Top 10 Corporate Travel Hotel Safety Tips

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Top 10 Corporate Travel Hotel Safety Tips

There are a lot of things you can do to ensure a safe and comfortable business trip when you are staying in a hotel. There are a lot of companies that take part in corporate travel savings, when a company is constantly paying for business travel for their employees they will usually try to cut costs of corporate travel by using discount hotels. Here are the top 10 tips for staying safe in your hotel during corporate travel.

1. Before your trip you should make copies front and back of all your credit cards, airline tickets, passports and important documents as well as take pictures of all your Jewelry and luggage and all valuables.

2. If possible, select a hotel which has installed modern electronic guest room locks. The majority of these locks automatically change the lock combination with every new guest.

3. If you are staying in an older hotel which still has the older guest door locks with metal key, one of first signs of how a hotel treats the issue of security is to observe how hotel room keys are controlled.

4. When registering, sign only your last name and first initial. Don’t use titles. This makes it harder to determine gender, marital status or profession. If you are a women traveling alone, you might consider booking your room as Mr. and Mrs.

5. Maximize safety and security. Select a room located between the 4th and 6th floor. Avoid rooms above the sixth floor as this is the maximum height that fire-department ladders can reach. For some fire departments overseas, and within the United States, they do not have equipment to reach hotel floors above the 6th floor.

6. Look for information in room about fire safety and read that information to become familiar with nearest fire exit/stairway. Locate nearest fire exit, extinguisher and fire pull box.

7. When inside a hotel room, for whatever length of time always use the deadbolt. If the room does not have a dead bolt or heavy-duty security clasp but does have a chain, twist it to take up the slack before latching it.

8. If you loose your key, ask for a new room or have the lock or electronic key card changed.

9. Don’t display your guest room key in public or even inside the hotel. Crooks have known to walk by casually, observe the number on the key if the number is stamped on it and make false charges in the hotel restaurant, bar or store using your room number.

10. Wear a minimum amount of jewelry, especially women. Women, wear only a simple wedding band in lieu of a diamond ring. Remove the temptation for a thief to make you their next victim.

By following these simple safety tips you can make your business travel much safer which will make the whole trip much more enjoyable. When you don’t have to worry about your valuables being taken you can keep your mind focused on the purpose of your corporate trip. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable during corporate travel be safe and secure when you are in a foreign country.

Places To Visit In Javea

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Places To Visit In Javea

If you haven’t given any thought about your next vacation destination you should take Javea into consideration. Besides the great beaches and the almost perfect weather conditions, Javea has other things to offer that should be taken into consideration by all tourist that visit this small town in Spain.

Take for example the Safari Park Vergel where visitors can discover the delights of the Animal Kingdom in a fun-packed environment consisting of 35 hectares of land that are the home to approximately 1400 animals and about 145 different species. Visitors have the possibility to go round the park using the car and have the option of three routes to see African lions, Bengal tigers and herbivores. You can also walk around the open sections which are cleverly split by theme: African birds, oceanic fauna, Iberian fauna, large herbivores and more.

If you are into nightlife, Javea is the place to be – more specific, the Achill Nightclub. The disco atmosphere here is at its best; hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s are played, creating a great atmosphere. Seating is abundant inside, and for a change of scenery with less noise the outside patio in the summer is the perfect spot for a chat and that amazing view. Here you will find a great mix of DJs from all of Costa Blanca. Generally speaking, the music you will hear here is a combination of dance, techno and house (depending on the DJ and the night). More than that, at certain times during the year, they hold party nights like 70s disco nights or R&B nights.

Moving on, Javea also has Crazy Daisy’s which is a terrific smallish bar located between Scallops and Nanyos on the Arenal. The drinks here are extremely reasonable and they have a big projector installed where they show all sorts of sporting events for fans. Here you will find a friendly atmosphere and the bar staff make you feel just like you were home.

