Local businesses terrorised by leisure and business travellers

Local businesses terrorised by leisure and business travellers

Whilst there has been repeated and comprehensive reporting on known terrorist groups targeting public and tourism locations by way of bombings, shootings, stabbings and the use of vehicles as a weapon, there is a growing group of non-state actors terrorizing local businesses that have gone largely unacknowledged or reported. This group is known as leisure…

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Integrated Security [Example] Airline Operations

Integrated Security [Example] Airline Operations

Airlines operate within high visibility of consumers, passengers, and various domestic/international regulatory agencies. In order to provide a service, however, there are numerous ‘back office’ functions and systems required to deliver such services. Both aspects must be inclusive of the enterprise security strategy. In addition to this all-inclusive approach, priority application and security support/coverage decisions…

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Bliesure, open booking and other b*^#$(#@ business travel terms impacting travel safety

Have you noticed a run of new buzzwords in the business travel sector in recent years? Contracted words like “Bliesure” taken from business & leisure, simplified terms such “open bookings” used for the book any where crowd an other industry phrases typically created by travel management companies or travel providers? Is anyone stopping to examine…

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Cheap or safe? Which is more important for business travel? [Video]

Cheap or safe? Which is more important for business travel? [Video]

Business travel is an ever-changing landscape of choice, deals, tradeoffs and affordability. This landscape is dominated by the financial choices associated with travel costs or travel savings. From the very beginning of all this is the “choice” of travel safety. Regardless of whether it is present in the mind of the decision maker or even…

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Executive Security Management: Recruitment Mistakes

Executive Security Management: Recruitment Mistakes

Has anyone experienced or noted what has become the standard in the recruitment of commercial, executive security management roles in recent years? I’m talking about the Global, VP, Regional or Multi-jurisdiction roles for security professionals? A sad, dangerous and routinely wrong process has become commonplace as commercial entities seek out security leadership and executive management…

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Horrified and shocked today, forgotten tomorrow: Global Terror and Security Cycle

Horrified and shocked today, forgotten tomorrow: Global Terror and Security Cycle

It may seem at times that there is a never ending and escalating occurrence of transnational security and/or international terrorism events but it is more a correlation between media reporting and social interest. Fierce competition between traditional and online ‘content” has been waging for years, with each existing or new entity desperate for ratings, increased…

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Are “Bleisure” Travellers Taxation Cheats? [Video]

Are bleisure travellers taxation cheats

Business travel is a legitimate taxation credit or deduction for your business. But what if the traveller doesn’t declare additional travel or an extended stay as a “fringe benefit”? You have effectively misreported your taxable income. The business has also helped the traveller avoid paying taxation if they don’t declare the “leisure” portion of the…

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Travel safety: When did companies give up on millennials and young employees? [Video]

When did companies give up on millennials and young or new employees.travel safety

Consider this…. Your company has standards, regulations and even compliance requirements. There are rules, there are procedures, all borne from experience and necessary controls….even safety. So, if someone joined your company tomorrow, and didn’t understand these rules or felt they inhibited their personal opportunities for success, would you just them do their own thing and…

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Travel Safety and The Sharing Economy Hypocrisy [Video]

Travel Safety and The Sharing Economy Hypocrisy

Consider this…. Jane works at your company and has a chronic pain problem so she has recently started using medical marijuana to ease her suffering. However, it isn’t yet legal in your state or many other parts of the country. It is also legal/not legal in many parts of the world. Would you just let…

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What Are Business Travellers and Business Travel Worth? [Video]

What are Business Travellers and their Travel “Worth”? [Video].Start Image

There is greater value and cost involved in business travel than just the price of tickets, accommodation, and transport. If you have a travel policy that covers all travellers equally, regardless of value… it is ineffective and dangerous as you aren’t managing “risk” based on “asset value”. Not all travellers are “valued” the same. Not…

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Australian Aviation and Air Travel – Market Analysis [2017] 4D Consulting

Australian Aviation and Air Travel - Market Analysis [2017] 4D Consulting

Want to know what is happening in the Australian Aviation/Air Travel sector? 4D Consulting has completed some extensive analysis and published their annual report. Here is their update from the Recent CAPA/ACTE Travel summit in Melbourne.   Australian Aviation and Air Travel – Market Analysis [2017] 4D Consulting from Intelligent Travel

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Travel & Tourism Sector: 2018 Demand v Supply – Implications for Travel Buyers

Travel & Tourism Sector: 2018 Demand v Supply – Implications for Travel Buyers

What does 2018 look like for travel buyers in the Australasia market? Ord Minnett recently provided financial analysis and research at the recent CAPA/ACTE travel summit in Melbourne. Many will find this useful. Travel & Tourism Sector: 2018 Demand v Supply – Implications for Travel Buyers from Intelligent Travel

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Asia Pacific Travel Market Analysis [2017] – Sabre

