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Developing Itineraries in a Volatile World PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara Fischer   
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
For the travel programs, itinerary development requires evaluation of not only safety concerns but also PR ramifications and political considerations (i.e., Burma, Tibet). Risk extends beyond the travel program; it is the University's/Insitution's name at state. Beyond assessing risk in developing itineraries, travel programs must address travelers' concerns - for real or perceived risks. The key is to sell the expertise of the University/Institution and to promote the access we have to its resources (security monitor services, faculty and scholars, contacts abroad and within the State Department). Services used: CR24, iJet, Kroll. With safety concerns extending beyond just "volatile" regions in recent years, emergency plans are becoming more important. Of all the schools present, only MIT is in the final stages of an emergency plan. Others are trying to figure out how to adopt the University's plan for alumni traveling abroad on our programs. Another hot topic for travel programs: challenges arising from introducing younger "Baby Boomer" alumni to a program that is heavily populated with older, increasingly less mobile alumni.
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