If you are into bowling, you might want to check Ozone bowling for a pleasant evening. A much advertised local attraction on the Costa Blanca is Mundomar in Benidrom, a great park. Once you will get into the park, you will spot the colorful parrots, the flamencos and the sea lions. Next, you will notice the bats that are all behind a thick glass screen in a very dark room but you will spot them without any difficulties. Besides the above mentioned, you will see monkeys, limas, dolphins as well as other animals.

During this period, visitors have the possibility to go to the Artisan Fair in Javea Old Town which is the traditional Easter Fair. The stalls here have a wide variety of tasty goods including traditional cheeses and salamis, Moroccan sweets. Other things you will find here: herbs & spices, ceramics, candles and various artworks. It is a delight of color and a rather unique atmosphere. The local surrounding bars will be open to provide food and refreshments for all.

All in all, Javea is becoming more and more popular for obvious reasons as it has plenty of sightseeing possibilities as well as great accommodation conditions thanks to the boom of the real estate market.

Jet Rescue

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Jet Rescue?s New Helicopter Emergency Medical Service

Mexico City – Jet Rescue Air Ambulance is proud to announce the opening of a new business unit based in Mexico City. The “Critical Air” business unit offers emergency evacuation by means of its A-119 Koala air ambulance helicopter.

Quick response teams are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in most weather conditions to ensure rapid and reliable medical retrieval in times of emergency. The helicopter, an A-119 Koala, is specially equipped to transport patients and medical crew. The helicopter can be deployed to even the most remote locations.

The A-119 Koala Helicopter is unique amongst single turbine powered helicopters, with a cabin volume that is approx 30% greater than other helicopters in its class. It has a cruise speed of 270 km/h and a maximum range of 1000 km.

The specially equipped air ambulance helicopter can accommodate up to two stretchers together with the medical crew. The internal layout includes provision for the installation of all necessary medical equipment to treat patients during transport. Two standard rails are positioned both in the cabin rear bulkhead and on upper side panels that include outlets for oxygen, emergency air and power.

Critical Air Helicopter Operations

  • Urgent responses to major accidents, emergencies and neo-natal cases.
  • Typical emergency scenarios include accidents where specialist on-scene medical care is required.
  • Rescue of patients who find themselves in rugged terrain or remote locations.
  • Helicopter retrieval incorporates both pre-hospital rescue and inter-hospital transfer services.

About Jet Rescue:

Jet Rescue Air Ambulance provides Domestic and Worldwide air ambulance service, 24 hours a day seven days a week.

We provide specialized medical teams to critically ill and injured patients anywhere in the world and have the capability to organize the most complex repatriation mission.

Jet Rescue Air Ambulance is dedicated to providing the highest standard of rapid response critical care air ambulance to the ill or injured. Our specially trained doctors, nurses and paramedics use helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and ground ambulances to bring a tertiary hospital level of care to our patients.

Jet Rescue Air Ambulance stands apart through a passion to deliver a quality service.The commitment to quality starts with our staff selection and is further evidenced by our investments in state-of-the- art-technology.

Terrorist Protection and Travel Security Measures

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Terrorist Protection and Travel Security Measures

*Taken from the syllabus of The Law Enforcement & Bodyguard Association International LEBAI, special thanks to former Police Commissioner Norman E. Jennings

The aim of this lesson is to give you an introduction into Travel Security and the need to understand the importance of Travel Security and the role of security while in transit

The reason you need this information is for you to have an understanding as to correct security procedure while travelling in transit

All security personnel must understand and practice the basic rules of individual protection, as you may become the potential victim of a criminal or terrorist organisation or group.

To the extent possible, security operating in personnel in ‘threat areas’ must avoid routine in the routes and times of movements to and from the work site, your place of residence, and around town (i.e. shopping) even to the point of not eating at the same restaurants on a regular basis. Do not become a creature of habit. Past incidents indicate that terrorists kept their victim under surveillance for a substantial period of time to discover patterns and to determine a suitable time(s) and place(s) for the attack. You are vulnerable when on the move and probably most vulnerable walking to and from the car. Terrorists will most likely choose a time you are inside your automobile. You are fixed – and he may attack in a variety of ways.

