Risk mitigation plans necessary for corporate travelers

Posted on Aug 19, 2014

Corporate travel is increasing around the world, and more companies are responsible for thousands of employees going to foreign countries for work purposes. With political tensions in Russia, Ukraine, Iraq and Libya, as well as Ebola outbreaks in Africa, there are many destinations that pose an increased risk for business travelers.

With security increasing in global travel businesses have to have a risk mitigation plan ready

Companies have to make sure they're one step ahead and plan for any incidents that could happen when a corporate traveler is in or arriving to a new country for business, Skift, a travel industry company, reported. Changes in hotels, business meeting locations and planned dinners could have workers wandering in foreign areas without awareness on possible surrounding incidents.

Airlines being much more careful

It's up to businesses to protect workers and to provide critical information instantly in case there ever was a nearby incident that could put employees in harm's way. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported many airlines are taking additional precautions and taking risk assessment into their own hands to make sure passengers feel safe and to avoid negligence claims. 

"Most airlines have security departments that try to evaluate those sorts of risk," said William Waldock, a professor of safety science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, according to CBC. "Some do it better than others, but I would expect that everyone is on a very heightened sense of alert right now."

Plane crashes and disasters down despite public perception

With two separate major incidents surrounding Malaysian Airlines, travelers are increasingly concerned about the risks of disasters with numerous companies. However, even though the public perception is that it's more risky to fly now than ever, data from Plane Crash Info showed there are fewer crashes now than ever before.

The statistics for planes that hold more than 18 passengers show that there were between 25 and 35 major airline disasters a year during the 1960s and '70s, the source reported. However, the last time there were more than 20 crashes in a year was 1997, and the previous big year for crashes was 1989 with 32 incidents.

But numbers in 2013 show there were only two major plane disasters with the emergency landing jet in the San Francisco airport and the plane that crashed into the ocean in Indonesia, CBC reported.

While air travel has become safer, businesses still need to be diligent in taking steps to protect corporate travelers once they have arrived to their destinations.

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