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 »

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South Sudan – When Can Organizations Return?

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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 »

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Tips for a Busy Holiday Season

International holiday travel this year is expected to be busier and more challenging than in 2012. There’s a lot happening out there, with events in Ukraine and Bangladesh, smog in China, MERS CoV in the middleeast and even several early snowfalls in the Northeastern United States. To help you minimize the risks that come with travel disruptions, we’ve come up with some common-sense guidelines you can use to have an enjoyable experience—and avoid headaches. As always, advance preparation can make the difference between a satisfying trip and one filled with inconveniences or worse. I’d encourage you to also share these tips with your employees who are traveling for business and leisure.
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Bangladesh: Watching the Situation Unfold

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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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A Focus on Russia: Common Tripwires to Avoid as the Winter Games Approach

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With the 2014 Winter Games fast approaching, the international spotlight is on Sochi, prompting travelers to consider the main risks associated with travel to a Russian region bordering Georgia’s separatist region of Abkhazia – which is under the de facto control of Russia – and the troubled North Caucasus. Read full blog post »

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With Confederations Cup in the Rear-View, Brazil Looks to the World Cup

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The 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil had been anticipated as a full dress rehearsal for next year’s World Cup. But was it? What lessons were learned that will allow international visitors to have an easier time next summer? Read full blog post »

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A Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa: Common Tripwires to Avoid

The Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa from the International Monetary Fund paints a fairly rosy projection for Sub-Saharan Africa. It predicts a moderate, broad-based acceleration in growth to around 5½ percent in 2013-14. It also notes that investment in export-oriented sectors remains an important economic driver and that an agricultural rebound in drought-affected areas will help growth. Read full blog post »

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