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PRESS RELEASE

Travel Surge Includes Boost in Security Protections

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Travel Surge Includes Boost in Security Protections

Lebanon, NH – May 20, 2024 – Travelers are beefing up their trip safety with security advisory and extraction protection in 2024, according to the Global Rescue Spring 2024 Traveler Sentiment and Safety Survey. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the world’s most experienced travelers reported they would obtain security extraction protection services if the U.S. State Department travel advisory assigned to the country they plan to visit was Level 1, exercise normal precautions, or Level 2, exercise increased caution.

“Travelers are saying the war in Ukraine, the Hamas attacks on Israel or other violent conflicts make it more likely they will add security extraction and advisory protection to their travel protection packages,” said Dan Richards, CEO of The Global Rescue Companies, 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.

Specifically, nearly a third of respondents (31%) would obtain additional security travel protection services if they were in a region prone to terrorism, civil unrest or in a country adjacent to a war zone, while another quarter (27%) would obtain additional security travel protection services for any international travel regardless of the threat of terrorism, civil unrest or war zone.

"We're experiencing double-digit growth in membership sales for both medical evacuation and security protection services. As travel booms, we’re seeing an understandable increase in traveler safety concern worldwide,” Richards said.

The survey revealed that nearly nine-out-of-10 travelers surveyed are avoiding Paris altogether in 2024 due to a combination of safety concerns related to possible protests, civil unrest, a desire to avoid the crowds expected at the summer Olympic Games host city, or simply a preference to travel beyond traditional destinations.

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Contact Bill McIntyre at bmcintyre@globalrescue.com or +1 (202) 560-1195 (phone/text) for more information.    

About the Global Rescue Traveler Sentiment and Safety Survey     

Global Rescue, the leading travel risk and crisis response provider, surveyed more than 2,000 of its current and former members between April 16-20, 2024. The respondents revealed a variety of behaviors, attitudes and preferences regarding current and future travel.    

About Global Rescue     

The Global Rescue Companies are 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.    

Global Rescue App a Finalist for the Business Travel Awards Europe

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Global Rescue App a Finalist for the Business Travel Awards Europe

(Lebanon, N.H. – May 14, 2024) The Global Rescue Intelligence Delivery system (GRID) that places critical travel risk management, intelligence and operations resources in the hands of leisure and business travelers was selected by the Business Travel News Group as a Technology Innovation - Traveler Experience finalist for the 2024 Business Travel Awards Europe.

The GRID system distributes targeted notifications, alerts and serves as the communications hub for ongoing operations to individuals who could be impacted by events including civil unrest, disease-related developments, safety issues, transportation disruptions, communications blackouts, and natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanic activity.

“It is the world’s only integrated medical and security mobile app for travel risk, asset tracking, intelligence delivery and crisis response management. Last year more than a million targeted event alerts were distributed to individuals who were impacted by more than 10,000 global events reported,” said Dan Richards, CEO of The Global Rescue Companies, the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services.

As leisure and business travel increase globally, so do the challenges of travel disruptions from extreme weather, transportation delays as well as threats of international violent conflicts, terrorism and civil unrest. Most travelers lack immediate access to travel intelligence information, communication or operations capabilities that may be lifesaving in the event of a medical or security emergency.

“Global Rescue's GRID changes that. In an emergency, the GRID app puts its users in immediate contact with the medical teams and military special operations veterans who staff Global Rescue's Global Operations Centers,” said Harding Bush, associate director for Global Rescue security operations.

The GRID system is comprised of two modules to reduce traveler risk. The Individual Traveler Mobile App and the Desktop Administrator Control Center that work together to help individuals, organizations, companies and academic institutions protect, track and communicate with remote travelers, employees and students.

Travelers using the GRID Individual Traveler Mobile App can research medical and security risks by destination, obtain automatic Destination Reports, receive active security alerts including analysis and advice, connect for GPS "check-ins" with real-time location tracking, and stay in touch with in-app communications both internally and with Global Rescue.

Administrators managing the GRID Desktop Administrator Control Center receive comprehensive situational awareness of global risks 24/7/365, monitor real-time global threats and analysis with Event Alerts, audit a dynamic global risk map to identify regions of increased risk, manage communications using the in-app messaging that allows direct contact with individual or group GRID Mobile App users.

Winners will be announced at the Business Travel Awards Europe on Tuesday, 24 September in London.

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Contact Bill McIntyre at bmcintyre@globalrescue.com or +1 (202) 560-1195 (phone/text) for more information.

About Global Rescue

The Global Rescue Companies are 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.

About The Business Travel News Group

The BTN Group’s Business Travel Awards Europe 2024 showcases industry leadership, partnership and innovation. The BTN Group (Business Travel News, Business Travel News Europe, Travel Procurement, and The Beat) is the leading global source of business travel and meeting information, news, data, analysis and research serving the $1.4 trillion business travel industry. BTN Europe is the leading source of information, news, features, data, and research for corporate travel managers and travel management professionals. For more information, visit BTN Group.

Future of Travel: Bolder Adventures with a Bigger Safety Net

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Future of Travel: Bolder Adventures with a Bigger Safety Net

(Lebanon, N.H. – May 13, 2024) – The future of travel may include more journeys for longer durations to increasingly remote destinations as travelers' confidence in their connectedness and ability to be rescued increases with the widespread use of satellite communications devices, according to the world's most experienced travelers responding to the Global Rescue Spring 2024 survey.