Make sure the unvaried portions of the route (choke points) are as short as possible. Memorise normal activity. This includes memorising cars that normally park in the area. You can be approximately 80% certain that any attack will occur in a choke point and probably near your home during a routine trip. It is important to remember that you are a better target if you are predictable – the best defence is common sense.

Dr. Mark D. Yates at www.asecurityonestopshop.com teaches the following security measures on his security training programmes.

1. If possible, use different doors and gates when departing and entering your home or office.

2 . When going out, avoid going alone. Try to travel with a group of people. If your SSM or Senior Guard has a two-man rule in place, obey it – there is safety in numbers.

3. Conduct a route survey and look at the choke points from the terrorist’s point of view.

4 . Be aware of your location at all times, even if you are a passenger in a car.

5 . Know the location of police, hospital, military, government and public facilities or other secured areas along your routine routes. These areas can provide a safe haven in case of trouble. Know as much as possible about the stores and merchants along your normal route of travel. Are there pro or anti U.S. sentiments displayed by flags, colours, or slogans painted on the buildings.

6 . In so-far as possible, travel only on busy, well travelled thoroughfares; stay away from isolated back-country roads. You will be advised during your in-country brief by the OIC of dangerous areas, pay heed and avoid them.

7. Be constantly alert to road conditions and surroundings, to include possible surveillance by car, motorcycle, or bicycle. All passengers should be vigilant. If you feel you are being followed or are in danger, drive to the nearest military installation, Police Station or Embassy. Keep the vehicle in the centre of the road to have room to manoeuvre in case of an attack. On multiple lane roads, never drive in the centre lane.

8 . Try to get around road obstructions, utilise a shoulder or ditch. Attempt to crash through a vehicle blockade, if necessary, striking the blocking vehicle a glancing blow, no more than one quarter of the way down its length, preferably at the rear wheels. Keep your vehicle moving at all costs, regardless of its condition: for example, flat tire, disabled cooling system, etc.

9. Be alert for, and give wide berth to, cars or trucks parked along the road, particularly if there are several people around them.

10. Maintain adequate distances between your car and vehicles preceding you. Avoid being blocked in.

11. Never exit the vehicle without checking the area for suspicious individuals. If you are in doubt, drive away.

12. At night, always try to park in a well lit area, of f the street, if possible.

13. Lock the duty vehicle when it is unattended.

14. Parcels and other things should not be left in the car so that strange objects can be spotted quickly.

15. Before entering the duty vehicle, ascertain that there are no suspicious objects or unexplained wires or strings outside, underneath or inside.

16. If you find suspicious wires or packages in the vehicle, do not touch them, report them immediately to the proper authority as outlined in your post guard orders. DO NOT TOUCH THE OBJECT, immediately call for assistance.

17. Keep vehicle in a high state of maintenance at all times. It can be a good weapon if used properly. Vehicles should have: outside rear view mirrors, a locking gas cap, inside hood lock, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, semi metallic disc brake pads, heavy duty shocks, premium radial tires with the maximum tire pressure as printed on the tire side wall, and a vehicle alarm system. Always keep the trunk locked. The gasoline tank should be at least half full at all times. Tinted windows make it difficult for someone to tell who is in the car and where they are sitting.

18. If your vehicle has to be left for any length of time, it should be searched before being used again. Whenever possible have the driver stay with the vehicle to observe it.

19. A full search procedure by the driver should include:

• Looking Carefully Around The Outside Of The Vehicle.

• Looking Through All The Windows.

• Checking Around And Behind Each Wheel.

• Taking Off The Hubcaps.

• Looking Underneath The Car (Particularly The Exhaust And Behind The Gas Tank) -.
• Using An Angled Mirror On A Stick If Available

• Opening The Driver’s Door.

• Checking All Doors Before Opening Them, Seats And Floor

• Opening And Inspecting The Car Trunk.

• Examining The Spare Wheel.

