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How to prepare for travel risks when going abroad

Travelling to a new destination is exciting but can also make us anxious, especially when it comes to personal safety. All over the world there are various travel risks, and security threats in one country can be different in another. In fact, in recent years we have [...]

How to manage international travel in a time of insecurity

The news out of Texas, New York and Colorado in the past two weeks has been worrying, to say the least. New York City is one of the world´s business centres hosting headquarters of some of the world´s largest companies and organisations, meaning travelling to the city [...]

How to stay at ease as a frequent business traveller

Global business travel is an increasingly growing market - more and more people travel for work to all corners of the world. But work trips can be stressful. As a frequent business traveller, work tends to be fast-paced, with the constant need to review your itinerary and [...]

Five reasons why every company should prioritise duty of care for travelling employees

Duty of care is today recognised as part of many companies´ policies and processes for dealing with potential risks in the workplace. This provision, however, becomes far more complicated when the workplace today is more mobile and could be anywhere in the world at a given time. [...]

Political divisions reveal heightened risk of unrest in the US

Since the election of Donald J. Trump as the president in November 2016, the US has been witnessing a significant rise in the number of protests across the country that sometimes turned violent and resulted in clashes between pro and anti- Trump supporters. The protests in Charlottesville [...]

Achieving peace of mind in modern day working life

Today´s working life is very fast paced making it easy to sideline the importance of achieving peace of mind at work. Arguably, it may seem impossible to achieve peace of mind in modern day working life. At GWS we believe it is simply possible and that is [...]

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Informative analysis of militancy in Southern Philippines

The case of jihadist militancy in Southern Philippines came to worldwide media attention when the battle between IS-linked militants and army troops for Marawi heightened, although the problem has been ongoing for decades. This paper presents an analysis of incidents linked to jihadist extremism between 2015-2017 in jihadist militant activity and identifies trends based on the type and geographical distribution. The results indicate that there has been an increase in activity as well as attempts by militant elements to expand into new territories. On 23 May 2017 Philippine forces launched a raid in Marawi in the Southern Mindanao region [...]

Myanmar: Ongoing insurgencies and implications on local and regional security

This analysis provides an understanding of the ongoing ethnic insurgencies in Myanmar as well as associated security risks. The insurgencies loosely referred to as an "Internal Conflict" in Myanmar has been plaguing the country ever since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1948. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate as well as the state counsellor of Myanmar paid a visit to Rakhine in early November despite the continuing exodus of Rohingya people fleeing from ethnic conflict in the state. Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit came amidst mounting criticism of her administration for discriminating the Rohingya people [...]

Counter terrorism in a mobile app

There have been many high-profile terrorist attacks around the world, leaving people feeling uncertain about traveling. On the other hand, the travel industry isn’t slowing down, which shows that people still want to travel. Per new research from WTTC, global travel and tourism continues to grow, despite the challenges the industry faces. The result, now more travelers are turning to mobile apps for their personal travel safety. Information is vital in emergency situations, and travel security apps can provide alerts in real-time. During the moments when travelers need them most. […]

How can mobile apps help travelers stay safe during a media shutdown?

Travelers are often advised to monitor local media outlets; however, what should travelers do when local media is considered not free? Safeture, a mobile app, was able to keep travelers informed during the failed coup d’état in Turkey. Users were able to avoid clashes when local media was shutdown and social media was blocked. For more information, download our white paper: Media Shutdown Whitepaper GWS Communications Manager Contact our Sales team to try Safeture Pro and our Travel Management Platform Sales at GWS [...]

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Political divisions reveal heightened risk of unrest in the US

Since the election of Donald J. Trump as the president in November 2016, the US has been witnessing a significant rise in the number of protests across the country that sometimes turned violent and resulted in clashes between pro and anti- Trump supporters. The protests in Charlottesville were in fact dominated by two opposing groups namely the far-right groups such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), neo-Nazis and neo-Confederates among others as well as anti-racist groups that comprise of Antifa, Black Lives Matter (BLM) and National Council of Churches. Unrest and [...]

Achieving peace of mind in modern day working life

Today´s working life is very fast paced making it easy to sideline the importance of achieving peace of mind at work. Arguably, it may seem impossible to achieve peace of mind in modern day working life. At GWS we believe it is simply possible and that is why we created Safeture. Safeture is the flagship for GWS, we aim to make the ease of doing business globally feel peaceful. We focus on providing a service that takes care of any company´s most valuable assets that is its employees. Creating peace of mind [...]

Monitoring militant activity in Marawi and Mindanao province

On 24th May, 2017 a large number of heavily armed militants attacked the city of Marawi in Philippines southern region of Mindanao and took control over parts of the city. As of 13th July army operations to regain control over the city and oust the militants were still underway. Several hundred people have been killed in the fighting and casualty figures are expected to increase as the toll on civilians in the area becomes clear. As the first reports of the assault on Marawi appeared GWS-Safeture sent out a high-level alert [...]

Mobile Apps and Counter Terrorism

The number of high profile terrorist incidents around the world have left people feeling uncertain about traveling. In response to this many people are turning to the growing travel security market to ensure their safety abroad. Mobile apps are becoming a popular choice, as they are designed for personal travel security, without the large cost. Providing vital information with real-time alerts. The terror attack in Nice, on July 14th 2016, illustrated that the risk of terrorism is still present. France is an extremely popular travel destination, with around 80 million tourists visiting the [...]

How to stay informed during a media shutdown

After the failed coup d’état in Turkey on July 15th, Turkey’s government, and its institutions are now starting to normalize, even though the after effects are still being felt. The seriousness of this event asks many travelers and locals alike, how do you stay safe and informed during a media shutdown? During the failed coup d’état, international media was able to report on events in Turkey, but many travelers said that it was difficult to find information. Many information sources ranging from social media to traditional media were heavily censored or [...]

There’s an app for that! Duty-of-Care and business travel

Security risks are an ever present factor when you travel. After the latest’s terror attacks in Europe many are understandably worried. Depending on where you travel natural disasters, crime and diseases are also a cause for concern, and business travelers are no exception. Still, global business travel is currently a $1.2 trillion market, and it is expected to reach $1.6 trillion by 2020. While the sector continues to grow, business travel is changing. Risk management is increasingly becoming an integral part of many companies travel preparations. Not surprisingly – protecting your employees [...]

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