Commercial Medical Escorts - Blog - Travel Tips Our CME blog will keep you aware of what is going on within the aero medical transport industry and the latest news for Commercial Medical Escorts. http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/ http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification BlogEngine.NET 2.0.0.36 en-GB http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/opml.axd http://www.dotnetblogengine.net/syndication.axd My name Commercial Medical Escorts - Blog 0.000000 0.000000 Uber, Taxi, or Just Walk? <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Uber, Taxi, or Just Walk? Tips for Traveling When You’re Traveling</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you’ve ever planned a trip abroad, you’ve likely spent hours researching and comparing flights, hotels, restaurants, and activities before you’ve made a single booking. One thing that travelers often forget to plan is how to explore their destination once they’ve arrived. Sure, there might be dozens of activities within walking distance of your hotel, but what about the attraction that you’re dying to see that’s miles away? What if you pick a destination with plenty of activities, but poor or unreliable public transportation?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Most of us rely on private drivers in situations like these. Whether you prefer metered, licensed taxi services or ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft, there are plenty of reasons why most of us might choose to hire a ride. They’re usually less stressful and more cost-effective than renting a vehicle, and one doesn’t have to be familiar with the local landscape and traffic to get where they’re going if they hire a local driver.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">That being said, there are still risks related to hiring a driver when traveling. Reports of people becoming victims of crime from people posing as hired drivers are all too common these days. These dangers can become even greater when traveling internationally. You can avoid a lot of potentially threatening situations by considering a few things beforehand.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent: -.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">1.<span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">     </span></span><!--[endif]-->Research both public and private transportation options prior to arriving at your destination. Public transportation vehicles and stations are often monitored by surveillance and law enforcement officers, which may make them a safer option. If public transportation is not a reliable option, you should also note that the ride-sharing app that you use locally may not be available in your destination city. Even if it is available, it may not be the safest method of hiring a driver. Licensed taxi drivers have long opposed competition from ride-sharing apps because they are often undercut on rates. In cities like New York, Paris, London, Mexico City, and Johannesburg, Uber and Lyft drivers have become targets of violence from taxi drivers. For all these reasons, its best to research your transportation options before you really need to use them.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent: -.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">2.<span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">     </span></span><!--[endif]-->If you hire a taxi driver, be advised that, in some countries, cash is the only accepted payment option. Have some local currency on hand before you hail a cab to avoid any confrontation with the driver at your drop-off spot.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent: -.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">3.<span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">     </span></span><!--[endif]-->If you’re using a ride-sharing app like Uber or Lyft, make sure to identify the vehicle and driver prior to entering the vehicle. The app should tell you the make, model, and license plate number of the vehicle as well as the first name of the driver. Also, ask your driver to identify the name of the person who requested the ride. Simply ask, “What’s my name?” before you enter the vehicle to make certain that you have the right driver.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent: -.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">4.<span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">     </span></span><!--[endif]-->Share your ride status with someone you trust. Ride-sharing apps typically have a “Send Status” feature that allows others to track your ride using GPS. If they notice anything abnormal about your route, they will be able to contact police and alert them of the problem.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent: -.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">5.<span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">     </span></span><!--[endif]-->Transactions for ride-sharing apps are always completed electronically using a credit, debit, or gift card. If an Uber or Lyft driver ever asks for a cash payment, consider it a red flag and leave the vehicle before the ride starts.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="text-indent: -.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">6.<span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">     </span></span><!--[endif]-->Regardless of whether your ride is a taxi, Uber, or Lyft, request pick-up and drop-off locations in areas that are well-lit and well-populated, if possible.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: .25in;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">At CME, safety is always our top priority when planning a trip. We use only commercially-licensed drivers with the proper skills and equipment relevant to each client’s needs. 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http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2017/08/08/Uber-Taxi-or-Just-Walk.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2017/08/08/Uber-Taxi-or-Just-Walk.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=ebbd687b-f75d-4382-b51d-d087316c8624 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:18:00 -1200 Travel Tips Blake http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=ebbd687b-f75d-4382-b51d-d087316c8624 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=ebbd687b-f75d-4382-b51d-d087316c8624 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2017/08/08/Uber-Taxi-or-Just-Walk.