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What do Biden's new travel restrictions mean for you?”
What do Biden's new travel restrictions mean for you?”

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What to do if coronavirus variants leave you stranded overseas
What to do if coronavirus variants leave you stranded overseas

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Global Rescue Helping Travelers in Natural Disasters
Global Rescue Helping Travelers in Natural Disasters

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Travelers face more uncertainty in 2022. Here’s how to make plans.
Travelers face more uncertainty in 2022. Here’s how to make plans.

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Travel confidence is surging
Travel confidence is surging

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Survey: Traveler confidence surges, travel rebounds
Survey: Traveler confidence surges, travel rebounds

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Surge of international travelers coming to Disneyland and other California theme parks
Surge of international travelers coming to Disneyland and other California theme parks

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As the Pandemic Abates, What’s New for Travelers?
As the Pandemic Abates, What’s New for Travelers?

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What Travel Experiences Are Women Looking for Today?
What Travel Experiences Are Women Looking for Today?

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Thousands of Travelers Face Extreme Weather Every Year. This Firm Comes to the Rescue.
Thousands of Travelers Face Extreme Weather Every Year. This Firm Comes to the Rescue.

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PRESS RELEASE

Traveler Confidence Surges, Travel Rebounds

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Traveler Confidence Surges, Travel Rebounds

COVID-19 fears subside, travelers are significantly less concerned about travel

Lebanon, NH – November 8, 2021 – Traveler confidence is surging, and it’s driving a significant rebound in travel activity. Nearly 86% of travelers have taken domestic trips, and 42% have traveled internationally, since the pandemic started a year a half ago, according to the 2021 Fall Global Rescue Traveler Sentiment and Safety Survey. 

“Between April and October, there’s been a 74% jump in people taking domestic trips and an enormous 207% increase in individuals traveling internationally,” said Dan Richards, the CEO of Global Rescue and a member of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. 

Fear of COVID-19-related quarantine or infection while traveling declined by 37% compared to January 2021, according to the survey of the most experienced travelers in the world. Three out of four survey respondents said they are “less” or “much less” concerned about travel today compared to the beginning of the pandemic, reflecting a 65% improvement in individual concerns about travel compared to traveler attitudes at the beginning of 2021.

“As COVID-19 fears subside, people are significantly less concerned about travel,” Richards said. 

Vaccination prevalence, its efficacy and the declining infection rates are contributing to a return to travel normalcy. According to the survey, 73% of travelers reported being vaccinated, or having recovered from a COVID-19 infection, makes them feel safe enough to travel. 

More than half of respondents (53%) said having medical evacuation protection gives them sufficient peace of mind to travel. "Travel insurance and protection services are taking off at pace with travel as it resumes,” Richards said.

Respondents said rescue service from point of injury or illness, including COVID-19, and transport to a medical facility were more important than Cancel For Any Reason travel insurance protecting against financial loss from last-minute trip cancellation or disruption.

“Since the pandemic, there’s been a 30% increase in travelers designating medical evacuation as the most important travel protection needed. COVID-19 brought to light the limitations of travel insurance and the importance of having a separate medical support and evacuation safety net that includes medical evacuation and transport for COVID-19,” Richards said. 

A third of survey takers (36%) said choosing uncrowded or remote destinations was an important factor to feel safe enough to travel. Respondents listed China, the Middle East, Africa, India and Russia as the regions they were least likely to tour. Canada, Mexico, France, Italy and Spain were recognized as the countries travelers were most likely to visit.

Conversely, respondents said masking and physical distancing — common requirements endorsed by officials — were the least effective behaviors that would make them feel safe enough to travel.  

“COVID-19 vaccines and treatments are successfully saving lives. People are keeping their fingers crossed in the hopes the end of the pandemic is near. Unfortunately, government officials haven’t found and applied a standardized system that will encourage a return to international business and leisure travel,” Richards said.

Some countries, like the U.S., still call for illogical rules like requiring fully vaccinated returning resident travelers to obtain and present a negative test result for COVID-19 infection. Vaccinated travelers to Bermuda who arrive without a negative pretest must quarantine until they get a negative result. In South Korea, a 14-day quarantine is required regardless of vaccination status.

“More pandemic procedural discernment will encourage people to book travel and help deliver the travel industry out of an economic crisis,” Richards said.

About the Global Rescue Traveler Sentiment and Safety Survey 

Global Rescue, the leading travel risk and crisis response provider, conducted a survey of more than 1,500 of its current and former members between October 26-30, 2021. The respondents exposed a significant rebound in travel activity and confidence as well as critical preferences for international destinations and COVID-19 protocols.  

