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America's Search and Rescue Is in a State of Emergency
America's Search and Rescue Is in a State of Emergency

“Global Rescue... will take charge of orchestrating your evacuation from all kinds of dangerous locations around the planet.”

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Dire safety warnings for tourists heading to Middle East
Dire safety warnings for tourists heading to Middle East

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What’s In & What’s Out In Adventure Travel In 2020
What’s In & What’s Out In Adventure Travel In 2020

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Risk and Rescue
Risk and Rescue

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A former SEAL’s tips on how to survive getting stuck in a blizzard
A former SEAL’s tips on how to survive getting stuck in a blizzard

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The Veterans Behind Global Rescue’s Success
The Veterans Behind Global Rescue’s Success

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Travel industry proving resilient to global crises, with shortened recovery time: WTTC
Travel industry proving resilient to global crises, with shortened recovery time: WTTC

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Update: Study abroad office opts against mandatory evacuation of programs in Chile, offers students options
Update: Study abroad office opts against mandatory evacuation of programs in Chile, offers students options

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Interview: Matthew Napiltonia, Senior Operations Manager for Global Rescue
Interview: Matthew Napiltonia, Senior Operations Manager for Global Rescue

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The Ultimate Guide to Passports & Visas for Africa and Beyond: 10 Questions Answered
The Ultimate Guide to Passports & Visas for Africa and Beyond: 10 Questions Answered

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PRESS RELEASE

“Threats Remain Acute For Westerners In The Middle East” Global Rescue Issue Advisory For U.S. Expats And Travelers In The Region

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“Threats Remain Acute For Westerners In The Middle East”
Global Rescue Issue Advisory For U.S. Expats And Travelers In The Region

Lebanon, N.H. – Attacks and counter-attacks between Iranian and U.S. forces have escalated tensions in the region and put Westerners—particularly U.S. nationals—traveling or working in the Persian Gulf region at risk of retaliatory attacks.

“Leaders of both countries appear to be stepping away from further escalation. Nevertheless, violence directed at Westerners by individuals or groups sympathetic to Iran is possible, particularly in the vicinity of demonstrations. Threats are especially acute for expatriates working for Western transnational companies that have operations in the Middle East, namely Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar,” said Global Rescue CEO Dan Richards.

Global Rescue, the world’s leading medical, security, evacuation, travel risk and crisis management services firm, issued an alert to its members detailing the circumstances, current conditions, anticipated threats, and providing advice to exercise extreme caution.

“If you’re planning to travel to the region you should weigh the risks carefully. If you’re in Iraq, the U.S. Department of State has advised all U.S. citizens to leave. If you’re already in the region outside of Iraq then you should ensure you have functional communications, avoid traveling alone, keep a low profile, stay away from all protests and demonstrations to minimize the risk of exposure to incidental violence, and if you encounter unrest then exit the area as quickly as possible or seek shelter until the situation stabilizes,” Richards said. “Airports in the region are currently operating. You should have a plan in place for departure should the situation warrant,” he added.

About Global Rescue

Global Rescue is the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services to enterprises, governments and individuals. Founded in 2004, Global Rescue has exclusive relationships with the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Division of Special Operations and Elite Medical Group. Global Rescue provides best-in-class services that identify, monitor and respond to client medical and security crises. Global Rescue has provided medical and security support to its clients, including Fortune 500 companies, governments and academic institutions, during every globally significant crisis of the last decade. For more information, visit www.globalrescue.com.

 

 

Global Rescue Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement to Support the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation

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Global Rescue Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement to Support the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation

 

Lebanon, N.H.  – Global Rescue will celebrate giving by donating a portion of new membership fees during #GivingTuesday on December 3, 2019 to support the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation (GDMF), an organization helping U.S. special operations veterans transition to civilian life.

Glen Doherty, a former Global Rescue Operations Specialist and U.S. Navy SEAL, was killed in the terror attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

“Before his death, Glen worked with us for several years. He was an outstanding member of the team and a joy to work with. We are honored to continue his lasting memory by donating 10 percent of new membership fees during #GivingTuesday to support the GDMF,” said Dan Richards, Global Rescue CEO.

The GDMF provides scholarships for current or former special operation professionals and their families to be used for traditional education, vocational and non-traditional training.

“Our mission is to help special operations professionals transition out of the military and back into civilian life by means of education and vocational scholarships,” said Kate Quigley, Glen’s sister and GDMF President.

“Being a GDMF scholar provides extremely useful tuition assistance. I am proud to be part of the community of scholars and the foundation itself,” said Michael Mattimoe, a former Navy SEAL who is currently transitioning from active duty and pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree at Harvard Kennedy School.

