An important aspect of duty of care is to share travel safety tips with your attendees, tailored to the city or region where you are holding your meeting. Matthew Bradley, regional security director, Americas, at International SOS and Control Risks, shares the following basic tips for meeting attendees.
Maintain a low profile
Don’t draw attention to yourself while in public or share any personal information about your profession or finances. Sharing personal facts increases your risk.
Be aware of cultural differences
Take the time to research the location to which you are traveling so you understand local practices and act appropriately.
Carry contact information
Know who to contact if you’re in a medical or security emergency, a local medical or diplomatic contact. Carry a map and contact information and learn a few phrases in the local language and listen to the news.
Be sure you can make international calls; have a charger that works in that particular country; and pre-program essential contact information. Make sure friends and family know how to stay in touch.
Share your travel documents
Leave copies of your travel documents—such as a passport and itinerary—with someone you trust and carry an extra copy of your passport as well.
The threat of terrorism and natural disasters is far exceeded by the danger of traffic accidents. In fact, vehicle crashes are the number-one hazard for travelers. In many parts of the world, driving is chaotic, streets are crowded and roads are under-maintained. Do not try to drive on your own. Instead, look for a trusted driver, always wear your seatbelt and speak up if you feel unsafe.