Why you need to give your female business travellers more preparation

Business travel accounts for $1.3 trillion of global spending annually meaning more organisations are sending employees abroad. Organisations have a duty to ensure precautions are put in place to keep their business travellers safe, and in particular more vulnerable travellers, such as female travellers. With 70% of corporate travel buyers agreeing that female business travellers today face higher travel safety risks, it is clear that extra support needs to be provided to female employees to prepare them for their trip.
The majority of women feel unsafe whilst travelling

According to a recent study by GBTA & WWStay, 67% of women feel unsafe when travelling. This comes as a little surprise when over a third of women have experienced sexual harassment while travelling solo for work. Female travellers are more likely to experience certain types of risks than men when abroad, notably sexual harassment, which also varies by country and region.

For female travellers, take extra precautions on your trip by putting together an emergency carry bag:

 

 

Female solo travellers are on the rise

One of the biggest travel trends of 2018 is solo travel with roughly one in four people planning on travelling alone this year, the vast majority being women. Intrepid, adventure travel group organising trips for 100,000 travellers world-wide, has even launched their first solo-only tour range.

The rise of women in the workplace has also had an impact on the need for female employees to travel abroad for work. In 2018, more 70% of women in the UK aged 16-64 are employed, with more women on UK boards than ever before. In the US, women made up 31% of new board directors at 3,000 of the largest publicly traded U.S. companies. With more women in higher positions within organisations, their need to travel and help grow their business internationally is increased. In fact there is concrete evidence to back this up with research by Maiden Voyage, specialising in female business travel, stating that females now make up around 50% of total business travellers. It’s crucial that these women travelling to regions of varying degrees of risk should be thoroughly prepared by their employer.

 

Organisations need to prepare to female travellers differently

CEO of Maiden Voyage, Carolyn Pearson, believes that there are “certain key areas where women differ from men and these need to be taken into account when sending female employees on work trips”. Ensuring the safety of employees’ while away on business is vital to fulfill the legal duty of care.

To help keep female travellers safe when away o business, our security experts recommend the following safe travel tips:

  • Do not accept drinks from strangers and do not leave your drink unattended
  • When paying for your items do not show your purse or wallet full of money
  • Leave a photocopy of all cashpoint cards/ID/passport at home
  • Be aware of local attitudes towards women
  • Dress conservatively
  • Use organised or recommended transport
  • Arrange to arrive in your location during daylight hours

 

Need more advice on what precautions to take before sending your female employees away for business? Download our travel advice guide for vulnerable travellers for the best ways of keeping your travellers safe and fulfilling your duty of care.