Category Archives: Risk

‘Laptop Ban’ Prompts Review Of Travel, IT Policies

Checking laptops and tablets isn’t just an annoying hit to productivity. In many cases, corporate policies don’t allow it. How do organizations reconcile those policies with new aviation security rules that ban all but small electronic devices from airplane cabins on inbound flights from certain Middle Eastern and North African airports? Half a dozen travel managers… Read More »

Taxing Calls For Tracking

Tax jurisdictions around the nation and globe increasingly are going after companies for revenues owed based on business activities within their borders facilitated by travel. Ernst & Young last year pointed out “a significant increase … in both business travel and nonresident income tax enforcement” by the state of New York. That’s not the only… Read More »

Next Time, Avoid The Snow Disruption

Did today’s blizzard in the Northeast wreck your travel plans? There are a number of developing services that can help corporate travelers avoid such problems. A first step may be knowing the likelihood that a flight could be disrupted before booking it. Flightsayer, a service from Resilient Ops, presents a score for each flight where 1… Read More »

Business Travel’s Personal Toll: Identity Threat Or Reality Check?

Those who travel for business view warnings about the mental and physical hazards either as an “identity threat” or a “more concerning reality check.” This was a finding from an academic study published last week on the reaction to an earlier study exploring the “darker side of hypermobility.” The first study argued that the perceived… Read More »

Messy Handling Of Global Entry Eligibility Mirrors Wider Chaos Following Executive Order

Confusion following President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order suspending entry into the United States by people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen also colored the government’s handling of business traveler-friendly expedited screening programs. A media official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection late Wednesday responded to questions sent Monday about revocations… Read More »

Trump Policies Apparently Impacting Nexus, Global Entry Eligibility

Attorneys are observing an uptick in canceled Global Entry memberships, and they suspect it is related to President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration and border controls. After a federal judge on Friday ruled to temporarily invalidate Trump’s so-called travel ban, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it “suspended any and all actions implementing the… Read More »

New International Tax Framework Demands Solid Travel Booking, Activity Data

New York — Corporate travel departments are always pointing to service, savings and safety as reasons for travel management policies and practices. Here’s another: fiscal self-preservation. Aiming to reduce transnational tax avoidance, more than 100 jurisdictions around the globe last year adopted plans to update international tax rules. Governed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation… Read More »

Security Experts Highlight Concerns About Reservations Data As GDSs React To Vulnerabilities

Global distribution system providers this week did not contest the results of an examination by Germany-based tech security experts showing vulnerabilities in reservation systems. Security experts contacted by The Company Dime said the potential for abuse may be greater than the researchers outlined in that such information could be used for crimes including corporate espionage… Read More »

‘Trust But Verify’ Your Hotel Safety Vetting

Most organizations don’t inspect every hotel property they tell travelers to use. They can do some of that with the help of travel management companies and risk specialists, but covering the globe is a tall order. So how do travel management pros really know if properties in their programs are safe? Mostly they’re taking the… Read More »

ARC, TMC Exec Raise Red Flags On Ticketing Fraud

As with hacking, if it hasn’t happened to you yet, fraud will. Travel management companies can be unwitting participants in deceit. In one unsettling but increasingly common scenario, scammers search the Internet or buy hacked information to find out companies’ travel agencies and other details. They masquerade as executives from those companies in calls to… Read More »

Self-Driving Cars: Time To Update Risk Policies

[UPDATE, March 28, 2017: Uber restarted self-driving car operations in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Tempe, Ariz., according to published reports. An Uber official told Reuters that the company completed an investigation into the Arizona crash and cleared the autonomous driving technology.] [UPDATE, March 27, 2017: After a self-driving Uber car crashed in Arizona a few… Read More »

Teleconference 2: Hotel Buying

Hotel Buying Oct. 13, 2016 Thanks to all our attendees and speakers! The recording from this event may be purchased here or gifted here for $10. Here are the accompanying slides. On Teleconference 2, The Company Dime and expert guests examined the dynamics of the ongoing 2017 hotel rate negotiating season. ABC Global Services CEO Eric Altschul,… Read More »

Amid Growing Travel Risk Management Awareness, GBTA Upsizes Assessment Tool

Denver — Companies trying to manage travel risk sometimes don’t know if their efforts suffice. Once they know where they stand, there’s much to do to run a solid program. IJet International nine years ago created an assessment tool that helped many understand the first part. The Global Business Travel Association, iJet and a task… Read More »