Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You h...

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

Savings on worldwide adventures with Exp…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

New route to Seattle makes it one to wat…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplement fares

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplemen…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:02

Oceania Cruises has launched a reduced single supplement promotion for solo travellers, with guests offered single supplements fares from 25% on seven itineraries, booked before December 31.

Mall of America welcomes arrival of MythBusters

Mall of America welcomes arrival of Myth…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:00

Running throughout autumn until January 15, 2017, visitors can ignite their curiosity and discover whether they can really huff and puff to blow a house down; if running in the...

Emirates to launch new daily service to Fort Lauderdale

Emirates to launch new daily service to …

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:00

Emirates has announced that it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and...

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-Roads Touring

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-R…

Monday, 17 October 2016 08:42

Small group tour specialist Back-Roads Touring has launched its summer 2017 brochure to reveal a unique line up of new itineraries in Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, France, Iberia and Russia.

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in 2017

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in …

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:16

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced five star-studded cruises for 2017 following the arrival of its new main brochure.

Non-stop flights to Manchester from SIA

Non-stop flights to Manchester from SIA

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:11

Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop between Singapore and Manchester from October 30 as part of its northern winter schedule.

Business travel is increasing in range and frequency, as companies seek new markets and lower production costs in ever more remote places.

A recent study published by the GBTA Foundation, “Global Business Travel Spending Outlook for 2011-2015,” shows that compound annual growth in business travel spending in emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India and China, is projected to grow two to three times faster than in developed economies. While travel is on the upswing, companies realise that these destinations can carry significant travel risk. In International SOS’ 2011 Duty of Care and Travel Risk Management Global Benchmarking Survey, 628 participants perceived the BRICs among the 25 most dangerous countries worldwide.

The International SOS study also found that 95% of organisations send international travellers on business trips to perceived high risk or “dangerous” locations. Furthermore, 70% of companies have international assignees in those areas.

When rating the risk level of a country, organisations often assess the threats to travellers and expatriates according to a variety of factors: social unrest and crime, health and transportation infrastructure, natural disasters, endemic diseases and the effectiveness of emergency services. But risk ratings are only part of the equation. With higher risk markets becoming some of the most common business travel destinations, organisations need to determine practical ways to mitigate risk. Good travel risk management encompasses corporate travel governance and policy along with processes to assess travel risk, pre-travel education programmes, tracking employee travel and emergency response measures.

If we take the BRICs as a case in point, what should business travellers be aware of when heading to higher risk destinations?

India is an attractive destination for organisations looking to expand their operations. However, despite increased economic activities and promising opportunities, civil unrest remains an issue in some areas of India. There is also a complex business environment in place, where policies and infrastructure are the domain of individual states, which pose challenges for organisations and their mobile workforces. While threats vary by region, they include crime, traffic safety, terrorism, social unrest and insurgency.

From a medical perspective, there is a relatively high infectious disease risk throughout the country, ranging from travellers’ diarrhoea through to malaria and encephalitis. Rabies is also common. The standard of medical care is highly variable with quality care available in some facilities in the major cities.

China continues to be an attractive destination for organisations looking to expand their operations in a rapidly-growing consumer market. Despite robust economic activities and promising opportunities, the country’s sheer size, cultural diversity and complex business environment pose unique challenges for organisations and their mobile workforce.

Generally, travel into the major cities of China has the same security and safety threats found in most major cities globally. The differentiator is that the level of security assistance available is often much lower than travellers expect. Travel outside of major cities and into remote areas further reduces the level of assistance available and increases the time of an effective response.

Overall, the medical risk of infectious diseases is high. Gastrointestinal infections are common, while malaria and Japanese Encephalitis are present in some areas of the country. Outbreaks of plague occur annually in rural areas.

The largest country in the world, Russia is gaining importance in foreign investment, especially in the mining, agricultural and manufacturing sectors.

The risks associated with travel to the major cities in Russia are slightly higher than in most Western European cities. Security assistance is sometimes poorer than expected and English isn’t widely spoken or understood. Travel security risks are highest in the North Caucasus. Organisations doing business in this area should be aware of the high risks associated with an on-going insurgency, counter-terrorism operations, poor infrastructure and lack of security support.

From a medical point of view: prior to travel, ensure your routine vaccinations are up to date and have a polio booster. Depending on your itinerary and activities, other vaccinations such as Hepatitis, typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, rabies, and tickborne encephalitis might be recommended.

With fast-growing mining and energy opportunities, Brazil is an attractive location for multi-national companies. The upcoming World Cup and Olympics place this South American nation firmly in the spotlight.

The three primary travel security risks in Brazil are connected to crime, traffic safety and social unrest. A lack of familiarity and knowledge of the environment in Brazil makes a traveller or expatriate vulnerable to petty and opportunistic crime. It is important to obtain information about Brazil before arriving to understand the risks and how best to mitigate them. Once in Brazil, it is best to always monitor and remain abreast of the issues in your locality.

Infectious disease risks include malaria and yellow fever. Although vaccination against yellow fever isn’t required to enter Brazil, it may be recommended depending on your itinerary. In addition, after leaving Brazil, some countries require a current yellow fever vaccination certificate in order to gain entry. The standard of medical care varies -- excellent care can be found in the major cities but can be limited elsewhere

In summary, regardless of destination and apart from having robust risk management plan in place, companies have to ensure that they provide comprehensive travel security training and advice to their employees. They also need to have emergency response systems to communicate with travellers and help them if they get into trouble. Business travel is here to stay and companies have a duty of care to implement best practices when it comes to reducing travel risks for their global workforce.

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