£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

£2.3million immigration hall upgrade plans at Bristol Airport

Monday, 24 October 2016 14:00

Following ...

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen Z with new Geckos age-range

Intrepid targets socially conscious Gen …

Monday, 24 October 2016 11:00

30 year olds will be ‘too old’ for Geckos Adventures next year, as the Intrepid Group has announced that it will cut the age range to meet a growing demand...

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits manage to wangle an upgrade

New survey reveals just one in 12 Brits …

Monday, 24 October 2016 08:40

New research from Jetcost.co.uk has revealed that only 8% of British travellers have actually managed to secure a free upgrade for their holiday, with flight upgrades and hotel room upgrades...

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo expe…

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You has announced its largest investment to support the travel trade with the launch of 200 joint marketing events to promote solo travel.

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...

There was once a time that the only companies who trained their employees on travel safety and security (or who even had a travel security policy) were those who operated in the so-called ‘high risk’ industries or areas – work such as manufacturing, construction, mining, drilling, or defence in places such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq or Papua New Guinea.

However, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace’s recently released Global Peace Index (GPI) report, while Europe remains the world’s most peaceful geographical region, its average score has gone down as a result of recent terrorism incidents in Paris and Brussels, as well as an increase in conflict and instability in countries such as Ukraine and Turkey (now both ranked within the top twenty “most dangerous” countries).

Meanwhile, France and Germany are ranked amongst the “most peaceful” countries (#118 and #148 respectively), yet there is a high level of uncertainty and worry about the likelihood of future insecurity or violence.

Furthermore, data from travel assistance companies suggests that violence is not even the biggest threat to travellers: the top risks facing business travellers are in fact petty non-violent crime, road traffic accidents, and food poisoning.

Given these facts, it seems unrealistic that certain companies can continue to endorse travel safety and security policies based on a simple “High vs Low Country-Risk” paradigm.

These top three traveller risks that can affect anyone, anywhere:

Top Risk #1 – Petty (Non-Violent) Crime

Travellers are particularly vulnerable to this threat as they are often specifically targeted - especially female travellers, young-looking travellers or older-looking travellers, as these groups are perceived as ‘easier targets’.

Europe may be a ‘peaceful’ destination, but Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Prague and Rome all regularly top the charts for incidents of petty crime and scams.

Simple precautions can be taken to help mitigate the risk of being targeted. These include keeping valuables out of sight or ideally leaving them at home, dressing to blend in, and only using high-value items such as laptops in secured environments such as banks, departure lounges or access-controlled offices.

In addition knowing what to do in the event of being targeted is also essential, such as understanding the strengths and limitations of local law enforcement agencies, how to contact your local embassy, or the importance of keeping copies of essential documents such as passports.

Top Risk #2 – Road Traffic Accidents

Whether driving yourself, or as a passenger in a taxi or corporate car, the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident is often higher when travelling than at home, and the emergency response services may not be of the same standard that you would expect in your home country.

Did you know that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are more fatalities on the road in China alone than in all of Africa put together? Or that while Nepal is a popular destination for those wanting a glimpse of the Himalayas, and thousands of visitors flock to Jordan wander around the UNESCO site of Petra, there are more road fatalities per 100,000 motor vehicles in those countries than there are in Iraq?

Travellers need to know what precautions to take, and what to do if they are involved in an accident. Simple check lists before getting in a vehicle in relation to the condition of the vehicle, demeanour of the driver, clear display of appropriate licences and registration, and most importantly working seatbelts, can help mitigate any potential risks, whilst knowing how to react in the event of an accident (the pros and cons of staying in the vehicle vs leaving it in the event of an accident, how reliable the emergency services are likely to be, basic first aid response) are all essential.

Top Risk #3 – Food Poisoning

Whether it’s the result of unhygienic preparation or unfamiliar cuisine, food poisoning can completely ruin a trip in more ways than one.

The WHO estimated that there were 582 million cases of food-borne diseases worldwide in 2010 - meaning about one in 12 of the global population was affected.

The most common causes of food poisoning are E. Coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria, found in beef, seeded vegetables, fruit, eggs, chicken, pork, and dairy. Do your employees know the ‘Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it?’ mantra? If not, they should.


These risks may not be particularly exciting, which is why they won’t grab the headlines in the way that certain others do, and very few movie directors are going to be knocking on doors for the rights to a movie about an HR employee who has his wallet lifted in Barcelona or a PR executive who is involved in a fender bender in Dubai. But these are real-world risks that travellers are most likely to face, and while they may not be life-changing or Hollywood-worthy, in the best-case scenario they can still be a major source of stress, anxiety, upset, and inconvenience, and in the worst-case scenario they can lead to much more serious consequences if not handled appropriately.

If your employees are travelling on behalf of your company, your duty of care is an obligation to ensure their safety and well-being in any and every destination and situation: training travellers to anticipate and mitigate the risks they may face - whether in Angola or Algeria, Prague or Paris, India or Indonesia - helps fulfil part of that obligation.

Visit betravelwise.com for more information.

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