Travel by UK business travellers to high-risk destinations is on the increase, according to new research carried out by the Collinson Group and published in the Business Travel magazine.
There was a 52% increase in the number of visits to destinations experiencing level three security incidents – including terrorist attacks and attempted coups – in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. Tunisia had an increase of 361.5%, Mexico 257%, Lithuania 95.1%, Thailand 62.3%, and Egypt 59.5%.
More research by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), American Express Global Business Travel and Business Traveller magazine indicates that a third of business travellers admit to worrying that a reluctance to travel could hurt their career, leaving us all to wonder how many of the two-thirds worry but don’t want to admit it. Apparently 94% are comfortable expressing their concerns to their bosses.
This research also found that 10% of travellers claimed to be “utterly fearless” regarding terrorism and 25% said they had “very little fear” leaving 65% that admit to being scared, although the majority were more frightened of being mugged, or having a road accident than being attacked by terrorists.