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High-risk travel - Dangerous territory?

Anne-Marie Fast

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In the latest issue of Business Travel News Europe, Gary Noakes explores how travelling in high-risk destinations requires more stringent protocols, preparation, and on-trip support. He discusses the issue with industry experts including Anvil's Group Managing Director, Matthew Judge.

In a post pandemic world, almost any destination could potentially be classed as high-risk, with the risk of travellers being stranded and finding local medical facilities overwhelmed.

In more stereotypical high-risk zones, additional socio-economic stressors and pressures resulting from the pandemic may have also exacerbated existing risks, meaning even more precautions need to be taken by organisations sending their people into these regions.

"It doesn't follow that a high-risk country is typically a war-torn region or a horrific environment," states Matthew Judge and goes on to explain that organisations have a duty of care to protect their personnel, wherever they may be.

Duty of care has had an added impetus since the publication of the recent ISO 31030 travel risk management guidance. This provides clear advice about prevention, mitigation strategies and hazard identification. “The standard becomes a new baseline and lays down how travel risk management should be managed,” explains Judge. “There's now a strong balance between proactive and reactive. Traditionally, most organisations were very reactive. That simply doesn't cut it anymore.”

Luckily, most business travel is trouble free and does not involve individuals being caught up terrorism, natural disasters or other worst-case scenarios. "Although major incidents do occur, most of the cases we deal with are people falling ill, losing their documentation or having their travel plans disrupted. Major security issues are thankfully quite rare," states Judge. "Crisis management teams still have a role to play in these incidences though, as travellers may end up on their own in a foreign hospital, or unsure of their surroundings, and can feel quite vulnerable."

Read the full article here – https://btneurope.texterity.com/btneurope/novdec_2021/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=32#pg32

For further information on the new ISO 31030 standard, speak to one of our experienced team directly on +44 (0)20 7938 4221 or via enquiries@anvilgroup.com