Mid-Year Travel Security Outlook for Western Europe

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The international focus on Western Europe has only intensified over the past half year, with continued concern over the terrorism threat and ongoing attention on the rise of nationalist politics in key countries. The short-term outlook for terrorist activity in Western Europe is bleak, as terrorist groups (primarily ISIS) have displayed not only the desire…

Protracted Qatar Crisis Raises Travel and Business Risks in Gulf Region

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Author: Garrett Khoury Saudi-led Arab states’ demands raise prospects of a prolonged dispute with increasing political and economic risks, including for travelers and businesses. Situational Overview: Three weeks after abruptly severing diplomatic relations with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and its partners issued a list of harsh demands that Qatar must comply with within ten days or…

Bleisure and Travel Risk Management: 8 Important Considerations for Employers

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Thanks to the rising trend of ‘bleisure,’ more and more employees are looking to incorporate leisure into their business trips. In fact, according to a recent study released by the GBTA, over one-third of North American business travelers extended a work trip for leisure, with the most common reasons being to visit a destination of…

What Is an Emergency Action Plan and Why Does Your Organization Need One?

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Before an organization sends travelers overseas, it is essential to have disaster and emergency response protocols in place. When travelers are involved in a crisis, a number of organizational decisions are necessary to help ensure an appropriate response is carried out in a timely and effective manner. This becomes even more vital when travelers are…

Traveling With Pets: How to Plan for the Unexpected

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Anyone who travels frequently knows all too well that leaving a four-legged pal at home can be difficult. Aside from finding credible sitters and boarding facilities, the guilt factor alone can make travel less enjoyable for many pet parents—and for those planning longer-term stays, it may actually be more cost effective to bring Fluffy along…

On Call in Action: Pre-Trip Assessment for Colombia

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On Call International helps organizations and their travelers take a proactive and holistic approach to not only managing emergencies when they arise—but also planning for and even preventing them before they happen. Tune in each month to see how On Call International helps with travel problems, big and small, every day: This Month: A non-profit…

How to Align International Medical Insurance With Your Organization’s Travel Risk Management Strategy

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Overseeing your organization’s travel risk management policies and procedures can be a challenging task. In addition to managing your travelers’ well-being and complying with duty of care regulations, you may also be responsible for helping to limit your organization’s financial exposure. That’s why aligning your organization’s risk management and insurance initiatives can be an effective…

Considerations for Organizations Operating in High-Risk Environments: Part 2

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When operating in high-risk environments, organizations must consider an array of variables that may not pose an appreciable threat in other lower-risk locations. In this two-part blog post, Global Security Specialists Nicholas D’Intino and Raynold Lyngdoh share common issues that can help facilitate discussions within organizations such as corporations, academic institutions, nonprofits and NGOs conducting…

Considerations for Organizations Operating in High-Risk Environments: Part 1

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While there are basic safety precautions that should be considered and exercised no matter where a traveler is headed, destinations designated as ‘high-risk environments’ require even more research and planning before an organization commits to sending its travelers to these locations. Acquiring and utilizing such information appropriately allows an organization to meet one component of…

Your Organization’s Guide to Implementing a Proactive Online Risk Management Strategy

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In today’s complex global landscape, having the ability to identify, locate and communicate with your travelers during a crisis is critical to not only keeping them safe—but also meeting your  organization’s duty of care. But when your travelers and expats are spread all around the world, this level of proactive and continuous oversight can be…