Looking Ahead at Travel in 2015: Be Prepared

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The biggest annoyance when traveling internationally these days isn’t taking off your shoes in the security line or facing language barriers with an angry taxi driver. It’s experiencing a travel delay that keeps you away from home longer than you anticipated or forgetting to write down the address and phone number of the hotel where you’re staying so you can tell that angry cab driver where to go. Basically, it’s forgetting to prepare for the unexpected. Register today Read full blog post »

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Survey Highlights New Concerns For International Travelers

A recent survey of travel and security directors and other corporate decision-makers identified several regions of concern when it comes to travel in 2015. The annual survey, which asks respondents to identify the region posing the greatest risk to travelers and expatriates, found that the Middle East/North Africa is the most troubling region, with 33 percent of respondents listing it as their top concern. It was followed closely by Europe, which was the top concern for 31 percent of respondents. Read full blog post »

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2015: Risks and Threats Ahead

Each year Control Risks, which has analysts in 36 offices around the world, releases its RiskMap a look at the business environment in the coming year. We’ve been rating country risk since the early 1980’s, and what we found in the 2015 RIskMap continues a disturbing trend: Risk ratings have been worsening steadily since the Financial Crisis and there’s no sign of improvement through 2015. Register here. Read full blog post »

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Chikungunya in the Americas: Tips for Prevention

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We all know that Malaria is endemic in many parts of the world, but there’s another disease spread by mosquitoes that is being transmitted in the Americas – chikungunya. Currently, a number of Central American countries are experiencing local transmission, including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, as well as the Caribbean. Symptoms include fever, severe joint pains, headache and rash. Read full blog post »

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2015: The Risks Ahead

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The year 2014 was busy when it came to global events. And as we reach the middle of December, it has not slowed down. There was the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine; the continued rise in power by the terrorist group ISIS in the Middle East; to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. All of these global events kept security, travel, medical and HR folks up at night. Read full blog post »

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Ebola Update: The News from West Africa

Ebola has fallen from the headlines in recent weeks, but it’s still on the minds of travelers and organizations operating in West Africa. Here are some highlights from the latest World Health Organization situational update. There are some positive signs in this latest report. Read full blog post »

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Healthy, Safe and Secure: Promoting Awareness for Women

Security and health risks are highly variable and depend on the nature of the traveler, the destination and the activities. Earlier this month, I participated in a panel that looked at “Five Golden Rules” that are designed to help prevent exposure to and limit the impact of the security and health risks that female travelers may encounter. You can listen to the full recording, download the presentation and the executive briefing (which has more information on each of the rules). Read full blog post »

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Ebola and Travel Restrictions: Know the Score

Over the past weeks and months, many countries have instituted travel and visa restrictions to and from the countries in West Africa hard hit by Ebola. The scorecard changes almost daily, but the information is necessary for those charged with Duty of Care to keep their travelers safe. You can find a detailed list at www.internationalsos.com/ebola. Read full blog post »

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Safe and Savvy Traveler: Security Awareness for Women

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When traveling, there are some incidents that are more likely to occur with women than men: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and handbag theft. So what can women travelers do to stay safe when overseas? How can their companies support them to enable them to not only survive the trip or assignment, but thrive? Register here Read full blog post »

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