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Travel Risk Newsletter - from HospitalityLawyer.com

publication date: Jul 4, 2012
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June 2012 • Volume 1, Issue 1

Travel Risk Newsletter - from HospitalityLawyer.com

In this edition:

Preparing for the London Olympics
By: Stephanie Kallab, iJet

The 2012 London Olympics are shaping up to be one of the biggest events of the year. London officials are expecting swarms of tourists between July 27 and Aug. 12, with some estimates ranging as high as 11 million visitors. Already, the city has invested more than GBP 6.5 billion (USD 10.5 billion) to upgrade transportation networks in advance of the extra travelers who will be taking to London's skies, roads, waterways, and subways during the event. So what do you need to know to stay safe during the Olympics? Read more

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Risk Mangement vs Big Brother
By: Craig Banikowski, NC4

As travel professionals working in the aftermath of 9/11, the 2004 Madrid train bombings, and the July 2005 London underground bombings, our reality includes helping to ensure the safety and security of travelers in a world full of tsunamis, nuclear threats and SARS. In fact, the responsibility has evolved and expanded over the years providing a myriad of challenges to companies, travel managers, travelers and data privacy advocates. Unfortunately, the geo-political globally traveled world we live in has evolved as well, providing further challenges for everyone. Alongside these conditions, we must be ever mindful of that omnipresent figure representing oppressive control and insight- Big Brother. Read more

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How Do You Know Your Airline is Safe?
By: Marnie Hunter, CNN
Previously published on CNN.com

Beyond a vague familiarity with the world's major airlines, most travelers know little about the hundreds of carriers transporting passengers across the globe. Sunday's deadly air crash in Nigeria raises questions about the safety of international airlines. So how do passengers find safety information?

There are several things travelers should look for to gauge an airline's safety, according to Bill Voss, CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, an international nonprofit organization. Read more

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2012 Global Congress on Travel Risk Management

If you are directly or indirectly responsible for the legality, safety, or security of mobile people or property, you cannot miss the Global Congress on Travel Risk Management on October 1-2, 2012, in Houston, Texas. View the Global Congress agenda and visit the website.

Bruce McIndoe, president of iJet International and member of the Global Congress Advisory Board, has expressed that “[we] are all talking about the topic of traveler safety/security and travel risk management, but we are not talking together, sharing and harmonizing solutions. Protection of human assets, whether traveling or not, is a multidisciplinary effort and organizations need us to work together to be effective. This Global Congress will provide a venue and forum to initiate and leverage a cross-functional dialog.”

General Sessions will address best practices and common issues issues and solutions that impact all components of travel equation.

The conference will feature breakouts in the following verticals:

  • Corporate and Government Travel: Employee and Property Protection
  • Leisure Travel
  • Public Support of Travel: Terminals, Ports, Visas, Customs, Health, Domestic Security, Embassies and Consulates, and Leisure Travel and Tourism

Register today to attend the Global Congress on Travel Risk Management, focusing on legal, safety, and security solutions.

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Travel Safety Tips
By: Stephen Barth

  1. If the Front Desk clerk calls out your room number ask for a different room.
  2. The hotel should never give out a key without an ID; this is for your safety, so please do not complain about having to show an ID, or when the housekeeper insists on calling security for you to access your room when you have forgotten your key.
  3. Always count the number of doors between your hotel room and the fire exit; if you cannot see or are crawling you will be able to know which door is the exit. Hotels are beginning to put fire exit signs on the floor level but it is a slow process. Read More

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Industry Resources

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency: Let them know your travel plans through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free online service at https://travelregistration.state.gov. This will help them contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to others without your express authorization.

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Current Travel Warnings

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

The countries listed below meet those criteria.

Afghanistan    06/27/2012
Nigeria 06/21/2012
Haiti 06/18/2012
Somalia 06/15/2012
Philippines 06/14/2012

View the entire list here.

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Global Alliance of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Attorneys

Join the Global Alliance of Travel, Tourism, & Hospitality Attorneys (G.A.T.T.H.A.) member and receive the following benefits:

Corporate counsel receive a complimentary GATTHA membership. To join, download the application here (.doc).

If you are a private attorney, click here to join.

Visit the GATTHA Library to trend issues or to receive a primer on a topic. To view a list of the white papers available in the GATTHA Library, please click here.

Email us for more information!

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