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October, 2017

Under new ownership, red24 continues to help expats and biz travelers in world's 'danger zones' | International Investment
Published On 10/11/2017

One of the realities of being an expatriate in 2017 is that the world is an increasingly dangerous place. Even once seemingly sleepy jurisdictions are increasingly fraught with tribal conflicts, the rise of religious fundamentalism, political instability, and a widening gap between the wealthiest and poorest citizens. Here, Charlotte Beugge looks at how the little-reported acquisition last year of one of the best-known of a handful of companies that help to look after expats and business travellers in the world’s danger zones – red24 – has, if at all, affected the business and its range of services, some of which are offered by insurers including April International, Aetna and Allianz Worldwide Care to their own international clients, as part of their coverage. 

What Americans Need to Know About Travel to Turkey | The New York Times
Published On 10/10/2017

iJET's Jim Duck, a senior intelligence analyst, recently spoke with The New York Times regarding the governments in both Turkey and the United States abruptly suspending visitor visas between the two countries. Read what experts have to say about the increasing tensions between the two countries, how long visa suspensions are expected to last, and whether or not it is safe to visit Turkey at this time.

Don't Expect to See Major Security Changes at Casinos Following Las Vegas Shooting | NY Daily News
Published On 10/10/2017

As new details about the deadly Las Vegas shooting emerge, hotels and casino properties continue to grapple with how to deal with security and guests who are a potential threat. Gunman Stephen Paddock shot security guard Jesus Campos in the leg before he killed at least 58 concert goers from his Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hotel room, police said Monday night.

Safe TravelRx | Business Travel News
Published On 10/09/2017

Ask someone at a small or midsize enterprise why the company doesn't have a duty of care solution, and that person most likely will cite the price tag. In October, startup SafeTravelRx will launch an affordable travel risk management mobile solution for Android and iOS. Costs for travel management companies, before their reselling markups, will be $1.50 per trip up to $3 per trip with upgrades. SafeTravelRx CEO Ron DiLeo told BTN's JoAnn DeLuna how it makes travel risk management affordable.

iJET International Shares Insights on Hotel Security Post-Vegas Shooting | Meetings & Conventions Magazine
Published On 10/05/2017

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, M&C's Michael H. Shapiro spoke with Michael Susong, senior vice president of global risk services for iJET International. On whether large hotels will be on a higher threat level and employ new technology, Michael Susong notes, "If I had to predict, I'd say no, for a couple of reasons. The technology can be bought, but it's the training and the vigilance of your teams or your staff to use it properly that's important."

After Las Vegas shooting, hotels scrutinize security in a new way | Express News
Published On 10/04/2017

After the shooting in Las Vegas left 59 dead and hundreds injured, some local hotel executives say they are reviewing their security policies to make sure they’re prepared to handle all types of attacks. Bruce McIndoe, president of iJET International, which does international security audits at hotels, said metal detectors and body scanners aren’t cost-effective for hotels. They require at two people to operate them, and most hotels are open 24/7, he said. McIndoe said it’s more realistic for hotels to make smaller changes to their security policies. “There are things that hotels could do to reduce the likelihood of something like this happening,” McIndoe said. “And it’s not so much checking bags.” For example, McIndoe said hotels should frequently check visitors’ rooms to make sure there are no weapons or illicit activity, like the Palacio del Rio does.

Hotel Security In The Spotlight After Deadly Las Vegas Shooting | Forbes
Published On 10/03/2017

The Las Vegas attack will spur some immediate changes to security protocols, iJet International President Bruce McIndoe told CNBC. The company performs as many as 400 hotel security audits globally each year.

McIndoe said it is likely that hotels will train their security surveillance staff to scrutinize customers with items such as fishing gear, skis and other long, thin items that could be rifles.

Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman | Fox Business News
Published On 10/03/2017

During his interview, Michael Susong, Senior Vice President of Global Risk Security & Intelligence, discussed balancing the customer experience with hotel security and maintaining people’s safety, privacy issues when it comes to heightened monitoring of rooms and people's personal belongings, as well as what hotels can do on a smaller scale to prevent incidents like this from happening again.

Managing the New Dynamics of Terrorism | Risk Management Magazine
Published On 10/02/2017

Business travel continues to steadily increase and tourism is still at a healthy level, but recent incidents have impacted certain destinations such as France and Turkey, and surveys indicate more travelers are considering terrorism when choosing a destination. Whatever the itinerary, both organizations and individuals should create processes to continually evaluate their risk profile and implement appropriate risk management strategies.

Here's how hotel security might change after the deadliest shooting in US history | CNBC
Published On 10/02/2017

According to Bruce McIndoe, iJET President, the rapid response from local law enforcement actually suggested that the security procedures taken by police were successful.

"The security measures that are in place especially in Vegas worked," he said. McIndoe noted that Las Vegas has a 24-hour standing SWAT team and that it was able to neutralize the alleged shooter quickly. Had that not been the case, he said, there would have been a far higher death toll.

"That doesn't minimize the fact that a lot of people died," he said.

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