Asia Pacific Traveller. Sabre

At the recent CAPA/ACTE Travel Summit in Melbourne, Sabre shared some valuable research and insight into the Asia Pacific Travel market in 2017. The travel market is booming: Asia Pacific now has the largest tourism industry globally by GDP contribution and employment. Asia Pacific Travel Market Analysis [2017] – Sabre from Intelligent Travel  

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200,000 individual travel safety assessment for Serko

200,000 individual travel safety assessments for Serko https://howsafe.is/

This week we have passed a major milestone. We have successfully delivered over 200,000 individual travel safety assessments and ratings to Serko, in particular, their Serko.Travel platform [mobile users]. We look forward to the new desktop application launch and further supporting the growing number of business domestic/international travellers. For more information on our personal, automated…

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BAD things happen to GOOD people sometimes

BAD things happen to GOOD people. If only they knew the risks before they travel #travelsafety

BAD things happen to GOOD people sometimes. If only they knew the risks before they travel https://howsafe.is/

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How Safe Is Your Next Trip? Compare Your Options

In order to “rate” how safe something is [such as travel], you need to consider some facts and then determine if the “risk” is too high for you to travel or you may have to “modify” something in your plans to make is “safer”. How do you do that?  Consider how prepared YOU are for…

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Aviation and Corporate Travel Summit – Melbourne, Australia

Buyers and providers of international business/corporate travel will converge in Melbourne Australia, along with travel/tourism industry leaders, innovators, and experts for an amazing focus on aviation and travel. I big thank you for CAPA and ACTE for including Intelligent Travel in this limited, annual event. >>Click Here<< to register or find out more Topics include [but…

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Emergency location sharing and tracking nearly ANY mobile user can activate NOW

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In the event of emergency, accident and even terrorist attack there is a fast, free and extremely effective option for sharing your location with one or more points of contact that nearly ANY mobile user can activate right now. Any mobile device that has Google Maps installed [nearly everyone these days] can quickly access and…

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The Impact of Terrorist Attacks on Tourism-Based Economies [Video]

The Impact of Terrorist Attacks on Tourism-Based Economies [Video]

Video presentation, as presented in part at the APEC Workshop On Strengthening Tourism Resilience Against The Impact Of Terrorist Attack [May 17] – Impact of Terrorist Attacks on Tourism-Based Economies [Video] https://howsafe.is/

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APEC Workshop: Strengthening Tourism Business Resilience Against The Impact Of A Terrorist Attack

Tourism and terrorism.APEC.Bali.May 17

Thank you again to APEC, DFAT, Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister; Head of Counter Terrorism, Bali’s Chief of Police and the Governor of Bali for including our CEO, Tony Ridley as a speaker at the Strengthening Tourism Business Resilience Against The Impact of Terrorist Attack, held in Bali this week.  

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The Impact of Terrorist Attacks on Tourism-Based Economies [Presentation]

The Impact of a Terrorist Attack on Tourism-Based Economies

Intelligent Travel’s CEO and founder, Tony Ridley will be joining an international panel of experts, addressing the effects of terrorism on tourism and means in which to strengthen tourism and business resilience  

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The Circuit: Global VIP & Executive Protection [Past 10 Years]

The Circuit: Global VIP & Executive Protection [Past 10 Years]

The “Circuit” is the colloquial and often misused term for the international network of specialist VIP and executive protection individuals, usually relative to hostile environments and the more “risky” commercial theaters. It’s early days was very much former UK special forces, officers and select UK police units but since the US-led invasion into Iraq it…

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Consulting: Too Clever for Clients

Consulting: Too Clever for Clients

Nothing happens until there is a sale. There is no sale unless there is an opportunity and the opportunity is that which is understood to benefit the buyer. If you don’t make the opportunity/offer clear, there is no sale, no matter what you sell or how good a consultant you are. Not to mention, you…

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20 typical human thinking biases that threaten personal safety

20 Typical Human Thinking Biases That Threaten Personal Safety

We would all like to think that we make rational and well-thought-out decisions, based on the best available information at hand when it comes to our own personal safety. Some of us would also like to believe that with age, so too comes a degree of wisdom that assists us in making “better decisions”. Sadly,…

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Gold Mining Security – Governments, Ministries, Unions, NGO and other influences

Gold Mining Security - Governments, Ministries, Unions, NGO and other influences

Like the proverbial “lightning rod”, gold mining enterprises attract a plethora of state, community, and ethical-based groups, no matter how remote or profitable the endeavor may be. Which side of the business enabler or inhibitor equation the respective body represents may swing back and forth, even worse their involvement may result in nothing but disruption…

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Gold Mining Security – Journey Risk Management

Gold mining security - Journey Risk Management

Gold mines are rarely as conveniently located as supermarkets or general office buildings, therefore they require long distance commutes to and from the area of operations and main mining or production areas. This means that the gold mining entity’s greatest value/yield individuals are frequently commuting back and forth from their usual home domicile and the…

