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(Don’t) travel at your own risk

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Medical and security specialists International SOS and Control Risks have launched the Travel Risk Map for 2017 to help organisations mitigate travel risk efforts.

Said Rob Walker, security specialist at International SOS and Control Risks, "Events of 2016 have resulted in a sense of increasing challenges in travel to places once thought secure. While risks are changing, organisations must ensure their actions to mitigate those changes are proportionate, and based on reality and not perception. 

"Issues like healthcare provision and road safety, which account for over 70% of the assistance services we have provided in the past year, can often be obscured by more prominent, but less likely issues. With many organisations increasing their business travel activity, it is essential for decision-makers to be able to communicate that objective advice to their people, including in an actual crisis."

The Travel Risk Map 2017 is launched alongside a comprehensive Ipsos MORI survey of over 1,000 business decision-makers, responsible for their organisation's travel risk mitigation in 75 countries, representing in excess of 500,000 travellers globally.
Despite an increased perception of risk (72% of respondents), 44% reported a rise in business travel activity in the past year and over half expect further increase in 2017.

Almost half of respondents (48%) say their organisations investment in travel risk mitigation has increased over the past year, and 47% believe this will increase further in the coming year.  

The top risk mitigation activities include reinforced travel security measures, updated travel risk policy and introduced pre-trip advisory emails. 

Greatest challenges in mitigating travel risks according to business decision-makers include educating employees about travel risks, communicating during a crisis and tracking employee travel.

On a global level, the top concerns of security risks are potential terror attacks (71%), followed by the Zika virus (49%) and civil unrest (46%).  

International SOS and Control Risks will host webinars based on the key global issues and emerging trends in December 2016. The webinars are open to the public and you can register here.