More relegated to film noir roles, real-life villainous terrorists are constantly hunting for new and sinister ways to disrupt global commerce. Major targets? Transport, energy, trade and capital. The reality of managing business travel is that the government can no longer provide comprehensive protection to the traveling public.
Results? Business travel management is compelled to initiate sobering thought-provoking priorities, including staff tracking, political risk assessment in international travel, refining travel insurance risks and even incorporating corporate security and training programs to upgrade skills and respond to threats.
Yes, money matters and corporate travel management policies will constantly focus on discounts and expense control. But what has changed is that the financial factors have now diluted in the context of the September 11 attacks in America, the London Underground bombings, the Bali nightclub attacks, the bombings. on trains in Spain and even more appalling examples where organized society is confronted with independent non-state terrorist militias. and suicidal fanatics.
Corporate Travel Management Specialists for A New world – Travel security and travel information. Security, employee training, business traveler tracking and more are provided by centralized, technology-backed business travel companies. Business travel management is no longer just looking for group travel discounts and frequent flyer mileage programs. Lives are in danger.
Learn the New Ropes – Business Travel Seminars. Companies regularly use seminars to teach the latest techniques in travel safety. For example, Westerners are taught to avoid placing identification stickers on luggage, or to wear clothing with logos that could easily identify as Americans or Brits. Discreet anonymity equates to less risky business travel.
What Happens When Terrorists Attack – Survive Captivity. What about being captured by terrorists? Travel management professionals now routinely provide detailed guidance on surviving captivity, how to deal with it, what to expect, what to say, understand the political and ideological motives of terrorists.
Travel Intelligence – Access to real-time employee tracking data. Experts in business travel management insist on access to real-time data, starting with meticulously planned and documented business travel plans … providing movement details hour by hour in advance. .. customer contacts and more.
Tips before the flight – Tip on cabin baggage. Check with your travel management advisers, but you’ll soon be limited to carry-on baggage. Cellphones, laptops, food, drinks, backpacks and even books may be banned as permitted carry-on baggage, following attempts in August by Pakistani and UK terrorists to plant IEDs (improvised explosive devices) on 10 flights from the United States.
Tips before the flight – Tip on parking at the airport. Leave nothing to chance. Security delays, busy flights, limited onboard services mean business and leisure travelers must pre-book airport parking needs at least several days before your scheduled departure. Have your business travel management experts lock in reservations for airport parking, car rental, and related needs throughout your travel itinerary.
Pre-flight tips – Airport hotel tip. Airport security restrictions plus a limited carryover allowance mean significant “downtime”. You will need to identify airport hotels that have the technology, giving you high-speed web access to your business files, emails, as well as Webex video conferences so that you can contact customers, the home office, prepare reports and introductions, and staying in touch with family indoors.