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=ebbd687b-f75d-4382-b51d-d087316c8624 Tips for Traveling With Pets <p> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: .5in; line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">A man’s bestfriend can become a complex problem while traveling.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>Some pet owners settle for doggy day cares or pet sitter centers, but everyone else has trouble parting from their canine partners.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>The most important tip is to ensure your pet is either wears a microchips for identification or a collar with a tag imprinted with their name, your name, and a phone number.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: .5in; line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Traveling by plane with a pet is by far the most stressful.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>You should try to avoid air travel unless your furry friend can fit under the seat, however, CME wants to provide some tips to keep your pet safe.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="text-indent: -.25in; line-height: 200%; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if 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health certificate within ten days of departure.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>You can also inquire information on how to relax your pet in case they grow anxious or uncomfortable during the ride.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent: -.25in; line-height: 200%; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">3.<span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">     </span></span><!--[endif]-->If traveling outside the United States, there may be additional requirements needed to take your pet on an airplane.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent: -.25in; line-height: 200%; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">4.<span style="font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal;">     </span></span><!--[endif]-->You will also need to purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>The crate needs to be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, and move around comfortably.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>It is also a good idea to tape a pouch of dried food outside the crate so airline personnel can feed your pet.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>The crate also needs to be lined with some type of bedding- paper or towels- and freezing a tray of water is a good way to keep them hydrated without the spills.</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent: -.25in; line-height: 200%; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="mso-list: Ignore;">5.<span style="font-style: 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font-size: small;">In return for love and comfort our pet’s give us, it is our job that traveling is a smooth and safe experience for them as it is for us.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>CME wishes the best of travels and reminds you that we are here to assist for any assistance needed while traveling.</span></p> <p><img style="vertical-align: top; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/image.axd?picture=2017%2f7%2fiStock-523698317.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="500" /></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2017/07/31/Tips-for-Traveling-With-Pets-.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2017/07/31/Tips-for-Traveling-With-Pets-.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=fe9739e6-51cf-41a4-9c6d-8b380a3954e4 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:03:00 -1200 Travel Tips Blake http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd 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200%; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">·<span style="line-height: normal;">      </span><!--[endif]--><em><span style="font-family: "Times New Roman";">For those who travel internationally, CDC recommends that all U.S. residents older than 6 months be protected from measles and receive MMR vaccine, if needed, prior to departure.   </span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent: -.25in; line-height: 200%; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">·<span style="line-height: normal;">      </span><!--[endif]--><em><span style="font-family: "Times New Roman";">Infants 6 through 11 months old should receive 1 dose of MMR vaccine before departure.</span></em></span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="text-indent: -.25in; line-height: 200%; mso-list: l0 level1 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style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";">As the summer season comes around each year, airports become more crowded and security wait times become longer, making travel much more difficult and stressful.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>Commercial Medical Escorts moves patients from country to country, but travel around the United States is still very popular.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>As families and friends get ready to go on vacation, CME reminds you to be aware of extensive airport lines and to plan accordingly for your travels.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; line-height: 200%;"><span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";">The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says “a loss of thousands of employees in 2014 that the agency has 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http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2016/05/17/Long-TSA-Lines-.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=03e7585b-4d0e-49b6-aaaf-ea01619e048f Tue, 17 May 2016 04:49:00 -1200 Travel Tips Blake http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=03e7585b-4d0e-49b6-aaaf-ea01619e048f 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=03e7585b-4d0e-49b6-aaaf-ea01619e048f http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2016/05/17/Long-TSA-Lines-.