Keeping young travellers out of harm’s way – check out this interactive risk map for 2014.
Young travellers are spending more time in more adventurous, remote and volatile regions every year.
Recent political events in Egypt & Syria, the Japanese Tsunami, scares over H1N1, SARS and Bird Flu have thrown into light the risks young people take when travelling overseas. WYSE Travel Confederation research shows that 40-50% of youth travellers are influenced by these risks when choosing their destination.
Terrorism, pandemic, natural disasters and political change have always affected us, at home and abroad; just in 2012-14 destinations have had to deal with Hurricane Sandy, flooding in central Europe, the Oklahoma tornado, protests in Turkey, revolutions throughout the Middle East, civil war in Syria, H7N9 bird flu in China and on-going non-state attacks in the sub-continent and Africa. And these examples barely touch the surface.
How can youth travel organisations prepare themselves for the hazards of the future?
Well, there are a number of resources available to the youth travel industry. IASIS works with a number of agencies, including the Foreign & Commonwealth office of the UK to promote youth safety through access to global and political risk intelligence that can better prepare organisations planning that send young people overseas.
Please contact IASIS for more information.
In the meantime, have a look at this interactive global risk map for 2014, made available by AON Crisis Management.