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Dos and Don’ts for Monsoon season travel

Many people prefer to travel during the summer months when it is sunny rather than travelling during the monsoon season due to adverse weather conditions. However, you may find yourself travelling during the rainy season, and that should not stop you. Travelling in this season requires a [...]

Using Safeture in Zimbabwe – reassurance in your pocket

A first-person account of using Safeture in Africa. Reading through the online news reports surrounding years of political unrest in Zimbabwe meant that even before arriving in the country, I had a preconception that the capital, Harare, could potentially be a dangerous place. Just over a month [...]

On vacation but not far from work

Most business travelers choose quiet holiday destinations to relax and to escape from working life. However, our figures show that almost 40% of these travelers still check their work emails every day whilst on vacation. With a third of travelers urging their colleagues to maintain contact with [...]

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 [...]

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The implications of the abolishment of presidential term limit in China

A landmark decision was made at China’s annual political sessions in March when the country’s parliament approved a proposal to abolish the 35-year rule of presidential term limits. This effectively means the current President Xi Jinping can rule for life. The abolishment of term limit was hardly surprising as there were already signs that Xi was seeking to extend his term beyond 2023, when he did not name a clear successor at the 19thParty Congress in late 2017. With stunning performance despite the sluggish global economy, the implications of such political change will be felt not only among the [...]

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. […]

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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 is almost inevitable for most businesses. Within the last six months, there have been over 30 threats to international travel ranging from political unrest, civil war, demonstrations and severe weather. The advice given is to stay vigilant, avoid high profile/traffic sites when you travel abroad [...]

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 keep to a tight schedule. There is, however, one thing we don’t talk about when it comes to travel-related stress: travellers are also faced with increased safety risks and inconveniences when on the road. Severe weather events such as hurricanes and floods, wildfires, flight [...]

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. GWS, would like to ask you, how are you ensuring that you are providing the adequate duty of care for your business travellers? We emphasise duty of care for travelling employees because we know that it is essential for the success of any company [...]

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 [...]

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