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=03e7585b-4d0e-49b6-aaaf-ea01619e048f Real ID Act to Pose Challenges for Many Travelers <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Since 911, America has seen an increase in airport security and the process by which passengers need to follow in order to travel within the United States and abroad. These changes came about to increase safety and security for US Citizens, and the US government is continuing to work on making sure our safety is a high priority.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">At Commercial Medical Escorts (CME), safety is also our number one priority. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of care, while keeping patient safety at the forefront of each and every decision that is made. We look into the safety of not only the patients, but also our escorts that serve on each mission around the world. As changes are made surrounding airline safety as well as travel requirements we ensure they have the most up to date information.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Since 2005, the US Government has slowly been implementing and enforcing a variety of new rules to traveling to comply with the 2005 Real ID Act. Beginning in 2016 there is a select group of states in which residents will be required to travel with a passport, even on domestic travel. Currently the following states that will follow under these guidelines are:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Massachusetts</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Minnesota</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">New Hampshire</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Louisiana</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">Wisconsin</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">New York</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-size: 7pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">      </span></span><span style="text-indent: -0.25in; font-family: Arial;">American Samoa</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">The driver’s licenses and state IDs from the aforementioned states above are not compliant with the Real ID standards and this is why they are requiring those residents to travel with their passports. While all of our <a name="OLE_LINK2"></a><a name="OLE_LINK1"><span style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2;">nurses, physicians, paramedics, and travel companions </span></a>carry passports, this is not the case for all Americans.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>It does not appear to be clear as to why the states above do not meet the requirements, but the US government believes this is a vital component of our national security framework that needs to be complied with at all levels.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">According to the Department of <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief">Homeland Security’s guidelines</a> on enforcement of the Real ID Act,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on December 20, 2013 a phased enforcement plan for the REAL ID Act (the Act), as passed by Congress, that will implement the Act in a measured, fair, and responsible way.</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">Secure driver’s licenses and identification documents are a vital component of our national security framework. The REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government ‘set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.’ The Act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards.  The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, no sooner than 2016, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">States and other jurisdictions have made significant progress in enhancing the security of their licenses over the last number of years. As a result, approximately 70-80% of all U.S. drivers hold licenses from jurisdictions: (1) determined to meet the Act’s standards; or (2) that have received extensions. Individuals holding driver’s licenses or identification cards from these jurisdiction may continue to use them as before. </span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span style="font-family: Arial;">Individuals holding licenses from noncompliant jurisdictions will need to follow alternative access control procedures for purposes covered by the Act.  As described below, enforcement for boarding aircraft will occur no sooner than 2016.”</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Under the final phase, which will begin "no sooner than 2016," residents of "non-compliant" states will no longer be allowed to present state-issued driver's licenses as identification for air travel, but instead will be required to present "alternative forms of identification – such as a U.S. Passport." It is up to those states that are not in compliance, working with the federal government, to come up with a solution to this problem.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Implementation of REAL ID has been repeatedly delayed over the past 10 years to provide additional time for states to comply, and it is possible that further extensions could be granted. DHS has promised that before this final phase is implemented, it "will conduct an evaluation to inform a fair and achievable timeline. The date for implementing Phase 4 will be set after the evaluation has been complete; this phase will occur no sooner than 2016...DHS will ensure the public has ample advanced notice before identification requirements for boarding aircraft."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Given that not being able to use a driver's license to board an airplane for domestic travel could prove extremely disruptive to residents and travel businesses in the non-compliant states.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">CME will continue to monitor this situation as it impacts our nurses, physicians, paramedics, and travel companions, but also the patients and their family members that we bring home. Prior to any transport, our team ensures that we check all travel documents to ensure you have all the necessary documents to ensure a smooth journey back to your home.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">http://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/18/Real-ID-Act-to-Pose-Challenges-for-Many-Travelers.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/18/Real-ID-Act-to-Pose-Challenges-for-Many-Travelers.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e Fri, 18 Sep 2015 16:09:00 -1200 CME News Senior Travel Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/18/Real-ID-Act-to-Pose-Challenges-for-Many-Travelers.