Monthly Risk Spotlight: December

Author: On Call International’s Global Security Team On Call International’s Monthly Risk Spotlight highlights events of heightened importance in assessing risk to travel and operations abroad. AMERICAS Deadly Incidents Demonstrate Lack of Rule in Mexico A fierce gun battle in Culiacán in October and a deadly massacre in rural Sonora in early November laid bare…

Monthly Risk Spotlight: November

On Call International’s Monthly Risk Spotlight highlights events of heightened importance in assessing risk to travel and operations abroad. Asia Pacific Indonesia: Student Protests Raise Concerns Over the Erosion of Civil Rights and Democratic Accountability In September 2019, the largest student demonstrations in the last two decades in Indonesia exposed social and political fault lines…

Dating Apps and Travel: Safety Advice & Considerations

Author: Peter Barth Dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge are increasingly more popular, including amongst travelers. Users report that in addition to facilitating dates in unfamiliar places, these apps can be an excellent way to become more familiar with their destinations. Risk managers and travel administrators should take the popularity of dating apps into…

Monthly Risk Spotlight: October

On Call International’s Monthly Risk Spotlight highlights events of heightened importance in assessing risk to travel and operations abroad. Asia Pacific  Indonesia Grapples With the Economic and Health-related Fall-outs of Massive Forest Fires Toxic smog resulting from forest fires on a greater than usual scale engulfed the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore…

Monthly Risk Spotlight: September

On Call International’s Monthly Risk Spotlight highlights events of heightened importance in assessing risk to travel and operations abroad. Asia Pacific Hong Kong: Protests in Hong Kong Show No Sign of Abating: Will China Intervene? The twelve weeks of protests in Hong Kong are starting to have a significant impact on both business and travel…

Monthly Risk Spotlight: August

On Call International’s Monthly Risk Spotlight highlights events of heightened importance in assessing risk to travel and operations abroad. Asia Pacific  China’s Oppressive “Surveillance State” in Xinjiang Province At the session of the UN Human Rights Council in July 2019, ambassadors of 22 countries joined in drafting a letter to express concern about China’s human…

Monthly Risk Spotlight: July

On Call International’s Monthly Risk Spotlight highlights events of heightened importance in assessing risk to travel and operations abroad. Sub-Saharan Africa Ebola Spreads to Neighboring Uganda From DRC Two cases of deaths due to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) were reported in Uganda in mid-June. Ever since the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo…

Monthly Risk Spotlight: June

On Call International’s Monthly Risk Spotlight highlights events of heightened importance in assessing risk to travel and operations abroad. Sub-Saharan Africa Recent Attacks in Benin and Burkina Faso Increase Instability in the Sahel Region In the past few months, terrorism in the Sahel region (mainly Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali) has increased, putting the…

Monthly Risk Spotlight: May

On Call International’s Monthly Risk Spotlight highlights events of heightened importance in assessing risk to travel and operations abroad. Sub-Saharan Africa Sudan – Political Uncertainty: The Way Forward The Sudanese socio-economic crisis that began in December 2018 culminated into a full-fledged political crisis on 11 April 2019 when the Sudanese military ousted President Omar al-Bashir….

App-Based Homestay Services: Risk Mitigation Strategies

Author: Peter Barth When staying in foreign countries, travelers are increasingly turning to alternative forms of accommodations. App-based homestay services like Airbnb and VRBO are increasingly popular alternatives to hotels, especially for travelers operating on tighter budgets and those seeking a more immersive, cultural experience. Despite their popularity, many of these homestay accommodations do not…