Last reviewed 11 December 2018

The latest edition of the Travel Risk Map for 2019 has been launched by the risk specialists International SOS and Control Risks, highlighting the latest medical and security risk ratings of destinations worldwide.

As the Travel Risk Map was published, International SOS noted other research which indicates that a significant number of business decision-makers expect travel risks to rise in 2019 despite a decrease year-on-year over the past three years.

  • 47% say travel risks have increased over the past year.

  • 45% say that risks have stayed the same over the last year (2018).

  • 43% expect travel risks to increase in 2019.

While employees’ demands and expectations are constantly evolving, research has indicated that corporate travel policies are not keeping up with the changing needs of a modern workforce.

  • Only a third (33%) of organisations cover cyber security in their travel policy.

  • Just over a quarter (26%) cover considerations for female travellers.

  • 18% cover leisure travel and 14% shared economy services.

  • Considerations for travellers with disabilities or mental health issues are covered by 10% and 11% of travel policies respectively.

  • Considerations for LGBTQ travellers are covered by just 9% of travel policies.

Sally Napper, Security Specialist at International SOS and Control Risks said, “Almost half of decision-makers believe that travel risks will increase next year. Our research reveals that the evolving travel habits of the modern workforce are being overlooked by many organisations. Ensuring policies stay relevant to the needs of a modern workforce helps to keep your people safer and better informed, and also demonstrates the continuing importance of adaptive risk management programmes — and could help win board approval and support for other initiatives.”