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=05a575af-987e-4bd4-906b-43ff86e0bf1e Winter Travel Season-- Top 10 Ski Resorts <p>Summer is coming to an end and winter will be just around the corner. Individuals choose to go on vacation and holiday year round. Whether it is a weekend getaway or a weeklong exploration, vacation is an opportunity for people to relax and do some of their favorite activities. The winter season brings opportunities for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowboarding and skiing around the world.</p> <p>Vail, Colo., is the top ski resort in the U.S., according to members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), while Whistler in Canada is the best for skiing outside of the U.S.</p> <p>Vail was chosen by 23 percent of those surveyed mainly because it is a large ski area with plenty of accommodations, has different skill levels and has the right ratio of social activities to skiing to keep clients happy. Several agents said their choice of Vail was based entirely on the feedback from their customers, with one saying “my opinion doesn’t matter; my clients ask for Vail and return to Vail more than any other ski resort.” </p> <p>Following Vail were:  Aspen, Colo. (15%); Park City, Utah (10%); Breckenridge, Colo. (9%); Steamboat Springs, Colo. (6%); Beaver Creek, Colo. (3%); Snowmass in Aspen (2%); Telluride, Colo. (2%); Keystone, Colo. (2%); and Jackson Hole, Wyo. (2%).</p> <p>Whistler, Canada, was chosen by 18% of respondents for its proximity to the U.S., beauty and good accommodations. Said one agent: “It is easy for Americans to reach and the village has lots of things for families to do.”</p> <p>Rounding out the top 10 international ski resorts are: Zermatt, Switzerland (15%); St. Moritz, Switzerland (11%);  Innsbrook, Austria (8%); Chamonix, France (4%); Banff, Canada (3%); Davos, Switzerland (3%); Val d’Isere, France (3%); Kitzbuhel, Austria (3%); and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (2%).</p> <p>As you start to plan your winter vacation, consider some of the key winter locations that boast 300+ inches of snow a year. Many of our nurses will travel to these winter destinations to bring your loved ones home via commercial airline. Our escorts sometimes will pick up a patient in 80 degree weather and return them to a climate in which the weather is below 20 degrees.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>This is the nature of the business and their suitcase is always packed for dramatic climate changes.</p> <p>We encourage you to engage in those winter activities that you love the most, but please ensure you consider safety when going down those triple diamond trails. We suggest all travelers purchase travel insurance and be aware of your surroundings. Safe travels this upcoming winter season.</p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/03/Winter-Travel-Season-Top-10-Ski-Resorts-in-the-US-Abroad-.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/03/Winter-Travel-Season-Top-10-Ski-Resorts-in-the-US-Abroad-.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=390543da-3cb8-48ae-a883-45a69f204830 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:57:00 -1200 Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=390543da-3cb8-48ae-a883-45a69f204830 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=390543da-3cb8-48ae-a883-45a69f204830 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/09/03/Winter-Travel-Season-Top-10-Ski-Resorts-in-the-US-Abroad-.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=390543da-3cb8-48ae-a883-45a69f204830 Beware of Tourist Scams When Traveling Abroad <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Summer is the season for our medical escorts to be traveling to/from Europe on a weekly basis. Although Commercial Medical Escorts moves patients in and out of Europe throughout the year, summer is the most favorable time of year for travelers to see the Amalfi Coast of Italy, the heart of Paris, and the other magnificent destinations throughout Europe. Pictures and stories depict Europe as a great place to visit, but as a tourist CME reminds you to be cognizant of your surroundings and stay away from “tourist traps”.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">U.S News reports the top ten European cities as:</span></p> <ol> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Rome</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></strong><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Paris</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">London</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></strong><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Florence</strong></span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"></strong><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Barcelona</strong></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Amsterdam </span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Prague</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Berlin</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Venice </span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Vienna</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Of these top ten destinations, three of the cities are in countries where tourist scams are most prevalent. Spain is the number one ranking country in Europe known for tourist and holiday scams. Italy and France follow close behind. Every day travelers to these areas have a high chance that they could become a victim of one of these scams. Some of the most common scams include pickpockets, over-charging taxi drivers, charging a hidden tourist tax at hotels, street vendor tactics, and street crime.