Expedia Corporate Travel survey finds business travelers are taking
measures to ensure safety in a chaotic travel environment
BELLEVUE, Wash., March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Expedia(R) Corporate
Travel today announced the results of a survey of over 1,000 U.S.-based
business travelers that was conducted to better understand their security
concerns while on the road. Business travelers are often thought to be more
travel-savvy then the average person, and in the wake of recent national
security concerns, these travelers have learned to quickly adapt to the
ever-evolving travel landscape.
Safety on the Road
Survey results indicate that an overwhelming 87 percent of business
travelers rank safety and security "somewhat" or "extremely important" when
traveling on business. In addition to safeguards like not carrying valuables
and utilizing amenities including hotel safes while on business trips, the
survey shows that business travelers are taking extra precautions prior to
departure such as monitoring weather conditions, major world events and the
U.S. State Department's travel warnings list.
"It's clear that safety is top-of-mind among business travelers, and as a
travel management company, it's important that we understand their concerns
and the actions they are taking to stay safe on the road," said Rob Greyber,
senior vice president of North America for Expedia Corporate Travel. "Whether
it's researching major world events prior to departure or simply placing
valuables in the hotel safe, business travelers are taking proactive measures
to increase their feeling of security while traveling."
According to the survey, almost 65 percent of respondents believe that
the Middle East poses the largest safety and security risk when traveling,
while a surprising 14 percent of respondents feel that North America poses the
largest safety risk. The Middle East and North America are followed by Africa,
South America, Asia and Europe in order of regions viewed by respondents as
having the highest risk.
In light of recent world events, companies are broadening the scope of
their travel policies to include guidelines for safety and security while
traveling. More than 93 percent of business travelers surveyed believe that it
is important for their company to take proactive measures related to traveler
safety; however, more than 54 percent were unaware of any such measures or
policies at their respective companies.
"Expedia Corporate Travel is not only an extension of our client's travel
management department, but a partner in the quest to keep employees safe and
secure while they're on the road," said Greyber. "We are committed to arming
travelers and travel managers with the tools they need to make smart, informed
decisions prior to and during each business trip."
One of the steps that Expedia Corporate Travel has taken to provide
travel managers with education, help and direction during a crisis is by
creating a strong Emergency Preparedness program. The program is run by a
diverse, highly skilled team who continuously monitors the travel landscape
for potentially significant incidents. A key part of this program is a
process called Travel Tracker which is used to locate a traveler that may be
in an impacted area and has proven to be especially useful during critical
weather and business events such as Hurricane Katrina.
Expedia Corporate Travel also offers an enhanced security program to help
travel managers proactively monitor traveler safety through a partnership with
TranSecur, a global security information provider which offers traveler
tracking tools and access to intelligence services.
"It's amazing how the security landscape has changed since my days in the
Pentagon," said Noel Koch, president and chief executive officer of TranSecur,
former U.S. Department of Defense, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Defense for International Security Affairs and Special Assistant to the
President. "There are new threats on a regular basis and the amount of
information is not only overwhelming, but constantly shifting. Having access
to accurate and actionable data is key to making informed decisions about
risks to corporate operations and personnel around the globe."
As part of the service TranSecur provides, travel managers are able to
access a graphical map of the world with the location of each traveler and
detailed threat level. Additionally, an intelligence service provides a
behind-the-headlines analysis of emerging issues that could be of concern to
About Expedia Corporate Travel
Expedia Corporate Travel is the No. 1 online corporate travel agency and
fifth largest travel management company in the world. As part of Expedia,
Inc., (Nasdaq: EXPE), the world's leading online travel company, empowering
business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to
easily research, plan, book and experience travel, Expedia Corporate Travel
brings together the best of technology and corporate support in a
single-source solution that drives down costs. Business travelers have access
to specialized tools, while companies can take advantage of rich management
and reporting features.
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