyable and inspiring, so that they have a lasting effect on all involved.

Benefits of attending

  • Improve your knowledge on natural hazards – learn what they are and how they form
  • Get an understanding of the structure and mechanics of the different types of hazards including their intensity 
  • Understand the early warnings and surveillance systems and what actions to take 
  • Learn how to update and correctly inform your crisis preparedness, staff and customer operations, and communications
  • Take part in interactive sessions to test your understanding and get your questions answered by the experts.

Who should attend?

This event is ideal for;

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

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £235 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £355 plus VAT 

This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, all delegate materials, presentations and an attendee certificate. 

Make payment by credit or debit card. 

View our booking terms and conditions here.


  • 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.

*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.

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


For information on sponsorship opportunities please contact Sara Dolan on 07766 517 611 or email

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