Eight out of 10 respondents (82%) would feel safer with a smartphone enabled with satellite connection abilities, according to the survey results.

"Nearly half (49%) said they like knowing they can always call for help if needed while more than a third (37%) reported that having satellite communications capabilities if cell coverage is unavailable gives their family, friends or colleagues peace of mind," said Dan Richards, CEO of The Global Rescue Companies, 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.

One out of 10 (12%) said they had lost cell coverage before during travel, and it concerned them that they were unable to communicate with others, especially in an emergency.

Most travelers (81%) have already reported they are planning three or more trips in 2024, with 40% of respondents committing to three or more international trips. Nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents said that since the pandemic ended, they are planning to stay longer on at least one of their international trips in 2024. A nearly equal percentage (22%) of respondents said they plan more adventurous, immersive trips in 2024.

"Add to those survey results the race among wireless service companies and smartphone manufacturers to provide satellite communications capabilities for users, and travelers have a bigger safety net to travel more boldly in the future," Richards said.

The traveler frontier is expanding. Off-the-grid adventures could include risking a venomous bite while exploring Brazil's Snake Island, exploring remote south pacific islands like Vanuatu, or braving the deadly heat in Ethiopia's Danakil Desert. These locations will likely become more popular as travelers' confidence in their ability to call for help increases. While 80% of respondents don't want to travel to space, a full 20% do.

"People were born to travel, explore new places, and take part in transformative experiences," Richards said. "Improved safety and security protections make traveling boldly more accessible."

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Contact Bill McIntyre at bmcintyre@globalrescue.com or +1 (202) 560-1195 (phone/text) for more information.

About the Global Rescue Traveler Sentiment and Safety Survey

Global Rescue, the leading travel risk and crisis response provider, surveyed more than 2,000 of its current and former members between April 16-20, 2024. The respondents revealed a variety of behaviors, attitudes and preferences regarding current and future travel.

About Global Rescue

The Global Rescue Companies are 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.

Experienced Travelers Reveal International Laws Accidentally Broken

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Experienced Travelers Reveal International Laws Accidentally Broken

Lebanon, NH – May 6, 2024 – Hundreds of the world’s most experienced travelers have been warned, fined, detained or arrested during international travel for rules they were unaware existed. Seven percent of travelers responding to the Global Rescue Spring 2024 Traveler Sentiment and Safety Survey reported receiving a warning, a ticket or worse for breaking a rule or law in another country that they didn't realize was prohibited. Infractions included drinking in public, speeding, illegal turns, parking violations, not wearing a seatbelt, and skiing off-piste.

A few respondents reported stiff fines or detainment by law enforcement for littering in Bangkok, taking a picture of a police station in Morocco, jay walking in Krakow, vaping in Singapore and being naked on a Brazilian beach.

“It is critical to have some knowledge of your destination’s laws before traveling," said Dan Richards, CEO of The Global Rescue Companies, 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.

Travelers’ increasing appetite for less popular, more remote destinations has many benefits: authentic experiences, reduced crowds and more adventure, to name a few. But it also has some downsides, including a higher probability of accidentally violating lesser-known laws and customs.

Many travelers are going to Italy and Greece, destinations ranked among the most frequently mentioned international destinations travelers are planning to visit in 2024. “Whether it’s a new locality or a reliable region within those countries, tourists should know that visiting historic sites in Italy, Greece or Vatican City comes with rules that may seem odd but are nevertheless enforced,” Richards said.

For example, it is prohibited to wade or dive in Rome’s Trevi Fountain, feed the birds in Piazza San Marco in Venice or take photos inside the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. Officials in Greece banned high-heeled shoes at the Acropolis to protect it and other antiquities from wear and tear.

Unusual rules, however, are not limited to historic sites and landmarks. Tourists traveling to Thailand and touring in a rental car, zipping through city streets on a scooter, taking a scenic ride on a bike or exploring with the public transportation system should keep their shirts on at all times. It is illegal to drive without one.

You can take your shirt off when driving along Germany’s Autobahn, relishing sections with no speed limits. But there are other restrictions for this European freeway. Pulling over onto the shoulder, stopping, parking, backing up and making U-turns on the freeway is completely prohibited. Running out of gas on the Autobahn is considered a preventable circumstance and not an excusable reason to stop on the roadway, unlike experiencing a breakdown and pulling onto the shoulder.

Knowing the local laws of your destination is critical before traveling. The U.S. Department of State’s travel information web page for overseas travel advice explains how travelers are subject to local laws while abroad. “You are bound by those laws. Ignorance is not an excuse,” Richards said. 

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Contact Bill McIntyre at bmcintyre@globalrescue.com or +1 (202) 560-1195 (phone/text) for more information.    

About the Global Rescue Traveler Sentiment and Safety Survey     

Global Rescue, the leading travel risk and crisis response provider, surveyed more than 2,000 of its current and former members between April 16-20, 2024. The respondents revealed a variety of behaviors, attitudes and preferences regarding current and future travel.    

About Global Rescue     

The Global Rescue Companies are 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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