Nine in 10 women say they are so concerned about safety while travelling for work that it has affected what they do in their personal time.
The alarming revelations from a recent GBTA/AIG Travel survey have contributed to the creation of Riskline's Female Traveller Safety Reports, which look at safety in 220 countries and territories.
The reports from travel risk intelligence company Riskline raise safety concerns, as well as health and wellness issues that directly affect female travellers as well as information on local customs and laws.
Suzanne Sangiovese, operations manager, Americas, at Riskline, explains: "Not all travellers are the same, and female travellers face unique safety risks. Women can be perceived as an ‘easier target’ for criminals and are more likely than men to be victims of sexual harassment.
"The new Female Traveller Safety Reports contain comprehensive and up to date information on local customs and laws as well as details of cultural nuances and bias in business settings."
Some 83% of female travellers had one or more safety-related concerns or incidents during 2018, while 90% said safety concerns affected what they did in their personal time while travelling for work, according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) survey.
Of the women surveyed, 68% said the company they worked for needed policies that specifically address the needs of female business travellers.
But a recent survey of travel buyers revealed only 18% report having gender-specific policies in place.
The Riskline report includes country-by country guides, which gives advice such as:
- Under Islamic law in countries such as Iran, contact between men and women is forbidden in public, so even in private settings women should take care not to shake hands with men unless they initiate it and extend their hand first
- In India, female travellers should refrain from wearing clothing that could be considered too tight or revealing, especially in conservative areas
- In the Bahamas the water sports rental industry, in particular, is loosely regulated and sexual assaults perpetrated by Jet Ski rental operators and drivers have been reported in the Cabbage Beach area of Paradise Islands
The Female Traveller Safety Reports were put together by Riskline's team of female analysts.
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