Tracking systems help reduce business travel risks
05 February 2009 13:47
As well as taking out travel insurance for business trips, companies should also consider investing in a good tracking system to trace their employees during emergencies, it has been claimed.
Travel insurance can help firms recuperate their costs in the aftermath of an event, but a travel tracking system is still useful because it allows them to ensure that travelling staff are complying with company policies, reducing the risk that a claim will be needed.
Speaking on the importance of the systems, Gill Upton - editor of the Business Travel Magazine - explained that businesses need to have good tracking and management information about where their travelling employees are.
"If they are meant to fly with airline A and stay at hotel B, they should still be there so if any emergency takes place, they know exactly where their travellers are and they can deal with them very quickly," she said.
Ms Upton also advised employees travelling abroad to "have their wits about them and not go around looking like wealthy foreign tourists," so as to avoid the risk that they might be targeted by thieves.
Meanwhile, research from the Business travel Coalition revealed in the final stages of last year that more than a quarter (25.4 per cent) of companies had been forced to make travel cuts as a direct result of the economic crisis.