AmEx names business travel danger spots

Port Moresby, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Dhaka and Istanbul are among the highest-risk cities that Australian business travellers have regularly visited in the past year, according to American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).
The Business Travel Alert Map, created by GBT and iJet, features data from all air bookings made directly with GBT for Australia-based travellers between March 2016 and February 2017.
 
This data was analysed by travel risk management company iJET International. Segmented by highest risk overall, highest increased risk, and highest risk within APAC, the map identifies cities that are considered 'at risk'.
 
Jo Sully, vice president and general manager American Express GBT ANZ said: “Despite ongoing global unrest, business travel remains an essential revenue driver for companies. Recently, research has indicated employees are reporting heightened anxiety when travelling, and that the number of destinations causing concern also has risen.
 
“With this in mind, it’s absolutely expected that companies fulfil their duty of care obligations by taking action to mitigate risk and provide employee support. Knowing where travellers are is expected, but the ability to communicate with them during travel disruptions and other crises is equally important.”
 
Top 5 highest risk cities for Australian business travellers
 
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: High crime rates and poor security are common in Port Moresby, where most expatriates live in gated compounds. It is common practice to drive through red traffic lights at night to avoid carjackings. Many crimes against foreign nationals have been recorded in recent months. Corruption among law enforcement is high. Civil unrest also occurs regularly, and the police and security forces often struggle with effective crowd control during unrest and riots, leading to additional risk to business travellers.
 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Tourist neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro are interspersed with slums that have high crime rates, meaning business travellers can easily wander into dangerous areas unawares. Gang activity within the city has also led to indiscriminate shootings. Political upheaval and corruption have resulted in significant civil unrest since the 2016 Summer Olympics
 
Johannesburg, South Africa: While Durban, another South African city, has a higher crime rate overall, it is more concentrated within business areas in Johannesburg. 'Follow robberies', where criminals follow business travellers from airports or shopping centres, occur regularly. Local police are also poorly trained in crowd control, which can lead to escalating violence during periods of civil unrest.
 
Dhaka, Bangladesh: Groups operating in Dhaka have been found to have links to terrorists, including Islamic State. A terror attack in July 2016 killed 18 foreign nationals. Dhaka also experiences high crime and regular civil unrest.
 
Istanbul, Turkey: There were five terrorist attacks between March 2016 and February 2017, several of which targeted civilians. Islamic State supporters are believed to operate in Turkey, and may increase in number as an offensive against the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq pushes them across the border. A failed coup in 2016 led to a crackdown on opposition figures and security personnel, forcing Turkey to bring in less familiar law enforcement from other parts of the country. Civil unrest occurs periodically and often leads to clashes with police.
 

 

AmEx names business travel danger spots

Port Moresby, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Dhaka and Istanbul are among the highest-risk cities that Australian business travellers have regularly visited in the past year, according to American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).
The Business Travel Alert Map, created by GBT and iJet, features data from all air bookings made directly with GBT for Australia-based travellers between March 2016 and February 2017.
 
This data was analysed by travel risk management company iJET International. Segmented by highest risk overall, highest increased risk, and highest risk within APAC, the map identifies cities that are considered 'at risk'.
 
Jo Sully, vice president and general manager American Express GBT ANZ said: “Despite ongoing global unrest, business travel remains an essential revenue driver for companies. Recently, research has indicated employees are reporting heightened anxiety when travelling, and that the number of destinations causing concern also has risen.
 
“With this in mind, it’s absolutely expected that companies fulfil their duty of care obligations by taking action to mitigate risk and provide employee support. Knowing where travellers are is expected, but the ability to communicate with them during travel disruptions and other crises is equally important.”
 
Top 5 highest risk cities for Australian business travellers
 
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: High crime rates and poor security are common in Port Moresby, where most expatriates live in gated compounds. It is common practice to drive through red traffic lights at night to avoid carjackings. Many crimes against foreign nationals have been recorded in recent months. Corruption among law enforcement is high. Civil unrest also occurs regularly, and the police and security forces often struggle with effective crowd control during unrest and riots, leading to additional risk to business travellers.
 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Tourist neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro are interspersed with slums that have high crime rates, meaning business travellers can easily wander into dangerous areas unawares. Gang activity within the city has also led to indiscriminate shootings. Political upheaval and corruption have resulted in significant civil unrest since the 2016 Summer Olympics
 
Johannesburg, South Africa: While Durban, another South African city, has a higher crime rate overall, it is more concentrated within business areas in Johannesburg. 'Follow robberies', where criminals follow business travellers from airports or shopping centres, occur regularly. Local police are also poorly trained in crowd control, which can lead to escalating violence during periods of civil unrest.
 
Dhaka, Bangladesh: Groups operating in Dhaka have been found to have links to terrorists, including Islamic State. A terror attack in July 2016 killed 18 foreign nationals. Dhaka also experiences high crime and regular civil unrest.
 
Istanbul, Turkey: There were five terrorist attacks between March 2016 and February 2017, several of which targeted civilians. Islamic State supporters are believed to operate in Turkey, and may increase in number as an offensive against the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq pushes them across the border. A failed coup in 2016 led to a crackdown on opposition figures and security personnel, forcing Turkey to bring in less familiar law enforcement from other parts of the country. Civil unrest occurs periodically and often leads to clashes with police.