ACTE: Companies Reassessing Traveler Security Programs Following Mumbai Terrorist Attacks
Gurley stated that nearly all ACTE member companies have comprehensive security programs in place. These programs track the whereabouts of travelers and offer a number of protective options depending on the nature of the threat. While traveler security has always been an integral part of ACTE’s agenda, companies began adopting comprehensive business preparedness programs in response to incidences like 9/11 and the first avian flu pandemic threat in 2005.
“Nevertheless, the situation in the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel will have many companies reevaluating the security clauses in their hotel programs,” said Gurley. “Hostages reported they were unable to get any news from failed cable systems and that the phones were out. Yet at least one guest reported they were in contact with their corporate travel department and a news agency via a cell phone. This will put a new emphasis on the need to travel with a reliable flashlight, a small self-powered radio, and a cell phone with international capabilities.”
ACTE initiated an industrywide poll on traveler security today. “Security issues are not confined to India,” said Gurley. “There are dozens of places in which an attack of this nature could have occurred and there are still equally devastating threats from disease or natural disasters, like earthquakes.”
ACTE is planning to continue with the scheduled education sessions in India for 2009.
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ACTE Global Communications Director