Meetings and Events: Plan with Duty of Care in Mind

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As we look forward to warmer weather, meeting and events planners are looking forward to the busy spring and summer season packed with conferences, retreats and gatherings. These come in all shapes and sizes and locations around the world. Read full blog post »

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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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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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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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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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Briefing: Tools and Knowledge on Medical and Security Evacuations

Recent research shows that when it comes to letting travelers know about the policies, procedures and resources that are in place to protect their safety and well-being, most (44-percent) who are in charge of these programs said they only communicate this information once a year. Read full blog post »

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A Focus on Southeast Asia: Common Tripwires to Avoid

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Typhoons. A coup and social unrest in Thailand. New and emerging threats in Myanmar. Travel security issues in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines continue due to crime, social unrest, and terrorism. These are just a handful of the issues facing not only international travelers, but the organizations that are sending representatives to these areas. Read full blog post »

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