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PRESS RELEASE

Global Rescue 2018 Travel Safety Survey: Concerns for Terrorism High, Nuclear Attack Low

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Global Rescue 2018 Travel Safety Survey: Concerns for Terrorism High, Nuclear Attack Low

Lebanon, New Hampshire, February 7, 2018Global Rescue, the leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services to enterprises, governments and individuals, today released results of the Global Rescue 2018 Travel Safety Survey. Overall, a majority of respondents (82%) expressed concerns for their safety during anticipated 2018 travel. Nineteen percent (19%) are more concerned about travel safety in 2018 compared to 2017.

Top survey findings:

  • Terrorism remains the top-ranked travel threat in 2018. Fifty percent (50%) of respondents ranked terrorism among the top perceived threats, ranking it as either first or second on a list of potential threats to 2018 travel. Thirty-nine percent (39%) rated health/medical issues as a top-two threat, and 37% ranked crime as a top-two threat. Traffic accidents ranked fourth, with 18% rating it as a top-two threat, followed by civil unrest (17%) and cybersecurity/identity theft (12%). Natural disaster was ranked a top-two threat by 6% respondents. 

    Despite heightened awareness of the threat of a nuclear attack, including announced plans for nuclear preparedness training by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 5% of survey respondents ranked nuclear attack as a top-two threat.

  • Nearly one in five are more concerned about 2018 versus 2017.  Eighty-two percent (82%) of respondents expressed some degree of concern for travel safety in 2018, including 30% who say they are “Concerned” or “Very concerned.” Nineteen percent (19%) indicated greater concern about travel safety this year compared to 2017.

    A majority of survey participants (51%) noted that travel concerns would somewhat impact their 2018 travel. Eight percent (8%) responded that their travel would be significantly affected.

    “Sadly, we don’t feel safe traveling to places of interest, such as Iran, Egypt, Russia. The world we feel comfortable to travel in has shrunk in the past 10-15 years,” noted one survey participant. Another commented, “Globally we plan to only travel in North America or Western EU for the foreseeable future due to political, civil, and other significant uncertainties that many countries are struggling with managing.”

  • Concerns remain high about travel to Europe. Europe remains a top-three destination for travelers’ concerns, along with the Middle East, followed by Africa. Among respondents who expressed some level of concern, 73% pointed to Europe and 73% to the Middle East, followed by Africa (71%). Intensity of concern is highest in the Middle East, with 45% indicating “Very Concerned.”

    One respondent commented, “Going to France this year and fairly worried about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Less worried about Brazil/Amazon than France. Who would have thought that a few years ago?”

    Thirty-seven percent (37%) are at least somewhat concerned about travel in North America in 2018. According to one respondent, “Only concerned when we go to America. No concern here in Asia.”

  • Greater concern for personal and family travel compared to business travel. Respondents who expressed some level of concern indicated that personal travel (76%) and family travel (66%) were more concerning than business travel (39%) in 2018.

  • Research, research, research. What will travelers do differently in 2018? Forty-eight percent (48%) responded “Do more research.” Nearly one in four (22%) will change travel destinations, while 24% intend to prepare for a possible crisis.

Despite perceived travel safety issues, nearly all respondents (96%) say that they are likely or very likely to travel in 2018.

"People tend to react to the spectacular and most frightening events that gather the most media attention,” said Global Rescue CEO and founder Dan Richards. “However, there are less spectacular albeit more likely events that will negatively affect travel. Certain risks such as minor injuries, illnesses and car accidents cannot be predicted or fully preventable. Careful planning and preparation are always recommended prior to any travel.”

The Global Rescue 2018 Travel Safety Survey was conducted January 3 through January 14, 2018. The study is based on a survey of 1,200 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. 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.

 

Global Rescue Ukraine Statement

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Global Rescue Ukraine Statement

On Sunday, April 23, 2017, an American paramedic supporting the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE- SMM), was killed and two others injured after their vehicle hit an explosive device in eastern Ukraine. Paramedic support for the OSCE-SMM is provided by Global Rescue Coöperatief, U.A., a European subsidiary of Global Rescue.

Joseph Stone, 36, of Tucson, Arizona, had been a part of the support team for more than a year.