• Checking All Tools.

• Opening Hood Carefully And Examining The Engine Compartment.

During the residential training lessons provided by Dr. Mark D. Yates he suggests your suspicions should be aroused by:

• Unusual Objects.

• Objects Out Of Place.

• Outward Signs Of Tampering.

• Loose Wiring, String, Or Tape.

• Packages Left Under The Vehicle.

• Ground Disturbed Around The Vehicle.

20. Do not leave your vehicle on the street overnight if at all possible and never leave garage doors unlocked. Check garage doors for unknown objects or strings tied to door. DO NOT touch anything that looks strange to you.

21. Never pick up hitchhikers or stop to assist unknown persons in distress. Terrorists have frequently utilised these situations as a trap prior to assault.

22. During travel, always fasten seat belts, keep doors locked and windows closed.

23. Do not permit taxi drivers to deviate from known and desired routes. Do not always use the same taxi or bus stop. Do not take the first available cab.

24. Be sensitive to the possibility of surveillance. Before departing anywhere, check up and down the street for suspicious cars or individuals.

25. Try to note whether you are being followed. If you suspect so, promptly notify your Senior Guard so the incident can be documented.

26. Avoid civil disturbances and disputes with local citizens. If a dispute occurs, distance yourself with it as quickly as possible.

27. Do not unnecessarily divulge your home address, telephone number or any information about your fellow EPO’S.

28. Ensure that your Senior Guard provides you with a list of key phrases in the host country language: I need a policeman; take me to a doctor; where is the hospital; take me to the embassy; help.

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9. Learn to use host country telephones.

30. Learn emergency telephone numbers: Embassy; Senior Guard Residence; you should always carry the exact change needed.

31. All mail should be received through the Approved channels.

32. Never accept unsolicited packages.

33. In most cases the VIP will secure some sort of host country identification document to be carried by you at all times, your blood type and allergies to particular medication should be kept with this document and should be bilingual: English and the language of the host country.

34. Identification by belief of importance, not only by the individual, but also from the terrorist’s point of view, can cause you to become a target.

35. All duty rosters should be destroyed, not thrown away when they become obsolete.

36. The best way to keep from being identified and selected as a target is not to say, do, wear, use, or display anything that will help the terrorists identify you as a Foreigner.

37. If you intend to hire domestic help, do so through the Community Liaison Office or (CLO).

38. Do not attract attention to yourself. Keep a low profile. Try to blend in as much as possible.

The measures listed above are not intended to be a complete or a definite list of individual protective measures. You should be able to think of many more. The bottom line here is DO THINK, and always exercise common sense.

SURVEILLANCE

It is a known fact to security specialists that terrorist groups and organised crime groups implement surveillance techniques when choosing a target/s. Dr. Mark D. Yates runs both surveillance and counter surveillance training programmes specifically aligned to countering terrorist attacks and kidnap for ransom incidents. Mark Yates advises all travellers to purchase a kidnap for ransom insurance policy from www.asecurityonestopshop.co.uk prior to leaving your Country of residence.

Your best chance of avoiding a serious terrorist incident is to spot pre-attack surveillance. The surveillance team may not be as professional as the gun team; several mistakes are now common knowledge by prior surveillance teams. The most common area for mistakes that could be noticed by the victim is at the surveillance pick up point. This is where they first begin to follow. The mistake made is correlation. Their movement or actions can be correlated to your movement or actions. The surveillance team is usually too intent on not losing sight of you to realise they are attracting your attention. For instance, as you leave the driveway, you note to the front or rear another car starting to move as you do. The car should be watched carefully. Do not let on that you are suspicious. You can test the suspect vehicle to confirm surveillance. As you depart from home or work, be aware of activity around you. Notice anything that seems suspicious or that may indicate correlation.

Watching for signs of surveillance or attack should be continuous. If, for instance, there is a vehicle behind you in traffic and you notice that is has been there for quite some time, you should make note of the number of people in the car along with their approximate ages. The vehicle may not be anything out of the ordinary. A terrorist would not likely use an eye-catching vehicle.

