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…

Advice for Protecting Your Travelers From Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

The Zika virus was a trending topic last year, with many Americans cancelling trips abroad due to the outbreak. According to our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Siegart, “Zika is still a big concern and organizations should continue to have an open dialogue with travelers regarding the disease.” “Despite the significant media coverage the Zika virus…

Yellow Fever and Travel: FAQs and Preventative Advice

Yellow fever, a virus endemic to numerous tropical regions in Africa and South America, has been a topic of discussion in the travel sphere since the CDC issued an Alert – Level 2. According to our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. William Siegart, “Since the Brazilian Ministry of Health reported an outbreak of yellow fever beginning…

Football’s Championship Game in Houston: Travel Safety Considerations & Advice

The Big Game is almost here! One of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, Football’s Championship Game will be played in the Houston Texans’ home stadium on February 5, 2017. Are your travelers prepared for a safe trip? Our security team has some important safety considerations and advice for organizations and their travelers…

A Look Back: Top Travel Headlines of 2016

2016 has certainly been an eventful year to say the least. From the rise of eco-tourism and commercial flights to Cuba from the U.S., to the devastating attacks across the world, we’ve certainly had our share of ups and downs in the travel sphere. How many of these events affected your travel plans this year?…

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Summer Games in Rio: Tips for a Safe & Healthy Trip

Rio and its residents are preparing for hundreds of thousands of visitors in addition to thousands of athletes, staff and media for the Games this summer. The energy and excitement of this many people at a major sporting event certainly makes for a great atmosphere, but it also opens up some health and safety concerns….

Brexit: How it Could Affect Your Travelers

With the summer travel season already underway, many people and their organizations are wondering how the U.K.’s departure from the European Union will impact U.S. travelers headed overseas. Our European Security Analyst, Nick D’Intino, shares a breakdown of the situation, including how “Brexit” could affect travel, transit and global security both in the short and…

Airport Security: ‘New World’ Considerations for Your Travelers

In the wake of tragic recent events like the Istanbul and Brussels airport attacks, airport security is a real—and valid—concern for organizations and their travelers. According to our Chief Security Officer, Jim Hutton, “These attacks will continue to impact the way we look at airport security; and correspondingly, risk professionals need to be imaginative about…

The Games in Rio: Travel Health & Safety Advice

With the Games in Rio just weeks away, our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Wheeler, and our Chief Security Officer, Jim Hutton, are sharing the following information with your travelers for a safer and healthier trip. Mosquito-Borne Illnesses: Pregnant women are advised to postpone travel to Rio due to the Zika virus, which can be transferred from…

LGBT Safety: Advice for Study Abroad Students and Their Institutions

Post last updated on 8/22/2016. Preparing for a study abroad program can be both exciting and overwhelming—and for the members of the LGBT community, there may be some unique concerns and challenges as they embark on their international journeys. While most LGBT travelers won’t encounter any issues abroad, the better prepared they are, the less…