Mitigation measures for business travellers

08 Aug 2014

If you have to travel to risky destinations, it's important your organisation has risk management procedures in place to ensure your safety.

The recent military coup in Thailand is an example of when a risk management procedure is necessary.

Thailand is the eighth largest two-way trading partner of Australia and in 2012, the value of trade between the two nations was more than $18 billion. As one of Australia's most significant trading partners, business travel to Thailand is a necessity for many companies.

If your company requires regular trips to Thailand, or another destination that needs a significant degree of caution, consult your Travel Manager about strategies to manage travel risk. A successful risk management plan should take into account the following:

Political factors

If it's necessary to travel to countries with political instability, use your Travel Manager's resources to identify the level of risk. The Australian Government's Smartraveller website also has live updates and recommendations for travel to any destination.

Environmental factors

Environmental emergencies can have a major impact on business activity. Sound duty of care policies should always include contingency plans in case of a natural disaster with clear communication protocols between the Travel Manager, the traveller and the company.


Before sending your employees overseas assess the risk associated with transport operators in the destination country. Safety standards are dependent on the country and it is important your organisation puts safety measures in place with preferred transport operators when conducting business trips.

Travel Insurance

Not all travel insurance policies may include assistance for civil unrest, acts of terrorism and natural disasters. When you are choosing a travel insurance policy for your employees ensure you discuss these risks with your insurance provider.