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Health and safety on business trips is main concern for managers, says ABTA

Health, medical issues, safety and security were the main worries for managers sending staff on business trips

ABTA, the travel association, has revealed that 57 per cent of managers’ main concerns for their staff on business trips revolve around potential threats to health or safety. 

Other concerns include potential security threats, health and medical concerns, harassment or violence against staff, natural disasters and severe weather conditions.

Victoria Bacon ABTA director of brand and business development said: “Travel management companies have a vital role to play in supporting their clients to ensure that staff travelling on business have the best possible information and support. 

“ABTA member travel companies benefit from out of hours crisis management support along with email operational bulletins. ABTA’s team monitors events around the world and provides updates exclusively to ABTA Members, as well as passing on changes to Foreign Office advice as soon as they occur.”

In other results from the research, potential harassment or violence against staff was a concern for 35 per cent of respondents and a further 35 per cent were concerned about natural disasters and severe weather conditions. 

Other issues of concern for managers included organising the correct entry documents at 53 per cent, misunderstanding of local culture at 33 per cent and accessibility for staff with a disability, at 25 per cent.

Business travel is an important sector of ABTA membership with one in six ABTA members counting business travel as their principal business. 38 of the 50 largest travel management companies in the UK are ABTA members with a combined turnover of £10.4 billion. 

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