Contact Bill McIntyre at bmcintyre@globalrescue.com or 202.560.1195 (phone/text) for more information.

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.

 

Great Scott! What a Shot! Global Rescue 2021 Travel Photo Contest Launched

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Great Scott! What a Shot!
Global Rescue 2021 Travel Photo Contest Launched

Contest Celebrates Resilient Spirit and Enduring Strength Through Travel Images Since the Pandemic.

Lebanon, N.H. – October 1, 2021 – After more than a year of extraordinary travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Rescue’s 2021 Photo Contest celebrates the resilient spirit and enduring strength of travelers who have ventured near and far through images of their travels. 

“Everyone was impacted by the pandemic, some more severely than others. Travelers were, and are, eager to fight back to regain their family vacations, adventure travels and business trips. The flexibility and toughness demonstrated by travelers and the travel and tourism industry can only be defined as resilient. That’s why we selected ‘resilience’ — a word meaning strength, spirit, courage, character, flexibility, hutzpah or determination – as the theme for the 2021 Global Rescue Photo Contest,” said Dan Richards, CEO of Global Rescue, the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services.  

Complete information is available here. 

The Global Rescue 2021 Photo Contest begins October 1 and is open to all. There are four photo categories:   

  • Togetherness (socializing with family and friends once again)    
  • Landscape (tropical, metro, nature, architectural, seasonal, etc.)   
  • Outdoor activity (in-action shot of a high-altitude climb, road trip, hike, etc.)   
  • Animal travel companion (furry, feathered or reptilian)   

Entries will be accepted until 11:59 PM (EST) October 31, 2021. Winners will be announced in November. The grand prize winner will receive a fishing rod from Orvis (value $1,400), a Bivy two-way satellite communication device (value $360), and an annual Global Rescue membership (value $329).  

Category winners and runners-up will also be selected and will receive a 7-day or 14-day Global Rescue travel protection membership and an Osprey backpack filled with Global Rescue Safe Travel partner travel gear from our contest sponsors: The Fly Shop, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Wilderness Medical Society, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Luggage Forward and PolarExplorers.  

Global Rescue 2021 Photo Contest Judges include:  

  • Mark Edward Harris, a photographer who has visited and photographed in more than 100 countries. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, LIFE, Time, Newsweek, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Forbes, AFAR, Vogue Brazil, Elle Canada, Esquire Japan, Harper’s Bazaar, Italian GQ, Marie Claire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Times Travel Magazine and The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. 
      
  • Lydia Schrandt, the senior photo editor and Readers’ Choice production manager for USA TODAY 10Best and serves as the first chair of the Editors Council of the Society of American Travel Writers. Her work has appeared in Travel+, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post and others.   

  • Paul Shoul, photographer for GoNomad.com. His work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and magazines around the globe, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, The Washington Post, Popular Science and National Geographic Traveler, to name just a few.   

  • Chelsea Bakos-Kallgren, Global Rescue’s graphic designer. Previous to her work at Global Rescue, her design talents shaped the brands of Simon Pearce, CBRE Group, National Park Service, Shire Digital and Cloudbank Inc. She’s won numerous awards for design: print, digital and best in show.    

Contact Bill McIntyre at bmcintyre@globalrescue.com or 202.560.1195 (phone/text) for more information.

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.

Business Travel Is Returning

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Business Travel Is Returning

61% of business travelers have taken multi-day domestic trips; video conferencing won’t replace in-person meetings 

Lebanon, NH – August 16, 2021 – More than half of business travelers (61%) have already taken their first multi-day domestic business trip of the year, according to a Global Rescue survey of the most experienced travelers in the world. “Business travel is returning due to climbing COVID-19 vaccination levels and the gradual reduction in government quarantine and testing requirements. Nevertheless, post-pandemic travel trepidations linger,” said Dan Richards, the CEO of Global Rescue.

International business travel is growing but at a much slower pace. According to the survey, 17% of business travelers have already taken their first multi-day international business trip of the year. A little more than a quarter (27%) expect to do so between now and March 2022. Forty-five percent have no plans for international business travel.

“Never have business leaders been more aware and more concerned about the duty of care they have to their traveling employees,” Richards said. “Today, the risk profile for business travel is different, and business traveler awareness is at its highest levels,” he added.

More than half of survey respondents (54%) who travel for business reported that their company is using, or going to use, a hybrid model of work on- and off-site.

“If the pandemic demonstrated anything about remote working, it is that productive work can be done from almost anywhere – and people are going to take advantage of that,” Richards said.

Most of the business travelers (61%) said that a hybrid work model will not reduce their business travel despite the availability of online conferencing apps like Zoom, Webex by Cisco, and Microsoft Teams.

