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A comprehensive Ipsos MORI survey of over 1,000 business decision-makers responsible for their organization's travel risk mitigation has looked at trends and attitudes to this enterprise risk.

Despite an increased perception of risk (72 percent of respondents), 44 percent reported a rise in business travel activity in the past year and over half expect further increase in 2017. Almost half of respondents (48 percent) say their organizations investment in travel risk mitigation has increased over the past year, and 47 percent believe this will increase further in the coming year. 

The top risk mitigation activities were:


Reinforced travel security measures

50%

Updated travel risk policy

45%

Introduced pre-trip advisory emails

39%

Implemented travel safety training

32%

Implemented programs to locate travelers

25%

Provided pre-travel health programs

22%

Invested in crisis communication systems

20%

Enforced use of mobile check in

15%

Business decision-makers report the greatest challenges in mitigating travel risks are:

Educating employees about travel risks

49%

Communicating during a crisis

47%

Tracking employee travel

42%

Confirming that employees have read pre-travel information

37%

Travel risk policy compliance

31%

Managing a crisis

31%

Business continuity planning

23%

Implementing a travel risk policy

23%

Confirming that employees have taken travel risk training

23%

Understanding legal obligations to travelers

22%

Management buy-in of travel risk policy

18%

Dominating concerns on a global level are potential terror attacks (71 percent), followed by the Zika virus (49 percent) and civil unrest (46 percent), with inadequate healthcare and road accidents both at 15 percent.  However, these lesser considered, but more common, issues should also be taken seriously.

The results of the Ipsos MORI survey were released by International SOS and Control Risks during the launch of their Travel Risk Map for 2017.  Providing a comprehensive overview of risks by destination, the Travel Risk Map helps organizations and their mobile workforce in their travel risk mitigation efforts.

Learn more about Travel Risk Map 2017 and view the map online at https://www.internationalsos.com/travelriskmap


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