Drum Cussac’s World Risk Map reveals most dangerous destinations for travellers in 2019

Drum Cussac, the global travel risk consultancy “responsible for 15 million lives on a daily basis”, has released its 2019 World Risk Map highlighting which countries pose the most risk to travellers. Countries have been ranked from least to most risky using 20 different risk markers grouped under five main categories: security risks, political risks, medical risks, environmental risks and infrastructure risks.

Security risks include petty and violent crime, civil conflicts, protests, strikes and terrorism. Political risks encompass Government stability, levels of corruption, political interference and sanctions, while medical risks include the presence of diseases, the standard of medical facilities, access to water and the availability of pharmaceuticals.

Environmental risks include proximity to seismic activity, the frequency of storms and the presence of man-made
ordnance such as landmines and climatic hazards. Infrastructure risks encompass road safety and standards, the provision of utilities such as electricity, cyber crime and aviation security and standards.

Unsurprisingly, the Middle East and North Africa emerge as the most high risk locations for travellers, with much of Africa and Central America also posing threats. Countries from these regions also dominate the individual category rankings, with Syria and the Republic of South Sudan appearing in the top infrastructure, medical and political risk lists as well as the overall Top 10 risky destinations.

On the flip side, for countries with more a population of more than a million, Singapore , Taiwan and Uruguay emerge as the lowest risk nations, making them the potentially safest destinations for travellers. Overall, Aruba is ranked as the lowest risk country in the world.

According to a recent poll conducted by Ipsos Mori, 63% of security professionals believe risks faced by travellers have increased in the last 12 months.

*For further detail access https://www.drum-cussac.com/blog/world-risk-map

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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