You must get the vehicle to make another statement. This can be as simple as speeding up just slightly, slowing down, or changing lanes. If the following vehicle does the same, then you have one more piece of information.

If the vehicle has not used several opportunities to pass, but suddenly moves out as if to pass, you should be ready. Take note of the traffic and figure which technique you would use. Watch for the placement of the other vehicle’s occupants, and if the windows are down on the side next to you. If the day is cool or it is raining, this is a very valuable tip. If the vehicle doe’s not complete the pass in the same speed as used in beginning the pass, be ready. Don’t let it stay in your blind spot. Turn and look over your left shoulder. If attacked, or you see weapons, act quickly.

The vehicle in front of you can also conduct surveillance. You can test this vehicle in the same manner as a following vehicle with some additions. Surveillance is normally conducted by the person in the right front seat. The driver cannot glance very often in the rear view mirror without, you becoming suspicious. They know this, so the person in the right front seat does the looking by using the outside right mirror. If you follow a normal vehicle you will not see a face in the out side right mirror as you do in the outside left.

If you do see someone’s face in the right mirror, it is the face of the passenger, meaning the mirror has been adjusted for that person’s use rather than for the driver. At that point you should make the other tests to confirm surveillance, such as changing lanes or speed. You can also easily note correlation by watching the turn signals of the car in front. If you make an unscheduled turn and wait later than normal to activate the turn signal, you will see possible correlations. Do not wait so late that they become suspicious of you. If you believe you are being followed, you should consider the following actions:

Do not reveal to those following that you suspect them. if you do not have radio communications, notify authorities as soon as you arrive at your destination.

If you have communications in the vehicle, notify authorities that you are under surveillance. Give your location, the direction of travel, identifying data of suspected surveillant(s) and your intentions.

Dr. Mark D. Yates advises that you never stop or take other actions to force a confrontation.

Immediately determine any identifying data that you can observe unobtrusively; for example, make, colour of car, licence number, number of occupants, description of occupants, etc.

Normally, existence of surveillance means you are not in danger of being attacked. Consider deviating your route slightly in an apparent normal manner in order to verify that you are being followed. Do not warn the surveillant(s) that you are aware of their presence. Terrorists usually conduct extensive surveillance prior to an attack in order to establish your routine and evaluate your security consciousness. As a rule, surveillance teams are neither trained for, nor have the mission to, assault the potential target.

If you feel you are in danger, immediately drive to the nearest safe area. Do not drive to your home. Be alert for slow-moving motorcycles or bicycles as these could be attempts to slow your car. Drive around them at the first opportunity.

Report all suspected surveillances immediately to the appropriate security office.

A great value for money security purchase is the Dr. Mark D. Yates home study programme on close VIP protection and/or the home study course on anti terrorist driving skills. Both of these written training programmes contain extensive security counter measure information and are available from www.asecurityonestopshop.co.uk

Remember, your goal is to avoid an incident. If you can spot the surveillance, you have an opportunity to feed false information to your attackers. You have an audience, play to them! Show them changes in routine that make an attack very difficult to plan. They will probably go to some other victim since they normally watch several potential victims at the same time; finally picking the one where success is guaranteed.

Still More Melbourne Attractions That are Free to See – Part 3

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Still More Melbourne Attractions That are Free to See – Part 3

If you are travelling to Melbourne Australia on a budget then these attractions, the third installment of such, will help you to see some of Melbournes best and most significant attractions for free. And best of all they are all within easy reach of your Melbourne CBD Accommodation.

1.      Scot’s Church: Located at the corner of Collins Street and Russell Road, Melbourne, Scots Church was built 1873 with heavy gothic influences

2.      St Michaels Uniting Church: A Romanesque church located at the corner Collins Street and Russell Road, Melbourne. built in 1866.

3.      Sunday Market at the Arts Centre: Located alongside the Yarra Rive just below the Melbourne Arts centre the Sunday Market is small but busy with hand crafted niche products, crafts and paintings for sale.

