Millions of Americans travel abroad each year. However, not all of these trips are to spend spring break in Mexico or to sunbathe in the Bahamas. Many of these travelers globetrot to meet clients or to pursue business deals.
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, workers take about 405 million business trips each year. As this article from Virgin Airline’s website states, that number may grow even bigger in 2014:
Frequent Business Traveller (in association with Flyertalk) have conducted a poll with over 1,300 business globetrotters to find out some intriguing travel stats for the year ahead. The results are in, and there is one universal answer amongst all those stats: the only way is up.
The survey reveals that the way we travel, how we travel, and the frequency of our adventures are all on the ascent, with 33% of business travellers planning on jetsetting more in 2014, compared to 2013, and 50% anticipating far more trips in the working year ahead.
Things such as dining, hotels, favourite airlines and technology usage were all taken into account, to find out how the business world is changing on their trips abroad.
As an employer, you have to make sure that your staff is vaccinated before travelling abroad. After all, not only do these inoculations protect travelers from diseases they might catch in foreign countries, but some nations might not grant them entry unless they show proof of vaccination first. Primary Care Associates, an Anchorage urgent care and occupational medicine provider, lists some of the most common vaccines that travelers need:
Hepatitis A is a liver disease contracted through consuming contaminated food and water. It is recommended for those traveling to the Americas, India, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Pacific Islands, and South East Asia.
This disease is carried by mosquitoes and can cause fever, jaundice, hemorrhage, or even renal failure. Employees heading to South America or sub-Saharan Africa need to be vaccinated against it.
A person can catch Diphtheria by inhaling an infected person’s sputum. In advanced cases, a membrane forms over the throat, nose, and bronchial tubes, severely affecting respiration. Vaccinating workers who are travelling to South East Asia, South America, or sub-Saharan Africa can help to avoid such complications.
If your employees are due to travel abroad, don’t forget to have them vaccinated against these dangerous diseases. Contact an Anchorage, AK urgent care and occupational medicine provider two to 12 weeks before the flight so your staff will be healthy and productive during their trip.
(Source: Is 2014 the year of the business travel boom?, Virgin.com, January 14, 2014)