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…

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…

7 Steps for Creating a Pre-Travel Emergency Plan

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Anyone involved in their organization’s travel risk management (TRM) strategy knows that taking a proactive approach to emergency planning isn’t always easy. However, without clearly-defined processes before travel takes place, your organization could miss important details–details that could potentially lead to duty of care oversights and worst of all, hinder the health and safety 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…

Post Trip Debrief: Travel Security Consultation in Haiti

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As part of our consulting services, On Call can provide in-country site security assessments. In this post, I’ll be having a discussion with On Call Global Security Specialist Ben Longworth, who recently completed one of these site assessments in Haiti. Ben will discuss his experiences in Haiti and share best practices for organizations operating in…

The Best Cities for Business Travel [Infographic]

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Which U.S. cities are best equipped for hosting productive, seamless business travel experiences for your mobile workforce? It’s certainly a question worth asking in today’s “always-on” work environment. Clients and other key stakeholders may not always be sympathetic when it comes to missed meetings or late deliverables—this makes staying connected while avoiding major obstacles like…

Top Trends in Study Abroad (And What They Could Mean for Your Institution)

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If you’re responsible for international risk management at your college or university, you’re probably familiar with the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s 2016 Open Doors Report. An informational reference published annually in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the report covers an abundance of trends and developments in…