For a meeting and event planner, travel safety is the number one priority in event planning. There’s no doubt that we now live in a world where safety is, or has become, a concern when traveling abroad. And in the world of event planning, it’s always one of the first components of the program that gets addressed. Safety 1st should be at the top of a meeting planner’s checklist.
Of course there’s a fine line between highlighting corporate travel safety and making corporate travelers feel uncomfortable, or unsafe as it were. So of course when the topic of travel safety arises, it’s important that it gets addressed seriously without making people panic. The best way to describe this is to think about the airline safety videos that are shown as your flight is getting underway. If you’re like me, you don’t pay too much attention but you do check out the nearest emergency exit etc. Then, hopefully, you don’t have to think about it again.
Related travel safety post: Have You Seen the New Virgin Airlines Inflight Safety Video, Yet?
DuPont Chemicals Has Put Together an Excellent Corporate Travel Safety Video.
While it does address the seriousness of safety it is done so in a way that makes you pay attention without worrying.
Below Are Some Links to Government Travel Warnings That Are Constantly Updated in Real Time.
When working with a meeting planner, I always suggest that they publish or print the websites of their country’s travel warnings. I suggest that you bookmark this page as these websites are updated periodically.
- For Americans
- For Canadians
With travel safety you need to strike the right balance between awareness and overreacting. Meeting planners want their delegates to pay attention to safety tips. While at the same time they don’t want safety to become a distraction to the meeting. After all, a big part of a meeting or event should be the education and memorable fun events. And if everybody just makes sure that they are aware of their surroundings, they will all return home with nothing but pleasant memories.