Nepal Earthquake: Advice for Travelers

We’re all thinking about the deadly earthquake that struck Nepal and the surrounding region earlier this week. The natural disaster placed a severe strain on essential services, and search and rescue missions are continuing to look for survivors. Read full blog post »


Looking Ahead at Travel in 2015: Be Prepared


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 »


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 »


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 »


2015: The Risks Ahead


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 »


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 »


Countdown to World Cup – Less than One Month


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 »


Travel Projected to Increase in 2014, Areas of Concern Identified

According to attendees of a recent webinar – which included travel and security directors and other decision-makers – travel this year is expected to increase. That’s really no surprise, as companies continue to explore the emerging markets in Asia and South America and Africa. Read full blog post »


South Sudan – When Can Organizations Return?


For those who recently left the country, this is now the number one question.

Scanning the rolling news channels may not provide an immediate answer, as television reports paint a rather confused picture of tribal fighting that seems to ebb and flow (hardly surprising since ‘confused’ accurately describes the situation in South Sudan right now). Read full blog post »