4.      Bourke Street Mall: A great place to people watch or enjoy the buskers performing. There are of course plenty of shops along the mall as well.

5.      Manchester Unity Building: A 1930’s building which was at one stage Melbourne’s tallest.

6.      State Library of Victoria: Located at the top end of Swanston Street and on the corner of Latrobe Street the State Library of Victoria is an impressive building for both its architecture and resource. It is open daily from 10am

7.      National Post Master Gallery: Located at 321 Exhibition Street the National Post Master Gallery is open daily. Tuesday – Fridays from 10am and Saturday to Monday from 12 noon. On site is Australia’s National Philatelic Collection. Entry is free.

8.      Chinatown: Running along Little Bourke Street between Swanston and Spring Streets is Melbourne’s Chinatown. There is a broad selection of restaurants, cafes, asian supermarkets and shops selling asian products.

9.      Parliament House of Victoria: At the top end of Bourke Street you will find the Parliament House of Victoria which also served as Australia’s federal Parliament house between 1901 and 1927. Tours run from 10am with the last tour commencing at 3.45pm.

10.  Treasury Gardens: The Treasury Gardens are located off Spring Street behind the Victorian Treasury Building.

11.  Fitzroy Gardens: The Fitzroy Gardens covers 65 acres and includes attractions such as the Avenue of Elms, lawns, lakes and extensive flowerbeds. It is located at the corner of Lansdowne Street and Wellington Parade and is open daily 9am to 5pm.

12.  Fire Services Museum Victoria: Celebrating the history of fire fighting in Victoria, the Fire Services Museum is open Fridays and Sundays from 10am.

We are out and about looking for more great free Melbourne attractions  to share with you.

Tour operator software planning tours is easy

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Tour operator software planning tours is easy

Tour operator software planning tours is easy

We all love holidaying with friends and family and planning vacations is something none of us like to do! What if you could leave the planning to someone else and get access to the best deals? This is all possible with tour operator software. Such travel software is geared to help you get the most competitive prices, best bargain travel deals and hotel reservations you could dream of!

How does it work?

Travel agency software is meant to help you plan your travels and vacations. With such state of the art tour operator software you get to reserve hotel rooms at the most competitive prices, get access to the best bargain deals and get to stay in your favorite destinations! That is not all, with travel software you also get to know about all the special offers, complimentary schemes and discounts being offered by hotels and accommodations. In this manner, you not only save millions of dollars but also leverage all the benefits offered by such schemes.

Ease of use

One of the most important benefits of such tour operator software is that it allows novices to get the benefits of such systems easily. Installation of such travel software is extremely easy and once you have the software on your desktop all you have to do is start using it! If you happen to have any doubts, there are separate help sections, which are very user-friendly and easy to follow. Otherwise, you can always contact the support staff of the tour operator software company. In this manner, you can clarify all your doubts and become a pro at using such software.

Knowing the difference

Probably one of the most useful advantages of tour operator software is that it allows you to compare subtle differences between deals in software. For instance, while most people tend to go by price alone, tour operator software will help you compare travel deals based on other features as well. For example, apart from price, aspects such as features, amenities, discounts, special deals etc. will all be provided in such travel software. The result is that users of such travel agency software can make more informed decisions. Instead of comparing based on price alone, which can be misleading, you can compare between differences in service levels, amenities and much more. Often, you will find that if a travel deal is low in price it will most likely be short of certain services. By comparing the differences, you will be in a better position to understand the shortcomings of different packages. While one deal maybe cheaper, you may end up getting many more services from a package, which is higher in price. Such an array of services will obviously compensate for the higher price. This is where tour operator software can be so beneficial for you.

Today, people all over the world use travel management software to plan vacations beforehand, get the best bargain travel deals online and get access to special benefits. If you want to reserve your accommodations, plan your travel itinerary and get competitive rates on travel, in advance, then tour operator software is the best option for you!