Hotel "Safe Havens"
If an emergency does take place, the hotel can be one of the best “safe havens” for your travelers. This means the selection of a hotel is paramount in keeping travelers safe. Picking a “safe haven” hotel certainly requires checking its physical security measures, such as security fencing, cameras, and security guards, but, again, security goes beyond these physical aspects.
Hotel staff can be very helpful in dangerous situations. They should be very familiar with the area and able to provide more localized, up-to-date information during an incident. You should use GBTA security screenings to ensure the hotel staff is multilingual and able to answer your traveler’s questions in emergencies. The staff should also be well informed about the hotel’s emergency protocols, and ideally a hotel will also have a dedicated security team ready to intervene or involve authorities as needed.
Wi-Fi is always an important amenity for general business purposes, but you should view it as a security feature as well. A “safe haven” is one that keeps travelers connected. Wi-Fi access is the best way to make sure travelers can stay informed and in communication.
Safety Tips for all Travelers
Regardless of a country's risk level, it’s a good idea to send out and post general hotel safety tips, such as:
- Don’t discuss room numbers out loud
- Try to be up early and back early
- Don’t walk alone
- Learn local customs in order to not to offend anyone
- Request rooms on floors 3-7
- Check room locks are working
Here are additional tips more specific to female travelers:
- Wear conservative clothing
- Don’t open door to anyone if you aren’t 100% certain who it is
- Be conscious of signs you’re alone, like leaving a tray with a single wine glass outside your door
- Try to exit the hotel at the same time as other people