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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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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Ebola: Tackling the Challenges and Concerns

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A new survey of Fortune 500 companies conducted earlier this week by International SOS found that, in spite of the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola, an overwhelming majority (83%) of organizations expect the flu to impact their business more than the virus in the coming months. Furthermore, less than a third of companies surveyed has had an employee request to change their travel plans or declined to travel due to the global outbreak. Read full blog post »

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Planning for Events: Prepare, Educate and Practice

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Fall is a busy time when it comes to conferences and meetings. Vacation has wound down and business is back in full swing. It’s important for conference and meeting planners to know that they also have a Duty of Care to protect attendees. Read full blog post »

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Growing Corporate Care in China

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China’s dramatic growth is not news to anyone. An impoverished nation just a few decades ago, the transformation has been unprecedented in scale. Around 500 million people have been lifted out of poverty over this 30 year period, and this is a trend set to continue. By 2030 it is predicted that the middle class in China will number 1 billion people. Read full blog post »

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Ebola Awareness Commercial

Ebola is scary, deadly – and preventable. These are a few of the points made in a new video produced by International SOS and Multi Choice, a broadcast company is South Africa. The video, which can be seen here, is part of our larger effort to ensure communities understand what Ebola is and how to keep themselves safe from infection. Read full blog post »

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How Are Companies Responding to the Ebola Outbreak Now?

The Ebola outbreak continues to grow in concern among the corporate, scholastic and NGO communities. In a poll conducted during a Sept. 4 Ebola update webinar that included senior decision makers from Fortune 100 companies, NGOs and universities, 85-percent of respondents said they are “extremely” (26-percent) or “somewhat” (59-percent) concerned about Ebola affecting their workforce. Read full blog post »

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