Travel Emergency Planning: 7 Strategies for Creating a Resilient Organization

All organizations, no matter their size or scope, will at some point face a crisis situation. However, when a crisis develops overseas, responding and recovering can prove even more challenging, especially with unique, unfamiliar challenges outside the organization’s familiar environment. Achieving resiliency is often what organizations set out to accomplish when developing or revising their…

Female Traveler Safety in Muslim Countries

Author: Betsy Perry Female travel to Muslim countries is on the rise as businesses invest in the region and more higher education institutions support study abroad programs.  To help keep female travelers safe, it’s important to prepare them for the specific security concerns and cultural differences they may encounter. Share this information with your female travelers…

Part Three: Long Term Considerations: Operating in the Korean Peninsula Region

As stated in part 1 and part 2, at this time, based on indicators from the immediate region and geo-political considerations, there is a very low probability of an imminent full-scale military war in the Korean Peninsula Region. Nevertheless, a practical travel and security risk management plan would look beyond high-profile events and geopolitical rhetoric….

Part Two: Short-Term Indicators and Considerations in the Korean Peninsula: Winter Olympics in South Korea

North Korea is likely to continue to issue aggressive statements against any further imposed sanctions and perceived military posturing by the US and allies in the region. Weapons and further nuclear tests in the eastern coast of the country are also possible, but these are likely to remain symbolic acts rather than a show of…

Part One: Korean Peninsula – Of Practical Risk Management and Appropriate Duty of Care

“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K. – North Korea) has carried out its seventh nuclear test in response to the latest round of sanctions and military posturing by the United States of America (U.S.) and its allies.” While this is a fiction statement, given the recent progress of the North Korean military missile and…

Minimizing Travel Risk Exposure: Situational Awareness and Surviving Violent Events Abroad

Situational Awareness and Surviving Violent Events Abroad

Given the current security outlook for Western Europe and recent terrorist trend of targeting public venues, there is a growing need for all travelers—not just those headed to high risk environments—to understand safe travel behaviors and extreme event survival tactics. Most recently, the attacks in Spain reconfirmed the need to properly prepare travelers before they…

Travel Risk May Not Be Your Only Risk Overseas: How Are You Protecting Your Supply Chains?

Protecting Your Supply Chains

Author: Benjamin Longworth While developing a travel risk management program is critical, organizations should also consider alternative global and domestic risks that can affect their people, assets, profits, and reputation. When organizations evaluate their supply chain risk, many tend to focus internally rather than on global threats with severe and long-term disruption implications. While some organizations…

Terrorism in Western Europe & Its Implications for Your Travelers

Europe security outlook

While the terrorism threat in Western Europe is real, it’s important to understand the context of this threat, how it affects your travel risk management strategy, and any implications to your overall duty of care. To help you do just that, our webinar, Terrorism in Western Europe & Its Implications for Your Travelers, provides unique…

Mid-Year Travel Security Outlook for Western Europe

Travel Security

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

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…