ALEXANDRIA, Va.--()--As worldwide economic and political situations remain volatile, the issue of traveler safety and security continues to be an ongoing challenge for travel managers. Add in the increasing frequency and rising strength of natural disasters and corporations are seeing increasing pressure to ensure their duty-of-care standards are as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible.
To take the pulse of the current state of risk management efforts, AirPlus surveyed 133 corporate travel buyers this summer.
While natural disasters can’t be anticipated—and political unrest can spring up quickly even in unlikely destinations—the most common measures reported by the corporate travel professionals centered around risk mitigation to high-risk areas.
Nearly 61 percent reported the use of pre-trip advisories to high-risk areas—almost a 20-percent jump from a similar survey in 2011, when only 41 percent of travel managers said such advisories were part of their safety and security policy.
In other areas of policy, significant numbers of travel managers reporting standard procedures for travel managers in case of travel disruption (46 percent), standard procedures for travelers in case of travel disruption (45 percent) and travel management assessing travel conditions (45 percent).
Additionally, travel buyers were surveyed about:
- Safety training and third party security contracts
- Emergency procedures
- Traveler tracking and mobile technology
- Policy oversight
For more details, including a complimentary PDF of the full survey results, please visit the AirPlus Community.
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