Key Travel will shortly publish a White Paper, supported by USHA, that encourages organisations within the academic sector to adopt a robust travel risk management programme.
The paper ‘Managing risk – Why, when, how?’ is a call to action and urges academic organisations to adopt a risk policy to support people who are travelling in the UK or further afield.
Risks could include anything from extreme weather to road accidents. The paper highlights the need to assess and mitigate these kinds of risks for travellers specifically in the academic sector, with pre and post-trip best practice provided by a range of experts.
Facts and Figures
According to survey results published in the paper, the five key factors that affected decisions to travel between 2014 and 2015 were Ebola, terrorist activity, political unrest, natural disaster and risks specific to lone female travellers.
Nearly a quarter of 1,500 survey respondents or their colleagues said they had been overseas when a serious incident happened in a location to which they were travelling.
While 26% of travellers felt global incidents and crises impacted the sense of security they felt when travelling, 43% were travelling less frequently or to different locations as a direct result.
Supporting your travel risk management programmes
Key Travel has been supporting the safety and wellbeing of travellers for over 30 years and continues to invest in the development of support services in this area. The paper coincides with the launch of Amadeus Mobile Messenger – a tracking, destination information, alert and communication tool. Key Travel is also developing a new risk tool with International SOS who offer 24-hour emergency telephone medical support, pre-trip training, risk tracking and planning resources.
Key Travel will be demonstrating both of these new tools at the HE & FE show. Visit us on stand 252 to find out more or for further information.