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Gender, Age Reveal Travel Safety Concern Disparities According to the Global Rescue 2020 Travel Safety Survey

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Gender, Age Reveal Travel Safety Concern Disparities According to the Global Rescue 2020 Travel Safety Survey

Lebanon, N.H. – Gender and age drive the biggest distinction among travelers, according to results of the 2020 Annual Global Rescue Travel Safety Survey.  

The Global Rescue Travel Safety Survey reveals unexpected travel safety concern disparities between the sexes and among the generations,” said CEO Dan Richards.  

  • Men are about 50% more concerned about family travel than women.  
  • Travelers are “very concerned” about travel to the Middle East, but respondents between the ages of 40-59 are a third more concerned than their younger counterparts.  
  • Forty percent of travelers under age 40 believe “health/medical issues” are the greatest threat while touring and exploring, compared to only 29% of travelers between 40-60 years old. 

Among the top survey findings:  

Likelihood of Travel: Consistent with results over the past several years, more than 95% of respondents are likely to travel in 2020, either domestically or internationally 

Travel Concern Gauge: Thirty-five percent of respondents are “concerned” or “very concerned” about their travel safety in 2020 while 13% are “not concerned” at all. For the last three years, roughly 85of respondents expressed some degree of concern for travel safety.  

Regional Fears: The Middle East is the region most troubling to travelers with 56% reporting they would be “very concerned” making a trip there. Trips to Asia and Africa were the next most worrisome for travelers. Sixty-four percent of travelers said they were “not concerned” about going to North America or Australia.  

I think the Middle East gets a bad rap,” said a Global Rescue Operations expert and former Navy SEALThere are places you just can’t go like Syria and Iraq. But Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Israel, the UAE and other areas there are great. The Middle East is a good place.” 

Business or Pleasure Travel: Family and personal travel were nearly three times more concerning than business travel. Less than 13% of respondents consider business travel a concern or very concerning compared to 30% of travelers thinking about family or personal travel. One respondent explained the reason for the result.  

“If I’m involved in an incident or accident on family travel, it will likely affect not only my safety but that of my family members. On a business trip, my family of course will be affected by my injury or death, but they likely will not be with me and will not be involved directly in the calamity,” Bob M. of Arkansas said. 

Greatest Travel Threats: Travelers listed health/medical issues and street crime as the greatest personal threats while traveling, followed by terrorismtraffic accidents, civil unrest, and – more than halfway down the list – cyber securityOne Global Rescue security expert believes cyber security should be a higher concern saying, “I’m worried about cyber security. It takes less than two minutes to draw everything off your laptop or smartphone. Public Wi-Fi is not secure.”  

A survey respondent concurred.  

“Cybercrime is a big concern, especially identity and credit card theft. I have had both hacked while traveling and the pain and suffering to try and fix the mess it creates was staggering. I am to the point of using a single travel credit card to ensure I can contain any cyber theft issues,” James B. of Texas said. 

Will You Change Travel Plans Due To Your Concerns? Nearly all respondents plan to travel in 2020 and most (85%) are concerned about travel safety. Yet, overwhelmingly (91%) say those concerns will not impact their plans. We discovered travelers are planning and researching and taking precautions so they can continue to enjoy their adventures. According to one respondent, you simply need to minimize your hazards 

“In my case, my overseas travel will be via reputable airlines and reputable cruise company, traveling to places with low risk percentages of incidents. I still, though, subscribe to Global Rescue as my 'back up' because I feel assured with Global Rescue that if anything happened, in the States or abroad, they would be my best ally,” said Laurie R., Texas 

 

The 2020 Annual Global Rescue Travel Safety Survey was conducted January 22-28, 2020. The study results are based on a survey of 2,400 Global Rescue members. 

 

 

“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%).

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

 

 

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