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Gold Mining Security: Gold and Other Valuables

Gold Mining Security: Gold and Other Valuables

To the outsider, the protection and preservation of gold may seem obvious when it comes to gold mining security. However, the issue is far more complex that you might initially perceive, with gold and other valuable metals found in varying forms, concentrations, and accessibility throughout the gold mining enterprise. It is also worth remembering that…

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VIP & Executive Protection in hostile/emerging environments: A new profit centre

VIP & Executive Protection in hostile/emerging environments: A new profit centre

The ability for a business to expand market share or open up new commercial channels in emerging and even hostile environments can be worth millions, sometimes hundreds of millions. It is no surprise then that one of keys to success, and often a closely guarded secret, is how VIP/Executive protection is utilized as a profit…

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VIP & Executive Protection: Multi-Team Management

VIP & Executive Protection: Multi Team Management

The moment you are managing two or more VIP/Executive protection tasks simultaneously you are running a business, delivering a technical service. This fact is often not recognized by technical professionals or it represents the single point of failure for those that move up from close personal protection professional. Despite the courses, training, and experience attainable…

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Gold Mining Security: Safety Versus Security

Gold Mining Security: Safety Versus Security

Safety and security for gold mining entities, much like many other extraction, energy, and construction industries are separate disciplines, focusing on different benefits and vulnerabilities within the business, however, they tend to get blurred, overlap and at times absorbed into one. This is a consistent guarantee of failure, no matter how common the practice. Safety…

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Executive & VIP Protection: Hostile Environments

Executive & VIP Protection: Hostile Environments

Many VIPs, Executives, and even providers believe that hostile environments are defined by geography or universal threats such as violent cities or areas of armed conflict. This is both wrong and dangerous, leading Executives/VIPs to only engage protective services when exposed in those locations or circumstances, whilst placing them at significant risk on a routine…

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Gold Mining Security: Guards, Military, Police and Security Providers

Gold Mining Security: Guards, Military, Police and Security Providers

It stands to reason that a gold mining entity will require security guards but at some point, a determination will need to be made as to whether this function or service is provided by an outsourced provider or direct hires. Both the consideration of in-house/outsource and that of where and how they will be engaged…

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Gold Mining Security: Physical Security

Gold Mining Security: Physical Security

Whilst it may seem obvious that on a gold mine the highest priority and focus is on the protection of gold, however, there are numerous other areas, activities, and assets that need physical security considerations. Sometimes, even greater priority than the gold itself. The very nature of a gold mining site means the there are…

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Gold Mining Security: Illegal Mining Activities

Gold Mining Security: Illegal Mining Activities

From the moment you commence exploration, obtain mining rights or establish your gold mining operations you will attract illegal mining activity. These are those that operate without the same rules, approvals, safety, equipment and permissions as your approved business entity. They may range from a few random individuals panning in creek beds to groups using…

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Gold Mining Security: Stakeholder Management

Gold Mining Security: Stakeholder Management

Regardless of whether your business is still at exploration stage or you have a well established, fully operational gold mining and production entity; one of the essential elements for successful security management is stakeholder management. If you can’t reference a complete, high-level stakeholder map/visual with all the positive and negative influences or stakeholders affecting your gold…

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Is Australia “Ready”? Terrorism, Violent Crimes & Safety/Security Threats

In recent years, Australia has been confronted with a number of contemporary threats ranging from natural disasters, violent crimes and transnational safety/security threats. In the wake of the response to these events, some professionals are questioning “is Australia ready” for current and future threats such as natural disasters, terrorism, violent crimes and other safety/security threats?…

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Travel Safety & Security Tip #4 – Risk management systems, for everyone [Audio]

Far too many businesses and managers believe they have adequate travel safety mechanisms in place but it is often not that hard to demonstrate a “class system” whereby travel risk management is only applied to a select few, using an exclusive process and exposing everyone to even greater risk. A travel safety management system should…

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Travel Safety and Security Management Tip #3 – Noise versus the signals [Audio]

There is ample information circulating in order to identify and respond to various travel safety threats and hazards. The question is, can you separate the noise from the signals. That is, those specific events and warnings that have profound and significant impact upon travellers, not just the usual “warnings and alerts” noise? Travel Safety and…

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Travel Safety & Security Management Tip #2 – Hazard and threat identification [Audio]

How do you identify a travel hazard or threat? Do your travellers know how to do it also or is it just a management skill? Consider this basic fact, if you can’t identify the hazard/threat in the first instance, how can you consider yourself “safe”? Travel Safety & Security Management Tip #2 – Hazard and…

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Travel Safety & Security Management Tip #1- Financial, efficiency and safety [Audio]

Travel Safety & Security Management Tip #1- Financial, efficiency, and safety Effective travel safety management isn’t just about safety, if conducted as an enterprise risk management initiative it can also result in significant financial returns, business efficiencies and people safety. Is it safe to travel?

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