A global survey by International SOS has found that most Asia-Pacific companies do not provide specific travel-safety advice for female staffers. This is daunting because "women are often perceived as easier targets," says Penelope Kinch, the firm's deputy managing news editor for travel security services. "They're more likely to fall victim to handbag theft, sexual harassment and sexual assault."
Of the 120 Asia-Pacific poll respondents, 57 per cent said their organisation did not provide unique travel advice for female staff, while 15 per cent said their companies intended to do so.
Though the reasons for this in Asia are varied, Kinch suggests they may relate to a failure to keep pace with the rising numbers of female travellers. "Women now account for 45 per cent of business travellers," she says.
Another explanation may stem from differing perc