Tag Archives: International SOS

‘Laptop Ban’ Prompts Review Of Travel, IT Policies

[UPDATE, April 19, 2017: Emirates cited revised U.S. government policies for its decision to reduce flight frequencies on five U.S. routes. In May the airline will begin reducing to five weekly from daily the flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. In June, it will trim twice-daily Boston and Seattle services to one per day. The… 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 »

Travel Risk Management Experts: Limited Value In French, Israeli Risk Alert Apps

Lots of apps alert travelers to danger. Two of the newest come from the French and Israeli governments. These seem like good additions to the phones of ex-pats or travelers, and travel risk management experts say any info is usually better than none. Obviously partial to their products, TRM providers said one concern is that using both public and private-sector… Read More »

International SOS Adds Air Safety Ratings

International SOS last month introduced an aviation safety ratings service that flags bookings on airlines deemed risky. Gwendoline Pichon de Vendeuil, group product director at the travel risk management firm, noted growing customer interest following several high-profile aviation incidents in the past year. For travel management pros, the important thing is knowing the risks before travel occurs. Some companies… Read More »

International SOS Commissions New Duty Of Care Code As GBTA Preps TRM Tool Update

[UPDATE: Sept. 27, 2016: Standards company BSI announced it published the code of practice commissioned by International SOS. Publicly Available Specification 3001:2016 can be purchased here.] [UPDATE, April 8, 2016: We published new information related to this article here.] International SOS commissioned the British Standards Institution to develop a duty of care “code of practice.”… Read More »

Travel Risk Management Firms Explore Single Sign-On Access

Passwords are annoying. Resetting one in the midst of a crisis is particularly frustrating. But that’s exactly what many corporate managers need to do before finding out if any of their employees are impacted. IJet International on Jan. 1 will offer single sign-on to its systems using credentials that clients store themselves. Part of the travel risk management… Read More »

Paris Response: Ready And Able, But Rusty

Annapolis, Md., Trevose, Pa. and Philadelphia – Travel risk management programs worked as designed after Friday’s attacks in Paris, according to executives at leading TRM firms. But they said some clients need more practice and familiarity with systems and protocols. It’s one thing to have in place the appropriate infrastructure; it’s another to know how to quickly use it… Read More »

Concur’s Risk Service Is ‘Open’ But Hasn’t Attracted Key TRM Providers

As some Concur clients test the new version of its Messenger iOS app, released last month, Concur’s self-described “open” approach to integrating with travel risk management firms already includes five providers, but not some of the bigger names. In the making since Concur two years ago acquired messaging firm conTgo, the app is the mobile companion to Concur’s Messaging service.… Read More »

Study Shows ROI On Travel Illness Prevention Programs

When moral or legal obligations aren’t enough, proving the ROI of risk management isn’t easy. A new study offers travel pros some data to make the case for a “return on prevention.” The research finds that measures like pre-travel medical checks and malaria prevention pay back. Belgium-based research and consulting firm Prevent in January released the study, sponsored by the International SOS… Read More »

Direct Airline Booking Isn’t Legit For Lufthansa’s Clients That Manage Travel

Lufthansa Group on Tuesday said corporate clients could avoid its 16 euro surcharge for GDS bookings after September by using its websites. That’s not a genuine alternative. Without workarounds, direct airline booking requires users to jettison price comparisons and complex bookings. Companies would forego data reporting for policy and spend management, duty of care and CO2 tracking. For many, it means they’re… Read More »

Airbnb Adds Risk Management Support In Further Appeal To Corporate Travel

International SOS for a few months has been taking data from Airbnb to help joint clients locate employees in a crisis. Sources said Airbnb also is soliciting other types of support from travel risk management companies to increase its appeal to corporate travel programs. Meanwhile, Airbnb seems to be expanding its business travel sales and account management… Read More »