"Glen's dream was to go back to school to become a physician assistant. Sadly, the dream was never realized. At GDMF we are helping Special Operations individuals, like Glen, realize that dream. Through educational scholarships our recipients are transitioning to the next phase of their lives and we are thrilled to be able to ease the financial burden for these amazing individuals," Quigley said.

David Nicastro, a former Marine who was selected to the Second Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company, was twice awarded a GDMF scholarship. “I was in a similar type of work as Glen and I was awarded the scholarship two years in a row while I attended and then graduated from the Massachusetts State Police Academy,” he said.

“We’ve been lucky enough to find amazing candidates to become scholarship recipients. A lot of our scholars go back to school to earn degrees and certifications in medicine, business, flight school, law enforcement, cybersecurity and more. The applicants are remarkably impressive,” Quigley added.

“GDMF has helped me have a successful and ongoing transition as I prepare for a future post-military career,” said Ben Tartell, a former Navy SEAL who is pursuing his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

"With over 70 scholarships given out in seven short years we are incredibly proud of the family that we have grown. Each deserving scholarship recipient is working on setting themselves up for success for the next chapter of their lives. We are honored and humbled to help such amazing individuals,” Quigley said.

Dave Dauphinais, a former Navy SEAL, used his scholarship to complete degrees at Harvard’s School for Public Policy and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

“The financial benefits absolutely provided for my family in a way that I would not have been able to manage on my own,” he said.

Giving Tuesday takes place December 3rd and is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

About Global Rescue

Global Rescue is the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services to enterprises, governments and individuals. Global Rescue has provided medical and security support to its clients, including Fortune 500 companies, governments and academic institutions, during every globally significant crisis since 2004.

About the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation

The Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation mission is to ease the transition from military life and work to that of a civilian by helping fund educational costs for Special Operation individuals and their children. GDMF is a 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the memory of Glen Doherty and all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending our nation in the Global War on Terror.

About Giving Tuesday

Founded in 2012, Giving Tuesday has inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $400 million was raised online in 2018 to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.

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To learn more, contact Bill McIntyre at +1.617.210.8134
bmcintyre@globalrescue.com

New Study by Travel & Tourism Industry Examines Impact of Crises and Recovery Times

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New Study by Travel & Tourism Industry Examines Impact of Crises and Recovery Times

London, November 4, 2019 – A new body of research was unveiled today that analyzed the impact of 90 crises between 2001 and 2018 examining the time to recovery as well lost arrivals and lost visitor spending. Of the four crisis categories analyzed, political instability proved the most challenging with average recovery times of more than 22 months while terrorist or security related incidents having the shortest average recovery time of 11 and a half. The average recovery times for natural disasters and disease out breaks were 16.2 months and 19.4 months, respectively.

The study was conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council [WTTC], the global body that represents the private sector of the travel & tourism industry, in partnership with Global Rescue, a membership organization which provides medical, security, evacuation, travel risk and crisis management services.

Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC said: “This comprehensive research shows just how resilient the travel & tourism industry truly is. While there is still work to be done, the data shows that recovery times have fallen significantly over the past two decades, and that major strides have been made. It is crucial that we continue to learn from previous incidents and continue to come together through public private partnerships to make a real difference in reducing both the economic and human impact.”

Key findings included:

  • The travel & tourism industry is more resilient than ever – average recovery times have decreased from 26 months in 2001 to 10 months in 2018.
  • Political instability has a greater impact than terrorism on issues and recovery times. Governments have the opportunity to improve but need to engage with the private sector.
  • Of the four crisis categories analyzed, political instability proved the most challenging [with average recovery times of 22.2 months] with terrorist or security related incidents having the shortest average recovery time of 11.5 months. Additionally, the average recovery times for natural disasters and disease out breaks were 16.2 months and 19.4 months respectively.
  • Public private partnerships and communications are critical for preparedness and prevention.

*Note: Of the 90 crises analyzed – 32% were terrorism/security related, 13% were disease/outbreaks; 19% were political instability and 36% were natural disasters.

Later today, WTTC CEO will host a panel discussion at the World Travel Market revealing the research findings of the report entitled “Crisis Readiness: Are You Prepared and Risk Resilient to Safeguard Your People and Destinations?” joined by Daniel Richards, Chief Executive Officer, Global Rescue, Isabel Hill, Director, US National Travel & Tourism Office, Government of the United States of America, Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of Tourism of Egypt and Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife, Kenya.

One of the panel participants, Dan Richards, Chief Executive Officer, Global Rescue said: “Sometimes as challenging as the crisis itself is the preparation, management and coordination of the resources needed to mount an effective response.  We are optimistic that by working together, we will be able to further improve the sector’s resilience to systemic shocks.

In the report, WTTC and Global Rescue, offer recommendations on how destinations can mitigate the impact of a crisis, showcasing successful examples from the likes of Kenya, Mexico, Hawaii and Japan. The report also highlights the importance of being prepared and the need for coordinated management to ensure a successful recovery.

