Delegates should keep a low profile at events to increase safety

Delegates should keep a 'low profile' at international conferences to ensure safety, according to research from beTravelwise.

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Speaking at the Venues and Destinations Summit, today (14 November), the company’s director Saul Shanagher, said all conference delegates should be briefed and trained on the area they are staying before the conference begins, particularly if there are any risks in that region. They should also be aware of any budget that has been set aside in case of an emergency.

"Ultimately, the background risks at the destination are more likely to affect the traveller than the risks associated with the convention," said Shanagher. "Health, security and travel risks should all be identified and the travel risk management programme should put measures in place to address these."


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He added that conference organisers should also consider the content of their programmes, prior to an event. "It is worth considering the subject of the convention and those being addressed by keynote speakers. Is there anything on the programme that’s contentious that may draw more unwelcome attention than before? Normally in developed countries, security will be increased to counter this likelihood and if an at risk person is speaking, their security detail will be enhanced for the event. This may mean that they look for softer, easier targets related to the event."

In addition he advised all conference organisers to check the safety features on the venues they book, including CCTV, guards, badging and checks. 

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