A recent study finds that one in three (31%) international business travelers are concerned for their personal safety. According to the International Business Traveler Study issued by Europ Assistance USA (EA USA), 27 percent are also anxious about potential terrorism or radicalism events. And while nearly three of four (74%) destinations are in Europe, 82 percent of these travelers perceive the Middle East and North Africa to be the most risky place to visit in the coming year.
The EA USA study also identified additional concerns and experiences of these travelers, as well as their level of preparedness should one of these events occur. According to the study, half (51%) of the respondents experienced a medical need while traveling, with the majority (55 %) falling ill. One in two (51%) experienced a national disaster, while nearly a third (28%) encountered personal safety or security issues.
Many of these business travelers, in fact, feel unprepared for issues that could impact their health and safety. One third (33%) are not sure how they would handle political unrest or riots, nearly one in three (30%) feel unready for a natural disaster, one quarter aren’t sure they could obtain a prescription refill (24%) or find help during a medical emergency (25%), and one in five (19%) don’t feel confident they could locate a local doctor. Notably, the most experienced travelers (those with 10 or more trips per year) express the highest levels of concern, although all groups are reporting increased anxiety over last year.
The good news is that travelers under a corporate duty of care program tend to feel more prepared than those without, and by a wide margin – at least 10 percentage points or more across all indicators. A third of the respondents said their company does not offer a duty of care program, but of those that don’t more than half (53%) said they would definitely or probably use the services if offered.
Check out all the interesting statistics in the infographic below: