Catastrophic natural disasters, horrific terrorist attacks, and worrying medical crises took home all the news last year, underscoring travel risk management strategy as a major point of emphasis for businesses in 2018.
The recent surge of yellow fever cases in South America has become a headache for business travelers. Travel managers must stay well informed about new immunization requirements being imposed by certain countries in the region. Travelers may have boarding or immigration entry denied if they do not comply with these new yellow fever requirements.
A conference in Hong Kong. A business deal in Buenos Aires. Expanding operations to Sydney. The current business climate has made every company a global company. But with this global economy comes a need for services on a global scale, ones that are able to perform whether at 2PM or 2AM. When it comes to managing business travel, a 9-to-5 business hour mentality is no longer feasible. Travel Managers sleep easier knowing their employees have someone reliable to call when their flight gets cancelled in the middle of the night and they are stranded in another continent.
On Sunday, September 24th, the Trump administration announced new, permanent restrictions on travel from 8 countries. An updated version of the travel ban signed earlier this year maintains the ban on 5 countries from the previous list, and adds 3 new countries: North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela. Sudan, included in the previous travel ban, is having its restrictions lifted immediately.
As we move towards an increasingly globalised world, organizations are travelling to more diverse locations than ever. Against a backdrop of heightened risk exposure in seemingly safe cities, one thing is clear; business must continue. To support business enablement, travel management companies now play an integral role in ensuring risk mitigation is in place.