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">In an article written by Hugh Morris from The Daily Telegraph, he provides statistics from a study which travelers were scammed: <br /></span></p> <table class="MsoNormalTable" style="mso-cellspacing: 1.5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;" border="0" cellpadding="0"> <thead> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Rank</strong></span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Country</strong></span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>Percentage of Individuals scammed</strong></span></p> </td> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 1;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">1</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Spain</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">21.5</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 2;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">2</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">France</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">14.8</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 3;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">3</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Italy</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">10.2</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 4;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Turkey</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; 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font-size: small;">7.5</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 7;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">7</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Belgium</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">7</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 8;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">8</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">UK</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">5.4</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 9;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">9</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Armenia</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4.4</span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 10; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes; height: 3.5pt;"> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt; height: 3.5pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">10</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt; height: 3.5pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Cyprus</span></p> </td> <td style="padding: .75pt .75pt .75pt .75pt; height: 3.5pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4.4</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> CME strongly encourages our nurses and physicians to take necessary safety precautions when traveling abroad. Our operations team does a full safety review of each destination to ensure our escorts are aware of the safety protocols and current social environment at each location. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> The USTIA provides the following tips to prevent common scams when traveling:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Once you have arrived, here are some top travel scams you want to be on the lookout for:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><br /> 1. <strong>Credit Card Confusion</strong> – You’re relaxing late at night in your hotel room after a long day. The phone rings, and the clerk at the desk explains there has been a mix-up on your paperwork and credit card number information.  They would like to read the credit card number to you to verify that it’s correct.  They provide you with the last 4 digits of your card number and ask you to verify that it’s correct (it won’t be).  After you explain the number is incorrect, they sound confused and ask you to read back the entire number. Once you read the entire card number they claim to have found the form and all is well. You’ve just been scammed!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">What to Do When The Phone Rings: </span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l4 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Never give your credit card information over the phone from your hotel room.  </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l4 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Go downstairs to the hotel registration desk in person should any “questions” arise in regards to your reservations or payment details.  </span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong> </strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>2. Taxi Cab Scam</strong> – You’re standing in the hotel’s official taxi line waiting. Suddenly you hear “taxi?” and turn to see a nicely dressed person motioning for you to leave the line. You notice the 15 people waiting in front of you and think bypassing the line might be a good idea; after all, you’re in a hurry! </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Do not take the offer! Scam artists are known for posing as taxi drivers. Accepting a ride risks more than your wallet, and you might become a victim.  Once you are in the car, these con artists may take you to a deserted area and then assault and/or rob you of your luggage, money and other valuables. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">What to Do If Approached: </span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">All official taxis should have the car number and company plainly visible on the outside. Check for it – if you don’t see it, don’t accept a ride. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Visibly examine the rate “sheet” and/or the meter when you get into the car. This may keep the driver from getting any ideas about hiking up the per mile rate after you’ve started toward your destination.  </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo3; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you’re unsure about where and how to catch a proper taxi, check with your hotel concierge for a recommendation. </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><strong>3. Helping Hand</strong> – Walking in a crowded tourist attraction, you suddenly find you’ve been bumped and food or drink spilled on your clothes. The kind stranger who jostled you offers to lend you a helping hand to clean up. While helping you, the stranger also helps him or herself to your wallet.  </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">What to Do: </span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo4; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Stay alert in a crowd! Any attempt to divert your attention or jostle you should be treated as a pick pocketing attempt. </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l2 level1 lfo4; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Divide up any money that you are carrying between your pockets, socks, shirt, wallet and any other areas you can think of. It is unlikely that a thief will be able to reach all the different areas where your money is stored should you be targeted.  </span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">4<strong>. The Deal of a Lifetime</strong> – This one may happen prior to departure!  These scam artists will offer you hotel or other accommodations in a travel hot spot for a ridiculously low price. The goal is to relieve you of your money as quickly as possible. To do this, they might offer you a “bonus” or a “prize” for purchasing. Typically the prizes sound great, but are not as advertised.   </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"> <br /> What to Listen For:</span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo5; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Time sensitive Offer – “only good for next few minutes…” </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo5; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Warnings - “you can’t tell anyone about this!” or “only one package is available...” </span></li> <li class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph; mso-list: l1 level1 lfo5; tab-stops: list .5in;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Verbal pauses - “ahs” and “ums” </span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: justify; text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you are approached, do not agree to purchase without first verifying that the company is legitimate. In the U.S., you can do this by inquiring about the company’s liability Insurance. Any legitimate company should have liability insurance. If not, it should be a red flag that things aren’t on the up and up. Remember, if a trip seems too good to be true, offers too many prizes or bonuses or is below market cost, then it probably isn’t a legitimate offer.<br /> <br /> If possible, use a credit card when paying for your tickets, hotel, car rental and attraction fares. This ensures you can dispute any charges if you do get scammed without actually being out money from your bank account.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Be smart when you travel. Make sure you purchase travel insurance and always know your surroundings. Commercial Medical Escorts believes safety and security is the number one priority and so should you!</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/07/22/Beware-of-Tourist-Scams-When-Traveling-Abroad.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/07/22/Beware-of-Tourist-Scams-When-Traveling-Abroad.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:45:00 -1200 CME News Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/07/22/Beware-of-Tourist-Scams-When-Traveling-Abroad.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=326247c9-6cd3-4886-acb1-f3369ac434c5 CME Offers Advice to Help Keep Summer Travelers Cool <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Recent headlines are full of reports predicting that this summer will be a record-breaker when it comes to airline passengers being bumped from their flights. For many, the prospect of being bumped is frustrating at best, and for those who are unaware of their rights, the results can be maddening, not to mention costly. Add to that ever-changing security rules and new passport requirements and summer travel can seem daunting. With this in mind, CME has prepared a list of tips to help summer travelers stay calm, cool and collected. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Airline Bumping: What You Need to Know</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">To avoid being bumped:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Get an advance seat assignment. Passengers with seat assignments are typically only bumped if they arrive late and their seat assignment is released.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Check-in online. If you do not have an advance seat assignment, or you want to change your seat assignment, check-in online. Most airlines allow you to do so within 24 hours of departure. Seat assignments that were not available at the time of ticketing may be available when checking in online.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Don't be late. If all else fails, get to the airport early. Some airlines reserve a portion of their seat assignment inventory for airport check-in. If you are denied a seat assignment at check-in, put your name on the "standby" seat assignment list.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">If you are bumped or wish to take advantage of airline's request that you give up your seat:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Know the lingo. Voluntary bumping occurs when a passenger with a confirmed seat assignment agrees to give up his seat for negotiated compensation. It is not regulated by the DOT. Involuntary bumping occurs when an airline forcibly bumps a paid passenger from a flight because it has been oversold. The DOT regulates compensation for involuntary bumping.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Know what questions to ask. If you volunteer to give up your seat in response to an airline offer of a free ticket, it is important passengers ask about restrictions. Ask about expiration and blackout dates, such as holidays.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Know your rights. If you are involuntarily denied boarding, and substitute transportation is scheduled to arrive at your destination between one and two hours after your original arrival time (between one and four hours on international flights), the airline must pay you an amount equal to your one-way fare to your final destination, with a $200 maximum. If the substitute transportation is scheduled to get you to your destination more than two hours later (four hours internationally), or if the airline does not make any substitute travel arrangements for you, the compensation doubles (twice the cost of your fare, $400 maximum).</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Navigating Security</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Remember 3-1-1. New regulations limit the amount of liquids passengers can take through security in their carry-on luggage to travel-size toiletries of three (3) ounces or less that fit comfortably in one (1) quart-size, clear plastic zip-top bag and the one (1) bag per passenger must be placed in the screening bin. Items purchased after clearing security may be brought on-board. (Visit TravelSense.org to learn about restrictions in Canada, the U.K. and the European Union.)</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">Traveling Internationally?