Evacuation behavior of international tourists and information provision during disasters: Case study in Osaka, Japan

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Japan as a disaster-prone country needs to prepare enough evacuation planning and information provision for tourists during emergencies. International tourists differ from residents in language skills, awareness of potential hazards, and familiarity with the geographic layout which makes them more vulnerable. This study aims to investigate the information provision and evacuation behavior of international tourists in tsunami by an agent-based evacuation model, Morris screening, and a case study in Minato Bay in Osaka. The results indicate that there are differences in the arrival rate and time and that international tourists face more difficulties delaying their arrivals to shelters. Information provision in multiple languages and shelter capacity expansion were found to be significant factors affecting arrival rate and time highlighting that increasing shelter capacity and information provision in multiple languages can enable timely evacuation of international tourists.

 

Evacuation behavior of international tourists and information provision during disasters: Case study in Osaka, Japan

Japan as a disaster-prone country needs to prepare enough evacuation planning and information provision for tourists during emergencies. International tourists differ from residents in language skills, awareness of potential hazards, and familiarity with the geographic layout which makes them more vulnerable. This study aims to investigate the information provision and evacuation behavior of international tourists in tsunami by an agent-based evacuation model, Morris screening, and a case study in Minato Bay in Osaka. The results indicate that there are differences in the arrival rate and time and that international tourists face more difficulties delaying their arrivals to shelters. Information provision in multiple languages and shelter capacity expansion were found to be significant factors affecting arrival rate and time highlighting that increasing shelter capacity and information provision in multiple languages can enable timely evacuation of international tourists.