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October, 2017

After Las Vegas shooting, hotels scrutinize security in a new way | Express News
Published On 10/04/2017

After the shooting in Las Vegas left 59 dead and hundreds injured, some local hotel executives say they are reviewing their security policies to make sure they’re prepared to handle all types of attacks. Bruce McIndoe, president of iJET International, which does international security audits at hotels, said metal detectors and body scanners aren’t cost-effective for hotels. They require at two people to operate them, and most hotels are open 24/7, he said. McIndoe said it’s more realistic for hotels to make smaller changes to their security policies. “There are things that hotels could do to reduce the likelihood of something like this happening,” McIndoe said. “And it’s not so much checking bags.” For example, McIndoe said hotels should frequently check visitors’ rooms to make sure there are no weapons or illicit activity, like the Palacio del Rio does.

Hotel Security In The Spotlight After Deadly Las Vegas Shooting | Forbes
Published On 10/03/2017

The Las Vegas attack will spur some immediate changes to security protocols, iJet International President Bruce McIndoe told CNBC. The company performs as many as 400 hotel security audits globally each year.

McIndoe said it is likely that hotels will train their security surveillance staff to scrutinize customers with items such as fishing gear, skis and other long, thin items that could be rifles.

Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman | Fox Business News
Published On 10/03/2017

During his interview, Michael Susong, Senior Vice President of Global Risk Security & Intelligence, discussed balancing the customer experience with hotel security and maintaining people’s safety, privacy issues when it comes to heightened monitoring of rooms and people's personal belongings, as well as what hotels can do on a smaller scale to prevent incidents like this from happening again.

Managing the New Dynamics of Terrorism | Risk Management Magazine
Published On 10/02/2017

Business travel continues to steadily increase and tourism is still at a healthy level, but recent incidents have impacted certain destinations such as France and Turkey, and surveys indicate more travelers are considering terrorism when choosing a destination. Whatever the itinerary, both organizations and individuals should create processes to continually evaluate their risk profile and implement appropriate risk management strategies.

Here's how hotel security might change after the deadliest shooting in US history | CNBC
Published On 10/02/2017

According to Bruce McIndoe, iJET President, the rapid response from local law enforcement actually suggested that the security procedures taken by police were successful.

"The security measures that are in place especially in Vegas worked," he said. McIndoe noted that Las Vegas has a 24-hour standing SWAT team and that it was able to neutralize the alleged shooter quickly. Had that not been the case, he said, there would have been a far higher death toll.

"That doesn't minimize the fact that a lot of people died," he said.

Emergency Preparedness for Meetings | Meetings & Conventions
Published On 10/01/2017

Our mission at iJET is to increase our clients' confidence and readiness to operate globally and securely. Safety is a collaborative effort, however. While an organization like ours can provide destination and travel intelligence to reduce risk, meeting organizers should have all of the following information and resources at the ready.

 

Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry | Meetings & Conventions
Published On 10/01/2017

Meetings & Conventions third annual Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry shines the spotlight on these outstanding professionals wo've demonstrated extraordinary talent, leadership, creativity and advocacy in the field. "Most of the time, planners tend to assume that the event venue has responsibility," says Theresa Thomas, senior vice president of Powered by iJET. But in too many cases, she adds, planners aren't really doing their due diligence to ensure the venue has things covered. Executives realize this needs to change and planners can benefit themselves and their organizations by stepping up collaborative preparedness efforts.

September, 2017

The Stranded Traveler’s Disaster Plan | Wall Street Journal
Published On 09/20/2017

iJET International, a security advisory firm for corporations, universities, government and nongovernmental agencies, organized evacuations for about 900 people from several areas of Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.  iJET sent a team to Antigua to coordinate evacuations and move from island to island to get people out. Chartered aircraft and boats took evacuees to Puerto Rico, normally a good staging place for evacuees because it has lots of hotels and a big airport.  Still, not everyone got out. “In some cases we needed to tell clients, ‘You need to hunker down,’ ” says George Taylor, vice president of global operations for the Annapolis, Md., company.

More Business Travelers Go 'Rogue,' Booking on Their Own | New York Times
Published On 09/04/2017

“Fifty to 60 percent of hotel bookings always existed outside,” said John M. Rose, the chief operating officer of iJET International. “People of different generations are traveling who are used to everything being at their fingertips.” Compliance, he added, “is hard to mandate.”

Countering Effects of New Age Terrorism on Business and Travel | Security Magazine
Published On 09/01/2017

Mike Payne, CPP, iJET senior advisor, organizational resilience, global operations writes - Businesses must expand their abilities in countering the effects of ‘new age’ terrorism to ensure that their assets remain available and effective to succeed in today’s rapidly expanding global marketplace. The growing frequency of terror-related events and their resulting effects are due in part to the threat’s ability to rapidly change targets and methodologies. Terror organizations now leverage everyday media tools to enhance the motivation and capabilities of their followers while the security industry lumbers behind in mitigating this asymmetrical threat with conventional measures.

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