Public-private collaboration for disaster risk management: A case study of hotels in Matsushima, Japan

David N. Nguyen, Fumihiko Imamura, Kanako Iuchi

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This research paper focuses on public-private collaboration for disaster risk management in coastal destinations, particularly between the hotel industry and local government. To guide its research, this paper applies collaborative planning theory in developing a research framework to discover gaps between stakeholders attitudes towards collaboration, its outcomes, and obstacles preventing the adoption of specific hotel-based disaster management actions. A case study is used on Matsushima, Japan, a popular coastal destination in the Tohoku Region, which was devastated by the 2011 tsunami. Through surveys and interviews, this study found that hotels can play a key role in working together with the local government towards disaster risk management of coastal destinations. However collaboration gaps between the stakeholders limited the extent of the adoption of hotel-based disaster risk management initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-140
Number of pages12
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 1


  • Case study
  • Collaborative planning
  • Disasters
  • Hotels
  • Japan
  • Resiliency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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