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Business travel hit by rise in ‘major’ incidents

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The number of major global incidents has tripled in the last two years compared to previous years, according to a new report from security specialist Anvil.

The report, launched today at the Business Travel Show in London, found that more than 24,000 incidents were reported from May 2014 to May 2015, including 1,359 “high risk” events and 69,000 requests for medical assistance.

Anvil said the most common requests for assistance from clients came after terrorist attacks, violent protests and disorder, natural disasters and fatal air crashes.

But the report, entitled A World of Risk, A World of Opportunity, also found that clients were “just as concerned” about road, rail and airline delays, as well as weather-orientated disruption.

Matthew Judge, Anvil’s group managing director, said: “Our research shows that in 2014 and 2015, the number of major global incidents was three times higher than the total of each of the five previous.

“Our analysts report approximately three incidents every hour, alerting our clients to events that could impact the safety of their people or security of other assets.

“Businesses need to be increasingly risk-savvy. They need to make risk part of their daily business calculations and respond accordingly.

“Furthermore, they must ensure their people understand their approach, while sharing responsibility for risk management across multiple departments.”

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