India is an attractive destination for organizations expanding their operations into a rapidly-emerging market. The International Monetary Fund predicts India will be the world’s fastest-growing major economy by 2016, surpassing China’s fast growth. But despite increased economic opportunities and promising prospects, cultural and diversity, civil unrest and a complex business environment pose challenges for organizations and their workforces. Register here Read full blog post
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
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
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
The end of the year is always a good time to reflect. It’s also a time to look ahead to what 2013 may hold and a great time to think about Duty of Care and planning for the coming year. Read full blog post
Expatriate or Business Travel; Travel Preparations; Personal Logistical Information; Man-Made or Natural disaster; Corporate vs Client Managed Response Plans; Business Continuity; and Data Protection are only some of the corporate concerns and responsibilities present when preparing employees to travel. I’ll explore these issues further at ASIS in Philadelphia during the session, “Duty of Care: What’s the Security Director’s Role?” on Tuesday, September 11, 1:45 – 3 p.m. Read full blog post
This summer, nearly 1,000 representatives of NGOs gathered in Washington for several days of conferences and seminars. On the minds of many were emergency response plans and risk management and mitigation. Read full blog post
Late this month, the UK kicks off the largest peacetime security operation in the country’s history to ensure an incident-free Summer Olympics, which runs from July 27 through Aug. 12. It’s followed later this summer by the Paralympics, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.
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Being able to pinpoint the location of travelers when an emergency strikes is extremely important. That was especially true for the University of Pennsylvania during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The task of tracking travelers was made easier by our “Global Activities Registry,” a web-based tool that is part of Penn’s plan when it comes to travel assistance.
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When it comes to medical and security issues in India, the lines often overlap. Last week Dr. Vineet Datta, Medical Director, India, International SOS, discussed medical follow-up questions from our “Spotlight on India | Navigating the Barriers,” the second in a four-part webinar series on the BRIC countries. Here are a few questions from attendees with my answers. Read full blog post