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
Every year, more than 1.2 million people are killed on roads around the world, according to the World Health Organization. Yet 57 percent of respondents in a recent webinar poll said their organization does not have a road safety policy. Read full blog post
With the summer season in full swing, many of your employees are likely taking advantage of time off to travel abroad. That means they may be headed further from home and to unfamiliar destinations. During this busy season, extra vigilance and advance planning can go a long way toward avoiding many common summer travel problems. Read full blog post
Around the world, 3,300 preventable road deaths occur every day, according to the “Global Status Report on Road Safety ,” which was released last year by the World Health Organization. That comes to more than one million deaths a year.
Travelers heading to the Caribbean may face the “The Deadliest Animal in the World,” a pesky and deadly little critter – the mosquito that’s infecting individuals with a less commonly known disease, chikungunya. In fact, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation list this little fly as way more dangerous than shark and snake bites. Read full blog post
With the World Cup set to kick off in Brazil on June 12, many organizations are setting plans into motion to be sure their travelers (and VIPS) remain healthy, safe and secure. For many of those organizations, planning for medical and security incidents started many months ago. Now, it’s time to be sure that travelers headed to the games are prepared for what they may face there. Read full blog post
It’s somewhat inevitable that today’s corporate travel managers will eventually face some type of medical or security crisis or evacuation with one of their international business travelers. Does your company have a robust plan in place to manage an evacuation or other crisis? And what can be done to prevent those events from happening in the first place? Register today Read full blog post
South Sudan became an independent country in July 2011. From the start, ethnic friction has threatened the fragile nation. By December 2013, fighting erupted in Juba, the capital and largest city, and quickly spread to other parts of the country. Read full blog post
Through a campaign of near-continuous and disruptive hartals (shutdown strikes) and violent street demonstrations, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has sought to create an atmosphere in which it will be difficult to hold the January 2014 elections. The BNP believes that the elections will not be fair and free if the ruling party does not step down to allow for a neutral interim government to oversee the elections. Given this atmosphere, personnel should defer non-essential travel to Bangladesh.
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I was recently asked to connect on LinkedIn with someone who had almost 20 million connections. I responded in my usual fashion, “Thank you for the invitation to connect. Please advise how I may help you in your business; I believe it is important to engage my network and appreciate the courtesy of a reply.” Read full blog post