AAIB unit starts crisis assistance travel service
Dubai, December 9, 2013
Frontier Travel Insurance, a part of Anglo Arab Insurance Brokers (AAIB), has launched the world’s first online crisis assistance plan.
Business travellers to post conflict territories can apply for and buy the plan immediately over the internet, without having to wait for administration approval, couriers or bank authorisation, said a statement from AAIB.
‘Crisis Assistance Plus’ plan ensures that clients have 24x7 emergency access to a team of specialist consultants, anywhere in the world, who can put emergency procedures in place to secure one’s safety, if necessary by deploying personal security staff, or providing access to highly skilled negotiators and experts in cases of kidnap and ranson.
“Business people can travel to frontier markets with greater confidence now. This product is about responding to the needs of the businesses community. Our research has revealed that corporate travellers need swift, inexpensive assistance that provides professional help when the worst happens,” said William Wakeham, chief executive officer of AAIB.
“Similar cover is available off-line but it takes much longer to arrange and is many times more expensive,” he said.
According to Wakeham, the package provides guidance and protection to clients who suspect their life is in danger or their safety is threatened.
“Benefits include crisis consultant’s costs, emergency political evacuation, legal expenses, independent interpreter fees, relocation, travel and accommodation, emergency medical care. Should the worst happen and a kidnapping takes place, the plan offers thirty days access to highly trained mediators – essential in these sorts of circumstances,” said Wakeham.
“Potential clients can also select their outbound and return travel dates, rather than be restricted to preset periods of cover,” he added. - TradeArabia News Service