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Demand for Travel Security Advice Increases By Over 800% In A Decade

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As global business travel continues to increase at a rapid pace, International SOS and Control Risks in April 2018 published insight into the importance of travel security support to the business traveler. In the past two years alone, demand for security advice has grown by almost 30%, and has had an 800% increase since 2008¹. On average, over 100 business travelers and international assignees a day have been supported with advice2 in the past year.

David Johnson, CEO of Security Services at International SOS, comments, “Globalization and an increasing emphasis on Duty of Care has brought the necessity of robust security risk management programs to the forefront of the corporate agenda, and business leaders have become increasingly aware that this is an essential aspect of business resilience.”

International SOS and Control Risks celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their strategic alliance in March 2018, the longest running of its kind and the industry’s first. According to the companies, since launch it has supported members with over 5.3m pre-travel advisories and over 100,000 situation development / crisis alerts.

Since launching the partnership in 2008, International SOS and Control Risks have created products aimed at keeping business travelers and international assignees safe while overseas. Their traveler tracking tool TravelTracker has over 2,000 clients who are in a position to locate over 3 million employees on demand.

Multi-lingual platforms including Digital Learning, classroom training simulations and a range of further digital travel risk mitigation services serve as a complement to the International SOS Assistance offering, providing members with web-based tools to understand and prepare for all medical, security and travel risks. Combinations of these services offer the capability to help clients fulfill their Duty of Care to their travelers and include expert-led medical and security intelligence for over 227 countries and 410 cities.

1 & 2:  Based on the volume of travel security calls taken by aggregated data from International Assistance call centers, regional offices and subsidiaries since base year of 2008.

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