New interactive global map simplifies travel risk planning

2015-12-09 14:10
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Cape Town -  A new map showing medical and travel security risks by country is the ultimate travel preparation tool for travellers concerned about the risks associated with the destinations they plan to visit.

Compiled by International SOS, their research indicates that 80% of travellers are concerned about safety abroad when travelling, yet less than half research security issues before their trip - and despite an alarming 71% of senior executive travellers having actual medical problems abroad, a paltry 15% do any sort of healthcare assessment beforehand.

The new Travel Risk Map 2016 is aimed at helping organisations and travellers better understand the risk.

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While SOS International has been publishing a Health Risk Map since 2010, this year's edition now includes travel security risk ratings - the result is a comprehensive overview of risks by destination. 

Rob Walker, Head of Information and Analysis at International SOS and Control Risks says countries with high medical risks might have security risk on an entirely different level, highlighting the complexities faced when preparing to travel abroad.

A recent Ipsos Global Advisor study also found that while 8 in 10 travellers have felt their personal safety could be threatened while abroad, less than 4 in 10 travellers research crime at destination, neighbourhoods to avoid, safety standards of public transport, or security features of their accommodation before they travel.

Dr Charl Van Loggerenberg, Regional Medical Director, Southern Africa says, 'The reality is there are risks everywhere in the world. Understanding what those risks are, and then taking appropriate precautions is the best way to support your staff, enable business growth and deliver on duty of care.” 

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