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Travel Risk Management Newsletter

publication date: Aug 29, 2012
author/source: HospitalityLawyer.com

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August 2012 • Volume 1, Issue 3

In this edition:

Key Considerations for Sponsoring Foreign Workers in the United States
By: Kari Konikowski, FosterQuan LLP

The Hospitality industry is a major service sector contributing to the United States economy.  The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the Hospitality industry alone will be responsible for 17% of the total jobs created in the U.S. between 2004 and 2014.  As the U.S. economy strengthens over time, the need for qualified workers will only become more acute.  Many employers will consider recruiting foreign nationals into positions for which there is a shortage of U.S. workers.  In fact, visa sponsorship is quickly becoming the status quo for companies that want to remain competitive in the global marketplace.  Read more

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Are You Keeping Your Smartphone Smart?
By: Harris Schwartz, iThreat Solutions

More and more companies are empowering their workforce and executives to stay engaged with the office when traveling, by providing a myriad of devices such as iPhones, iPads, laptops and other smartphone devices. The threat to corporate information protection increases when employees are traveling for business. Let alone, the physical threat of device theft; the issue of protecting company information through a mobile device is becoming more difficult every day. Read more

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What Are the Most Important Safety and Security Considerations in Selecting a Hotel?
By: Hospitality Safety & Security Solutions, Inc.

When considering hotels to host your clients or employees some of the top concerns that you should factor into your decision should be:

1)  Does the hotel have a written fire emergency plan?
2)  In case of evacuation, is there a designated location where attendees or guests will be directed to?
3)  Is  there a written disaster/crisis plan for the hotel?
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. View the Global Congress agenda and download the brochure.


Register today to attend the Global Congress on Travel Risk Management, and receive $100 offfor Early Registration. Early Registration ends September 7, 2012.

Up to 14 credits for CLE and CPE will be offered. HRCI recertification will also be available.

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Conference Spotlights:
Download the Conference Brochure (.pdf)

Duty of Care Sessions

The Global Congress on Travel Risk Management will be placing heavy emphasize on the duty of care businesses have towards their clients and mobile employees. Below lists the different sessions that will be covered at the conference:

Defining the Scope of Duty of Care Owed by Travel Management Companies and Other Travel Agents to Clients
Presented by: Carla Potok, Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne
Jerry Hamilton, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel LLP

Defining our Global Duty of Care to Mobile Employees
Presented by: Carla Potok, Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne
Bill Wright, Fisher & Phillips

Meeting Your Duty of Care in the Transportation Mode: Providing Safe and Secure Ground Transportation for Your Mobile Workforce
Presented by: Bruce McIndoe, iJet International
Kendall Kelly Hayden, Cozen O'Connor
Sheridan Rampaul, Global Ground Transportation

Meeting Your Duty of Care in the Lodging Mode: Providing Safe and Secure Lodging for Your Mobile Workforce
Presented by:Tom Winn, Frontier MEDEX
Brad Bonnell, IHG
James Eiler, Kaiser, Swindells & Eiler

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Research Spotlight: Cruise Risks, Threats & Dangers: A Theory
By: Peter Tarlow, Tourism & More

The present paper explores the world of cruise tourism considering not only the sociological aspects for what many consumers select these types of mobile hotels for their holidays, but also providing with an all encompassed framework to expand the current understanding of risk and mobilities in our times. The modern world, results in an aplitic tendency not necessarily due to the inevitability of risk, but because it introduces new risks for which the past does not provide us guidance from which to find solutions. From this perspective, modernity's tendency to produce rapid change and with it to introduce ever more challenging risks has greatly changed the role of the tourism security expert. Read more

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Mitigating Human Trafficking

This year, attendees of the Global Congress on Travel Risk Management will have an opportunity to make a commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. 

As large purchasers of corporate travel, participants are in a unique position to influence travel partners to sign the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, a corporate responsibility program to end trafficking. Attendees can add a clause in contracts or during initial Requests for Proposals with travel suppliers.

Preference will be given to proposals that address human trafficking and/or facilities that sign on to the ECPAT-USA Tourism Child-Protection Code (www.thecode.org). 

For More Information: Contact ECPAT-USA Private Sector Project Coordinator, Michelle Guelbart at michelle@ecpatusa.org and visit www.ecpatusa.org/thecode.

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Industry Education Supporters

According to Mr. Bruce McIndoe, President of iJet International, "[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 dialogue."

Major industry leaders have partnered with HospitalityLawyer.com to enhance the global travel industry's ability to avoid interruptions and to provide a safe, secure and seamless travel experience by co-hosting and co-sponsoring the Global Congress on Travel Risk Management that will be held in Houston, TX, on October 1-2, 2012.




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