</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Better get a passport. Effective Jan. 1, 2007, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires a passport or other accepted document for all air travel from within the Western Hemisphere for citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda. U.S. citizens returning directly from a U.S. territory (Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) do not need to present a passport.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">    Plan (way) ahead. The U.S. State Department's Passport Services unit is experiencing a major backlog in processing applications. Rather than taking four to six weeks, routine applications or renewals are now taking 12 weeks. Even expedited service takes about three to four weeks. And, because the service uses a centralized system, travelers cannot get their documents faster by submitting applications directly to a regional processing facility. </span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;">At CME, our nurses and physicians experience many of these travel challengers on a daily basis when traveling. CAMTS requires all of our medical staff to have travel insurance and we also encourage all travelers to have it. Depending on the type of policy you have, you may be entitled to a variety of benefits when situations such as those described above. Safe travels this summer!</span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/06/21/CME-Offers-Advice-to-Help-Keep-Summer-Travelers-Cool.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/06/21/CME-Offers-Advice-to-Help-Keep-Summer-Travelers-Cool.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:59:00 -1200 CME News Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/06/21/CME-Offers-Advice-to-Help-Keep-Summer-Travelers-Cool.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=8f26f1c5-acfd-400f-9bde-2d11adcf7c78 Orlando Hits Record High in Tourism Again <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.0pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";">Orlando is practically in the back yard of Commercial Medical Escorts, just under three hours away from our company headquarters. The U.S. has its own charms and hot spots to visit but there are two places that tourist seem to be very fond of. Both New York and Orlando happen to bring in the largest amount of tourist out of the many other places in the United States, but only one can reign supreme. So which city is it that tourist are picking as their “to go” place? As it turns out, Orland happens to be on top of the hierarchy when it comes to being the center of tourism here in the U.S.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">According to Visit Orlando, a whopping 62 million tourist visited the Florida city during 2014 in hopes of having a good time, which, according to Orlando Sentinel, is “That is more people than the populations of Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, and Delaware, combined”.</span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">  </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">Although this isn’t too much of a surprise, as Orlando did open up a few more attractions, including Universal Orlando’s diagon alley, from the Harry Potter series, for those of you who are unfamiliar. </span><span style="color: #444444; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">George Aguel, the President and CEO of Visit Orlando, said “This historic milestone is the latest testament to Orlando’s leadership in tourism.” He continued to say “It’s a tribute to the steadfast commitment and continued investment by our tourism community, the special brand of service that greets our visitors and the global marketing and sales efforts of our Visit Orlando team and member companies.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">This wouldn’t be the first time that Orlando has broken this record. In 2013, the record was broken with an astonishing 59 million people, and again New York coming in second place. More so, Orlando was able to break another record in 2014. Apparently, they were able to sell 32 million room nights, which amounted to over 200 million, the largest that the Orange County has ever seen. Mayor Teresa Jacobs commented “The impact of tourism on our community is remarkable and, in fact, the travel and tourism industry is the largest generator of jobs and economic impact for our region...”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">Although New York did have something to say in response to the victory. Chris Heywood, an official at NYC & Co., said “We congratulate them on those numbers,” It seemed like a friendly enough thing to say, but he continued to say “We're thrilled to be the number one destination for international visitation. That is a market that stays longer and spends more money.” This just happens to be the case. New York, while not the top when it comes to general tourism, leaps bounds over everywhere else when it comes to international tourist, leading with a 12.2 million people, and Orlando only having half that amount.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Even so, it is a great achievement to be the leading in the total amount of tourism coming into a place. If anything, it might be a good idea to start planning a trip, just to see what all the fuss is about.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Sources:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/officials-orlando-top-us-tourist-destination-2014-30174715" target="_blank">http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/officials-orlando-top-us-tourist-destination-2014-30174715</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;" href="http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2015/04/orlando-becomes-first-destination-to-surpass-60m.html" target="_blank">http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2015/04/orlando-becomes-first-destination-to-surpass-60m.html</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;" href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/tourism-central-florida-blog/os-orlando-visitation-record-2014-20150409-post.html" target="_blank">http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/tourism-central-florida-blog/os-orlando-visitation-record-2014-20150409-post.html</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;" href="http://www.travelweekly.com/North-America-Travel/Orlando-breaks-visitor-record" target="_blank">http://www.travelweekly.com/North-America-Travel/Orlando-breaks-visitor-record</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;" href="http://www.ibtimes.com/orlando-surpasses-new-york-most-visited-us-city-1574621" target="_blank">http://www.ibtimes.com/orlando-surpasses-new-york-most-visited-us-city-1574621</a><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;"> </span></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/26/Orlando-Hits-Record-High-in-Tourism-Again.