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Global Rescue Deploys Medical Operations Team to Mount Everest

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Global Rescue Deploys Medical Operations Team to Mount Everest

Record-breaking rescues expected as pandemic abates and climbers crowd into Nepal.  

 Lebanon, N.H. – May 10, 2022 – Global Rescue, the leading provider of medical evacuation services, is deploying an emergency medical operations team to Nepal in anticipation of a Mount Everest spring climbing season with a higher number of emergency medical rescues. 

  “We anticipate a record number of mountaineers crowding into Nepal to climb Mount Everest and trek the Himalayas, and that means a concurrent likelihood of a record number of emergency medical rescue operations,” said Dan Richards Global Rescue’s CEO and a global member of the World Travel and Tourism Council.  

 Whenever high-altitude trekkers and mountaineers convene for high-risk, life-changing ascents, Global Rescue medical operations experts deploy to the region to help save lives.  

 “We will have boots on the ground to support medical operations, logistical and emotional support. People traveling to the Himalayas to climb and trek are in unfamiliar circumstances, and we help when they are in trouble,” said David Koo, a former combat medic and the associate director of operations for Global Rescue.We deploy anytime it’s a primary activity area, where we have a lot of members taking part in extreme activities. We have lots of assistance in medical support wherever we deploy. 

 For more than two years, the coronavirus pandemic disrupted international mountaineering, closing or limiting access to popular, challenging mountains worldwide. It’s unclear what COVID-19 or its variants will mean for the 2022 spring climbing season. But experts are making predictions based on their experience and observations.  

 “Last year, Mount Everest hit record permit numbers but it happened very late,” said Dan Stretch, operations manager for Global Rescue and a veteran of deployments to Nepal during the climbing seasons. “This year, like most things, the number of people embarking on high climbs in the Himalayas is still unclear.” 

 Legendary high-climber and a member of the Global Rescue Mountain Advisory Council, Ed Viesturs, suggests Nepal will be extra crowded. “There won’t be any climbing access from the China side. It’ll be interesting to see what countries like Nepal and Pakistan require for entry,” he said. 

 Providing nonstop, 24/7 medical emergency support for a massive number of people taking part in extreme, high-altitude activities is not for the faint of heart.  

 We are flexible and physically fit in order to be efficient on the ground. We constantly research the area and the resources available. We stay close to the airport to coordinate and be part of airborne transports. Unexpected weather plays a big role. We make certain to have a plan B that includes a sleeping bag, portable oxygen canisters and special high-altitude equipment when we pack in case we have to overnight on the mountain at Mount Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet/5,364 meters) to support emergency rescue operations,” Koo said. 

 The Global Rescue deployment team remains on-site for the duration of the two-month climbing season. The days are long, often lasting up to 16 hours 

 “We are active from sunrise to sundown. If there are no ongoing rescues, that’s when we follow up with rescued members, check on their care, complete administrative requirements and rest up. Each deployed team member has at least one day a week to chill out, get a massage, go sightseeing, do anything to rest, recuperate and prepare for the next few days,” Koo said.  

Global Rescue is the leading emergency rescue resource for mountaineers, climbers and those who love the mountains. The Global Rescue Mountain Advisory Council helps keep services at peak level. The Mountain Advisory Council is led by Viesturs, world-famous high-altitude climber Nirmal “Nims” Purja, outdoor adventure safety expert and longtime mountaineering author Jed Williamson, Global Rescue’s Koo and Stretch. 

Additional Mountain Advisory Council members include:   

  • Wilderness and altitude sickness expert Dr. Eric Johnson is a Global Rescue associate medical director, past president of the Wilderness Medical Society and member of the Board of Directors of the Himalaya Rescue Association. Johnson is also one of the founders of Everest ER. 
  • Special operations and critical planning authority Scott Hume is Global Rescue’s vice president operations and the former Chief Operations Officer of the 3rd Brigade 25th Infantry Division.   
  • Former Navy SEAL and manager of Global Rescue Security Operations Harding Bush has extensive mountain and cold weather operations expertise. He has developed multiple training programs for ski mountaineering and cold weather survival. He is a graduate of several U.S. and NATO Mountaineering courses including the Slovenian Mountain Warfare School. 

Stretch predicts that 2022 will be wide open on Mount Everest. “If 2021 is anything to go by, there won’t be any limitations on group size. Expect record permits distributed with no enforced rules. Climbers should go with expedition organizers who take COVID-19 precautions seriously,” he said.  

Koo and his deployment team are taking it all in stride. We are comfortable in Nepal. Our partners are super nice. It’s like a second home. 

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 two decades. For more information, visit www.globalrescue.com.  

 

Travelers Will Spend More Time and Money on Travel In 2022

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Travelers Will Spend More Time and Money on Travel In 2022 

Major Shift in Comfort Levels for Cruises 

Lebanon, N.H. – May 9, 2022 – Call it defiance or acceptance, the world’s most experienced travelers are returning to international travel despite a war in Eastern Europe, threats of new COVID variants, and lingering fears following two years of pandemic-related restrictions, according to the Global Rescue Spring 2022 Traveler Safety and Sentiment Survey.  

“Now more than ever, people want to travel. Many (27%) travelers expect to spend extra time or more money – or both – on upcoming vacations to compensate for the two-year pandemic-induced travel moratorium,” said Dan Richards, CEO of Global Rescue, the leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services and a member of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

“Travelers see the best window for international travel is now. They’re not going to miss it despite government policy hurdles, remaining coronavirus fears or military conflict in Eastern Europe,” Richards said. 

