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March 12, 2019
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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.

 

January 16, 2019
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Global Rescue Renews Support of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Protects Its Members

 

Coral Gables, FL, January 16, 2019 – Global Rescue, the exclusive provider of evacuation and travel insurance services for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT), has reaffirmed its support of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust's conservation efforts as a Bronze Corporate Sponsor.

“Global Rescue and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust value the importance of sustainable practices and share support for enthusiasts within the fishing world,” said Global Rescue CEO Dan Richards. “Bonefish & Tarpon Trust members travel the world advocating for healthy fisheries and we prioritize their safety.”

Anglers can enjoy peace of mind knowing that Global Rescue is ready 24/7/365 with services from travel assistance to medical advice and emergency evacuations. Since 2004, Global Rescue’s hand-picked medical and security teams have performed more than 15,000 operations for individuals, families and enterprises. With its impressive track record, Global Rescue has become the travel protection service provider of choice for many of the world's largest companies, universities, and nonprofits.

“Global Rescue is a leader in the travel services industry,” said BTT President and CEO Jim McDuffie. “The company is a preferred provider for our members and, with this grant, is also continuing its generous commitment to the conservation of our flats fishery.”

About Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust's mission is to conserve bonefish, tarpon and permit—the species, their habitats and the larger fisheries they comprise. As a science-based organization, BTT pursues this mission across the southeastern US, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean through research, conservation, education and advocacy. 

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, the Company 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.