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A woman's safe-travel guide

Women travel for countless reasons, whether to pursue business opportunities, or simply to rest and relax – not unlike men. But when it comes to health and security, and how travellers are affected by the religious and cultural beliefs of the foreign countries they visit, there's a huge difference between women and men. The truth is that women face greater obstacles, especially when travelling alone.

The Government of Canada assists thousands of Canadian women in distress abroad each year. The problems they face are diverse. Petty and violent crime, culture shock, poor sanitation – the challenges are many.

But so are the benefits. With careful planning, common sense, and respect for religious and societal differences, you can minimize your risks and maximize your chances of having a safe and successful trip.

The Government of Canada has developed this booklet to help inform and prepare you before you leave Canada. The booklet offers a preventive, female-friendly approach to tackling the security, cultural, health, and social concerns of women travellers. It should be read as a close companion to the safe-travel booklet Bon voyage, but... essential information for Canadian travellers.

Download the Woman's Safe-Travel Guide in PDF format.
Risk Management & Corporate Travel

Risk Management isn't always about helping travellers in foreign countries where war breaks out. Sometimes emergencies happen close to home and the recent Fort McMurray fires is a perfect example of why working with a Travel Management Company (TMC) with an emergency response process in place is important. There are several important questions to ask yourself and your TMC in the event of an emergency:

How do travellers know when an emergency has been declared in their specific area?
UNIGLOBE One Travel offers e-Travel alerts, a service that automatically emails late breaking events direct to travellers in affected areas. Up to 5 email addresses can be sent this same email, ensuring that others in your office are aware of the same news at the same time.

How do you know where your travellers are, at any given time?
At UNIGLOBE One our e-Travel Tracker offers a dashboard to easily locate your travellers affected by an emergency event. Our Reservations team received a list of affected travellers in Fort McMurray and reached out to them via phone or email to provide up to date information and re-booking options as well as our 7/24 Rescue Line assistance.

How do you keep your Head Office and Travel Arrangers apprised of the latest details?
At UNIGLOBE One Our Client Solutions Team also receives this list of affected travellers and we reach out to our primary contacts at the organization to ensure they are up to date.

How do you keep track of all of the details about the re-booking process?
Our Operations Team reaches out to the airlines to receive the instructions on handling ticketing changes and re-protection protocols. Our Management Team contacts high-level officials with our airline partners to get insight into other plans in place to assist travellers and affected communities such as nearby airports with additional capacity and the adding of planes to particular routes. This can happen on a moment by moment basis so we have the capacity to react quickly and efficiently with this insider knowledge.

How do you follow up to ensure travellers needs are fully met?
We will continue to monitor this situation and assist travellers where needed. We follow up with your Head Office and Travel Arrangers with updates on changes to traveller plans to ensure their safe arrival home.
WestJet takes off for London

WestJet has commenced its new non-stop service between six Canadian cities and London (Gatwick). They will fly a total of 56 weekly flights in both directions between Canada and London, including the only non-stop transatlantic service available from Winnipeg. Convenient connections are available from cities across Canada in both directions and service from Calgary and Toronto will operate on a year-round basis.

With the exception of flights from St. John's, which will operate on one of the airline's Boeing Next-Generation 737s, all London flights will be operated by one of WestJet's four 767-300 extended-range aircraft.
Route Frequency
Vancouver – London Six times weekly
Edmonton – London Twice weekly
Calgary – London Five times weekly
Winnipeg – London Once weekly
Toronto – London Daily
St. John's – London Daily

Air Canada to Offer In-flight Wi-Fi aboard International Flights
Air Canada

Air Canada has announced that it will begin offering satellite connectivity on international flights this fall providing the opportunity for passengers to e-mail, use the internet and stream entertainment at broadband speeds. AC already provides passengers in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity on its fleet of narrow-body aircraft in North America.

While business travellers will welcome satellite Wi-Fi service as a productivity tool, it will have widespread appeal for all travellers by allowing them to stay in touch, access the internet and enjoy additional entertainment options throughout their entire journey.

Under the agreement, AC will begin installing Gogo® 2Ku satellite technology on its wide-body fleet this fall on its Boeing 777 aircraft

As a business traveller, you know the importance of exchanging business cards when you're on the road. But you also know how easy it is to lose them and not have that important contact info when you need it.

Now there's an app that will help keep your cards organized. CamCard allows you to:

• Capture business cards by scanning them to your phone
• Go paperless by exchanging electronic business cards securely
• Sync across all your devices.
• Manage all business cards by adding notes, setting reminders, organizing, tagging and sharing
• The app can accurately read cards in 16 languages

CamCard can accurately read cards in 16 languages. The free version allows users to scan up to 200 cards and is available in the Apple and Google Play app stores.