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/26/Orlando-Hits-Record-High-in-Tourism-Again.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=23a9cb9b-b2d5-474a-aadd-b25e705ac58b Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -1200 Budget Travel Travel Stories Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=23a9cb9b-b2d5-474a-aadd-b25e705ac58b 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=23a9cb9b-b2d5-474a-aadd-b25e705ac58b http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/26/Orlando-Hits-Record-High-in-Tourism-Again.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=23a9cb9b-b2d5-474a-aadd-b25e705ac58b Loyalty Programs Among Hotels and Airlines Attract Travelers <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;">Now we all know that hotels seek to give their customers the best in customer satisfaction. As one enjoys their visit and the services offered, one is more inclined to return to that hotel, even prioritize it over many others. Yet hotels strive for more than just excellent services in order to win over the hearts of their customers, such as hotel-loyalty plans. This actually ends up being extremely important, as it increases each customer’s experience and satisfaction with that brand. Thus, like all things, hotels seek to improve and strive to be the best they can be in this regard</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%;"> </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;">J.D Powers took a survey of the change in satisfaction with different Hotel Loyalty and Rewards and it turned out that Hilton HHonors and Delta Privileges ended up being a tie for highest ranked satisfaction in their programs. To start, this survey looks at many different part of these loyalty plans, such as how easy it is to redeem points, how easily can one earn points, customer service, and even the rewards themselves. After looking into all of this, J.D. Powers was able to find that the overall satisfaction with these programs had increased from 676 in 2014 to 701 in 2015, along a 1000 point scale. The satisfaction score for Delta and Hilton HHonors both ended up being 727.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;">As the study was going on, several observations were made. For one, it turned out that reviews, awards, and online ratings seemed to help drive the satisfaction of these programs for its members as opposed to just word of mouth. What also aided in the growth of members satisfaction was the ability to earn points from purchases of goods and services. Yet one big factor which even helped people decide which program to sign up with was the convenience of the location compared to where these members planned on going.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;">It’s not hard to see why Delta was tied for first in ultimate membership satisfaction. For simply being a member, one earns the benefits of priority check in and wait list, express checkout, and free high-speed internet access with one’s stay. Yet the benefits continue to grow as one’s membership increases, including getting up to $500 credit for platinum plus members to spend on guest rooms, events, meetings, and dining.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;">Hilton has its own set of rewards as well, which was ranked equal to Delta, including complimentary access to fitness and health centers, every fifth night free, having a second guest stay free (assuming you’re a diamond member), and much more.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: small; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The loyalty rewards program has certainly boosted the overall amount of satisfaction that hotel program members have toward the brand they are loyal to, so if you aren’t part of one of these, it may be a good idea to change that quite soon, so long as you do your homework in what works best for you. We recommend speaking with your travel agent to ensure you are enrolled in all the programs available to you as a traveler. Our escorts are constantly flying to different parts around the world and those mileage points on preferred carriers can add up to a complimentary ticket, gift cards, and other great perks that the travel partners use to keep you coming back to their hotel/airline for future travel.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Hotel Rewards Programs Sources:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" href="http://www.hotelsmag.com/Industry/News/Details/57626" target="_blank">http://www.hotelsmag.com/Industry/News/Details/57626</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" href="http://hhonors3.hilton.com/en/explore/benefits/index.html" target="_blank">http://hhonors3.hilton.com/en/explore/benefits/index.html</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" href="https://www.deltahotels.com/Delta-Privilege/Member-Benefits" target="_blank">https://www.deltahotels.com/Delta-Privilege/Member-Benefits</a></p> http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/21/Loyalty-Programs-Among-Hotels-and-Airlines-Attract-Travelers.aspx http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/21/Loyalty-Programs-Among-Hotels-and-Airlines-Attract-Travelers.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=b18ec7e5-6924-4d72-8632-03428175402a Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:11:00 -1200 Budget Travel Senior Travel Travel Agent Travel Tips Lux Joseph http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/pingback.axd http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post.aspx?id=b18ec7e5-6924-4d72-8632-03428175402a 0 http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/trackback.axd?id=b18ec7e5-6924-4d72-8632-03428175402a http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/post/2015/04/21/Loyalty-Programs-Among-Hotels-and-Airlines-Attract-Travelers.aspx#comment http://www.commercialmedicalescorts.com/blog/syndication.axd?post=b18ec7e5-6924-4d72-8632-03428175402a