“We are shocked and saddened by Joseph Stone’s death in this tragic incident. We will be doing everything possible in the coming days to support his family and will work with the OSCE and the Ukrainian and European governments as they conduct their investigations,” said Global Rescue Chief Executive Officer Daniel Richards. 

The incident took place at 11:17 a.m. local time near Pryshyb in the Luhansk region. It is the first time in three years that one of the more than 600 SMM members in Ukraine has been killed.

On 21 March 2014, the Permanent Council of OSCE decided to deploy the Special monitoring mission of unarmed civilian observers to Ukraine. The ultimate goal of the SMM is to help Ukraine to reduce tensions and facilitate dialogue between all the sides.  Global Rescue Coöperatief has provided medical and associated logistical support to OSCE members since 2015.

With 57 participating States in North America, Europe and Asia, the OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization. The OSCE works for stability, peace and democracy for more than a billion people, through political dialogue about shared values and through practical work that makes a lasting difference.

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. 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.

Global Rescue Deploys Teams to Support 2017 Climbing Season

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Global Rescue Deploys Teams to Support 2017 Climbing Season

Lebanon, New Hampshire, March 15, 2017 – As climbers from around the world travel to Nepal and Mount Everest in the weeks ahead for the spring Himalayan climbing season, Global Rescue, the leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services, will have its highly trained personnel on the ground, ready to perform life-saving rescue and evacuation missions.

Global Rescue, the pioneering provider of worldwide field rescue, medical advisory and evacuation services, has conducted rescue and evacuation missions in Nepal every season for more than a decade. Falls, avalanches, exposure and altitude sickness can all pose serious hazards for climbers.

Following the 2016 Everest season with approximately 600 summits, hundreds of climbers are expected to attempt to summit Everest this spring. Interest is anticipated to be high in part because the Nepal government will honor through 2019 the climbing permits from 2014 and 2015, when the climbing seasons were aborted due to deadly avalanches. Beyond Everest, climbers seek to tackle peaks including Lhotse, Nuptse, Mera, Cho Oyu and Annapurna.

In 2016, Global Rescue performed more than 30 rescue and evacuation missions in the Himalaya, including dozens on Everest. In 2015, Global Rescue responded to over 125 requests for assistance following the Nepal earthquake and triaged more than 200 humanitarian cases in the first 24 hours after the quake.

“Global Rescue physicians and paramedic rescue specialists are deployed in Nepal to assist climbers who are ill, injured or need to be evacuated,” said Dan Richards, CEO and founder of Global Rescue. “As we have done for more than a decade, our personnel will be on the ground in Nepal and prepared to support our members who need our life-saving services.”

Global Rescue has a longstanding relationship with the climbing community and leading climbing organizations, including the American Alpine Club, choose Global Rescue because of the company’s track record of providing critical services on some of the world’s largest mountains.

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. 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.

LPGA Expands International Safety Net with Global Rescue

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LPGA Expands International Safety Net with Global Rescue

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February 15, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced today that travel risk management firm, Global Rescue, will serve as the Tour’s Official Travel Risk and Crisis Management Provider. The new agreement highlights the Tour’s continued commitment to safety and security and goes into effect at this week’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide, Australia.

“Providing the highest level of safety remains a top priority for the LPGA. Our partnership with Global Rescue provides an additional layer of security for our Tour abroad,” said Heather Daly-Donofrio, Chief Communications and Tour Operations Officer for the LPGA.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Global Rescue, Dan Richards, said, “We are honored to partner with the LPGA, a world-class international sporting organization which takes travel safety seriously. Global Rescue looks forward to providing our support for the Tour’s expanding roster of international tournaments.”

Global Rescue will provide medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management for LPGA players, caddies, and staff when traveling internationally. The program focuses on medical advisory services, medical transport, security evacuations and travel intelligence through the company’s GRID platform, which serves as a travel intelligence system to provide the most up-to-date information for each destination.

The partnership with Global Rescue comes at a time when the LPGA continues to grow its tournaments and events. The 2017 season boasts 35 events, including four new tournaments and the return of the Solheim Cup to the Midwest. The LPGA will host events in 13 destinations outside North America this season, an increase from 10 destinations in 2011.

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. 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.

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: LPGA.com, facebook.com/lpga.official, twitter.com/lpga, and youtube.com/lpgavideo.

 

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