According to the survey, video conferencing will have a mixed impact on business travelers. Thirty-five percent of business travelers said they expect video conferencing to replace about half of routine business travel in the future. Another 27% said they expect to use video conferencing sparingly and return to routine business travel for in-person business and sales meetings as the pandemic health threat abates.

Sixteen percent said they believe video conferencing will replace most of the business travel for in-person business meetings and sales meetings. More than a fifth (21%) said they don't use video conferencing in their business. “While video conferencing will likely reduce total business travel volume in the near term there is no substitute for being in the same room with others,” Richards said.

“While the days of traveling long distances for one meeting with one person could be gone forever, people will travel for business at scale into perpetuity.”

Ninety percent of business travelers surveyed said in-person business and sales meetings are “without a doubt” or “generally” more successful than video conferencing. Nine percent said video conferencing was more successful than in-person business and sales meetings.

The biggest concerns about future work-related travel among business travelers are being quarantined (29%), being infected with coronavirus (30%), border closing (23%), poor medical infrastructure at their destinations (10%), and insufficient emergency response by their company to help during a medical or security emergency (6%).

“Mitigating those risks falls to an organization's chief security officer, travel manager and human resources director, who are accountable for the development and oversight of policies, programs and logistics that protect traveling staff,” Richards said. “Employees turn to them to do everything possible to keep them as safe as possible. CEOs rely on them, too, because they carry a duty of care responsibility to their people, to take care of them and avoid exposing them to any unnecessary or undue risk,” he added.

About the Global Rescue Traveler Survey 

Global Rescue, a leading travel risk and crisis response provider, conducted a survey of more than 1,700 of its current and former members between July 27-31, 2021. The respondents revealed a range of support for travel expectations, behaviors, and safety concerns in anticipation of a return to leisure and business trips domestically and internationally. 

Contact Bill McIntyre at bmcintyre@globalrescue.com or 202.560.1195 (phone/text) for more information.

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.

Travel Is Roaring Back

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Travel Is Roaring Back

72% of travelers have already traveled domestically; 26% have traveled internationally 

Lebanon, NH – August 5, 2021 – Nearly three-quarters of travelers (72%) have already taken their first multi-day domestic trip of the year and 26% have already taken their first international multi-day trip of the year, according to a Global Rescue survey of the most experienced travelers in the world.

“Economic recovery and the return of travel and tourism is underway due to climbing COVID-19 vaccination levels and the gradual reduction in government quarantine and testing requirements,” said Dan Richards, the CEO of Global Rescue and a member of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.

7-out-of-10 survey-takers (76%) are “much less” or “less” concerned about travel health and safety for the last half of 2021 compared to 2020. When border closings are not an issue, more than half of respondents (52%) said popular or crowded destinations would prevent them from traveling. Nearly a quarter of survey-takers (24%) reported that a location having insufficient medical facilities would cause them to stop them from making a trip.

“There needs to be predictability when it comes to pandemic protocols related to entering and departing countries,” Richards said. “The regulations change quickly and often, with little advance public notice, and those practices prompt people to delay booking travel. These micro-economic impacts are emblematic of a larger challenge,” he added.

Forty-three percent of respondents said they would pay a “Pandemic Recovery Fee” to travel to poorer countries suffering from dramatically negative economic impacts caused by COVID-19. Of those willing to pay such a fee, 17% would pay between $51-$100, 14% up to $50, 12% between $101-$250, and 5% more than $250.

“In the U.S. and Europe, where a substantial portion of the world’s wealth and GDP is generated, we can start traveling again and exporting the economic benefits of tourism to other countries dependent on our travelers. Collaboration among international health and government officials to get vaccines to those locations is smart, but we can also restart our travel with those countries to help them get out of their economic crises,” said Richards.

Half of respondents said they would travel internationally where possible and more than a quarter (28%) said they would only travel domestically. Nineteen percent said they would take longer trips and 21% said they would take advantage of discounts, deals and specials. Sixteen percent said they would only travel to places with modern health care facilities while 10% would take extra trips, and 8% said they would take less expensive trips.

About the Global Rescue Traveler Survey 

Global Rescue, a leading travel risk and crisis response provider, conducted a survey of more than 1,400 of its current and former members between July 27-31, 2021. The respondents revealed a range of support for travel expectations, behaviors, and safety concerns in anticipation of a return to leisure and business trips domestically and internationally. 

Contact Bill McIntyre at bmcintyre@globalrescue.com or 202.560.1195 (phone/text) for more information.

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.

 

 

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Bill McIntyre
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+1.617.210.8134
bmcintyre@globalrescue.com

 

 

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