An overwhelming majority (84%) of travelers are less or much less concerned about travel today compared to the beginning of the pandemic.  

More than three-quarters (78%) of respondents say the threat of a new COVID variant is not likely or not likely at all going to make them cancel or postpone international travel this year. Nearly the same percentage (71%) of travelers report they are somewhat or not concerned about international travel since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.  

Experts predict international travel will meet, and possibly exceed, pre-pandemic levels in 2022. “People are going to travel in record numbers this year,” Richards said referring to the World Travel & Tourism Council travel projections. 

Many are already traveling abroad, according to the survey. More than half of the respondents (56%) have traveled internationally since the pandemic, a 33% increase compared to six months ago. Sixteen percent expect to travel internationally by the end of June, and another 16% plan to travel abroad by the end of the year.  

Travelers who cruise reflected a major swing in their comfort levels. Last summer, 74% of respondents reported they did not feel safe on a cruise compared to only 10% today who say they would not feel safe on a cruise, reflecting a seven-fold decrease in cruise ship fears.  

The survey results show more than three-quarters of travelers (76%) are planning outdoor activities and adventure trips for 2022. Forty-four percent of travelers are scheduling relaxation vacations, 33% are preparing for reunions with family and friends, 18% are looking forward to educational/learning trips, 12% are anticipating trips for weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries, 8% are planning cuisine-based travel and 2% are organizing genealogical/ancestral research travel. 

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 1,200 of its current and former members between April 5 and 9, 2022. The respondents exposed a significant range in travel confidence and international travel activity as well as preferences for international travel policies.  

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 two decades. For more information, visit www.globalrescue.com. 

The Future of Business Travel, Road Warriors and Office-Bound Workers

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The Future of Business Travel, Road Warriors and Office-Bound Workers

Digital Nomadism, Location-Independent Work Here to Stay

Lebanon, N.H. May 3, 2022 – The next several years of business travel and an office-bound workforce will be a bit like the Wild West as business managers and employees pioneer a new balance for productivity as the world emerges from the worst of the pandemic, according to travel risk expert Dan Richards, CEO of Global Rescue. National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7) celebrates the value of business travel, especially in a year when the business road warrior community and the travel industry recover from the worst of the pandemic that effectively grounded international business travel.   

“The future of business travel will be structured around more digital nomadism and location-independent work. Both of which are not going away,” Richards said.

A third of business travelers now have a remote work schedule and many of them will travel more and longer as a result. 

“Virtual substitution for in-person meetings is here to stay. The pandemic has demonstrated productive work can be done from almost anywhere, leading to people taking advantage of that circumstance,” he said. 

The prospect of working from anywhere under more flexible attendance policies is going to give many staffers the ability to live and work in places they couldn’t before. The biggest management challenge in this evolving environment will be the ability to supervise a location-independent workforce.

“Managing the remote workforce will be a new challenge as unprecedented numbers of employees log in from the beach, mountains and other places where they've chosen to live. Management and employees need to consider how duty of care plays a role,” Richards said.

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 two decades. For more information, visit www.globalrescue.com. 

 

Travel Hesitancy: Real for Some, Not for Most

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Travel Hesitancy: Real for Some, Not for Most

Lebanon, N.H. – May 2, 2022 – Despite international borders opening and COVID severity diminishing, one–out–of three travelers are experiencing travel hesitancy due to the war in Ukraine, the possibility of new coronavirus variants or lingering fears following two years of pandemic-related restrictions, according to the Global Rescue Spring 2022 Traveler Safety and Sentiment Survey.

Seven–out–of 10 (71%) of survey takers are somewhat concerned, concerned or much more concerned, about international travel since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. The rest (29%) report they are not concerned at all.

Traveler hesitancy is also coming from anxiety about where to go, or when to get back to travel after two years of pandemic-related travel restrictions. “In January 2021, 55% of respondents said they were more or much more concerned about travel. Today, 45% fewer travelers are expressing travel hesitancy. The recent survey reveals less than a third (30%) of travelers are experiencing re-entry to travel anxiety,” said Dan Richards, CEO of Global Rescue, the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services and a member of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Conversely, the survey revealed 89% of respondents say the war in Ukraine has not changed their travel plans and the overwhelming majority (70%) of travelers are not experiencing any re-entry to travel anxiety. An even larger majority (84%) of survey takers report they are less or much less concerned about travel today compared to the beginning of the pandemic.

“Most travelers (78%) do not consider the threat of future COVID-19 variants significant enough to make them cancel or postpone international travel this year,” Richards said. “More than half of respondents (56%) already have traveled internationally since the pandemic with 35% expecting to travel abroad before the end of the year.”

COVID-19 remains a concern with international travelers, less so for the potential threat of a severe illness and more so due to the possibility of being stranded in a foreign country. According to the survey, 59% of respondents say testing positive for COVID-19 and being stranded away from home is their biggest fear about international travel. Fifteen percent of travelers say producing a negative COVID-19 test to meet U.S. re-entry requirements is their main concern.

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 1,200 of its current and former members between April 5 and 9, 2022. The respondents exposed a significant range in travel confidence and international travel activity as well as preferences for international travel policies.

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 two decades. For more information, visit www.globalrescue.com.

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Bill McIntyre
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bmcintyre@globalrescue.com

 

 

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