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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


Updated travel risk policy


Introduced pre-trip advisory emails


Implemented travel safety training


Implemented programs to locate travelers


Provided pre-travel health programs


Invested in crisis communication systems


Enforced use of mobile check in


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

Educating employees about travel risks


Communicating during a crisis


Tracking employee travel


Confirming that employees have read pre-travel information


Travel risk policy compliance


Managing a crisis


Business continuity planning


Implementing a travel risk policy


Confirming that employees have taken travel risk training


Understanding legal obligations to travelers


Management buy-in of travel risk policy


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

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