Survey Finds Security Directors Fear Latin America Most

By Matthew Harwood

A joint survey conducted by Control Risks and International SOS finds that business leaders believe Latin America is the riskiest region in the world to send their business travelers while terrorism and civil unrest continue to be the greatest travel concern for businesses.

The survey found that 40 percent of security directors, travel managers, and human resources executives—who primarily hail from the United States—chose Latin America as the riskiest place in the world for travelers. Just over 30 percent considered the Middle East as the most dangerous region to send travelers, followed by Asia, and then Europe.

The escalating drug war that has enveloped Mexico is one of the main reasons businesses fear Latin America.

"Mexico remains high on companies’ lists of security concerns – it was the country researched on International SOS’ member website most often in 2010, second only to India," according to an International SOS press release. "Though crime rates there are lower than in a number of other Central and South American countries, the speed at which the crime has increased coupled with the concentration of violence near the U.S. border keeps Mexico top of mind as a business travel security concern, survey results and member feedback indicate."

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