To view the full report, please visit www.wttc.org/XXXX

 

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the body which represents the Travel & Tourism private sector globally. Members include over 180 CEOs, Chairmans and Presidents of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies from all geographies covering all industries. WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world's largest economic sectors, supporting one in 10 jobs (319 million) worldwide and generating 10.4% of world GDP. WTTC conducts research on the Economic Impact of Travel & Tourism in 185 countries for nearly 30 years. In 2017, the Travel & Tourism industry experienced 3.9% growth, compared to the global economy (3.2%).

Global Rescue 2019 Travel Safety Survey: Concerns Drop for Terrorism While Traveler Confidence to Europe Rises

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Global Rescue 2019 Travel Safety Survey: Concerns Drop for Terrorism While Traveler Confidence to Europe Rises

 

Lebanon, New Hampshire, March 12, 2019 – Nearly 90 percent of travelers expressed some degree of concern for travel safety this year, according to new findings in the Global Rescue 2019 Travel Safety Survey. The leading travel risk and crisis response provider of medical, security and intelligence, Global Rescue annually releases findings from its yearly travel safety survey. Compared to last year, 16 percent of travelers reported they are more concerned about travel safety in 2019, with most (82%), noting they are still as concerned as they were last year.

Among the top survey findings:

  • Terrorism is no longer a primary concern. This year, more than two thirds (69%) of respondents ranked crime atop their three greatest traveling threats, followed by health and medical issues (67%) and then terrorism (41%). Less than one quarter (22%) of respondents ranked terrorism as their number one threat, with 33 percent of respondents ranking health and medical issues as their top concern. In 2018, 40 percent of respondents ranked terrorism as the greatest threat to their travel.

  • Concerns over travel to Europe have subsided. This year, more than half of respondents (54%) plan to travel to Europe, which comes after 74 percent expressed at least some level of concern with travel to both Europe and the Middle East last year. The top four destinations in terms of concern this year are: Africa (87%), the Middle East (84%), South America (80%) and Asia (74%). Europe dipped significantly in the ranking with 66 percent reporting some concern. 
  • Travel concern overall is unchanged in 2019. Across the last two years, nearly 85 percent of respondents expressed some degree of concern for travel safety, at 87 percent in 2019 and 84 percent in 2018, respectively. 
  • Travel concerns are not impacting willingness to travel. Only six percent of respondents said concerns would have a significant impact on their travel. Nearly half (47%) reported their concerns would impact their plans “a little,” while 41 percent of respondents said their concerns will have no impact on their travel in 2019.

    Much like last year, 48 percent of respondents will do more research when it comes to their travel safety concerns, while 30 percent will do nothing at all and 25 percent will prepare themselves for a possible crisis.

    “I think we all take a risk every time we travel,” one survey participant said. “I understand the risks and try to make sure I am smart about the way I handle myself. I like to do some research on travel plans and destinations before I go to have adequate back up for mishaps.”

    In 2018, 22 percent of travelers said they would be willing to change destinations amid travel safety concerns, while only 14 percent reported they would change destinations entirely in 2019. While overall concerns won’t impact a majority of travelers, health and medical issues (29%) and safety and security concerns (28%) are the top two factors preventing people from traveling more. 
  • Concerns with travel to Africa have increased. This year, the number of respondents either “concerned” or “very concerned” with travel to Africa increased to 56 percent, which is up from 39 percent last year. In 2018, 17 percent of respondents reported they were “very concerned” with travel to Africa, which has grown to 30 percent in 2019.

“This year’s results are reflective of a relative decline in the worldwide threat of terrorism, particularly in Europe and Turkey, where attacks in previous years likely influenced the perception that terrorism was a major concern,” said Global Rescue CEO and founder Dan Richards. “Medical and health issues as well as safety and security concerns are the top two barriers to more travel in 2019. Global Rescue stands ready on both fronts to support and ensure its members can travel more.”

The Global Rescue 2019 Travel Safety Survey was conducted from January 24 through February 15, 2019. The study is based on a survey of 900 current and former Global Rescue members ages 25 to 70 or older, with household incomes of $35,000 to $200,000 or more.

About Global Rescue

Global Rescue is the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services to enterprises, governments and individuals. Founded in 2004, Global Rescue has exclusive relationships with the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Division of Special Operations and Elite Medical Group. Global Rescue provides best-in-class services that identify, monitor and respond to client medical and security crises. Global Rescue has provided medical and security support to its clients, including Fortune 500 companies, governments and academic institutions, during every globally significant crisis of the last decade. For more information, visit www.globalrescue.com.

 

Media Contact

For all media related inquiries, please contact:

Bill McIntyre
Director, Communications
+1.617.210.8134
bmcintyre@globalrescue.com

 

 

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