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LPGA Expands International Safety Net with Global Rescue

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LPGA Expands International Safety Net with Global Rescue

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February 15, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced today that travel risk management firm, Global Rescue, will serve as the Tour’s Official Travel Risk and Crisis Management Provider. The new agreement highlights the Tour’s continued commitment to safety and security and goes into effect at this week’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide, Australia.

“Providing the highest level of safety remains a top priority for the LPGA. Our partnership with Global Rescue provides an additional layer of security for our Tour abroad,” said Heather Daly-Donofrio, Chief Communications and Tour Operations Officer for the LPGA.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Global Rescue, Dan Richards, said, “We are honored to partner with the LPGA, a world-class international sporting organization which takes travel safety seriously. Global Rescue looks forward to providing our support for the Tour’s expanding roster of international tournaments.”

Global Rescue will provide medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management for LPGA players, caddies, and staff when traveling internationally. The program focuses on medical advisory services, medical transport, security evacuations and travel intelligence through the company’s GRID platform, which serves as a travel intelligence system to provide the most up-to-date information for each destination.

The partnership with Global Rescue comes at a time when the LPGA continues to grow its tournaments and events. The 2017 season boasts 35 events, including four new tournaments and the return of the Solheim Cup to the Midwest. The LPGA will host events in 13 destinations outside North America this season, an increase from 10 destinations in 2011.

About Global Rescue

Global Rescue is the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services to enterprises, governments and individuals. Founded in 2004, Global Rescue has exclusive relationships with the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Division of Special Operations and Elite Medical Group. The Company provides best-in-class services that identify, monitor and respond to client medical and security crises. Global Rescue has provided medical and security support to its clients, including Fortune 500 companies, governments and academic institutions, during every globally significant crisis of the last decade. For more information, visit www.globalrescue.com.

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: LPGA.com, facebook.com/lpga.official, twitter.com/lpga, and youtube.com/lpgavideo.

 

Global Rescue 2017 Travel Safety Survey:  Europe Emerges Amidst Persistent Concerns for Terrorism

 

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Global Rescue 2017 Travel Safety Survey:  Europe Emerges Amidst Persistent Concerns for Terrorism

 

Lebanon, N.H., February 8, 2017Global Rescue, the leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services to enterprises, governments and individuals, today released results of the Global Rescue 2017 Travel Safety Survey. The data reveals that a clear majority (84%) have concerns for their safety for 2017 travel. Among participants expressing some level of concern, more highlighted Europe compared to Africa and the Middle East.

Top findings include:

  • Travelers have concerns, but are likely to travel anyway. Eighty-four percent (84%) of respondents are at least “Somewhat concerned” about travel safety in 2017, including 32% who say they are at least “Concerned” or “Very concerned.” One in four respondents (26%) say they are more concerned about travel safety in 2017 compared to 2016. However, despite these concerns, nearly all (96%) say it is either “Likely” or “Very likely” they will travel in 2017.

 

  • Concerns emerge about travel to Europe. Europe has emerged as a top-three destination in terms of concerns, along with Africa and the Middle East. Intensity of concern is significantly greater in the Middle East, though in terms of overall concerns, Europe leads the way.
    Among respondents who expressed some level of concern (i.e. “Somewhat concerned,” “Concerned,” or “Very concerned”), 75% pointed to Europe, followed by Africa (73%) and the Middle East (73%). However, intensity of concern is highest in the Middle East, with 45% “Very Concerned.”

 

  • Terrorism remains top of mind when it comes to travel threats in 2017. Terrorism ranks among the top perceived threat to respondents, with 55% ranking it as either first or second on a list of the greatest threats they see while traveling in 2017. Forty-four percent (44%) of respondents rated health/medical issues as a top-two threat, and 37% ranked crime as a top-two threat. Traffic accidents, which is the leading cause of death for US citizens abroad, was fourth, with 23% rating it as a top-two threat. This highlights the incongruity between actual threats (measured by US citizen deaths overseas) and perceived threats. In other words, travelers appear most concerned about terrorism when in reality the odds are extremely low that they will actually be affected.

 

“The world is an increasingly unpredictable place,” said Global Rescue CEO and founder Dan Richards. “The good news is that despite their fears, most travelers are continuing to travel. It is more likely that a car accident or a slip-and-fall will derail a vacation than a terrorist attack, but as evidenced by recent terrorist activity in Europe and other places historically considered “safe,” terrorism is a legitimate safety concern.

 

Despite perceptions of risk from terrorism, it accounts for only about 3% of U.S. citizen deaths overseas, according to US Department of State figures. According to the data, vehicle accidents (30%), homicides (19%), and even suicides (14%) account for many more U.S. citizen deaths overseas.

 

The Global Rescue 2017 Travel Safety Survey was conducted December 28, 2016, through January 14, 2017. The study is based on a survey of 1,000 current and former Global Rescue members ages 25 to 70 or older, with household incomes of $35,000 to $200,000 or more.

 

About Global Rescue

Global Rescue is the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services to enterprises, governments and individuals. Founded in 2004, Global Rescue has exclusive relationships with the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Division of Special Operations, and Elite Medical Group. The Company provides best-in-class services that identify, monitor and respond to client medical and security crises. Global Rescue has provided medical and security support to its clients, including Fortune 500 companies, governments and academic institutions, during every globally significant crisis of the last decade. For more information, visit www.globalrescue.com.