• CWT’s New Partnership Brings Added Security to International Travel

    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
    Photo credit: Carlson Wagonlit Travel

    Safety First

When traveling is part of an event, a coordinator's first concern must always be safety. Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s (CWT) corporate meeting and events service recently partnered with International SOS, a service that offers pretravel advice, medical and security alerts and a Travel Risk Assessment tool among other things. "International SOS’s event membership and add-on services help clients prevent a variety of incidents from escalating into costly situations," says Cindy Fisher, vice president of CWT Meetings and Events.

CWT has a core offering that includes traveler tracking, alerts and reporting. With this new partnership, event coordinators will have the added security of knowing a top travel security company is looking out for their event. According to Fisher, the cost of utilizing add-on services from International SOS will depend on the size and location of the event, as well as the duration of the stay and the number of participants in the event.  

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 


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