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“1 in 4 female business travellers have suffered a safety related incident whilst on company business, ranging from theft or personal belongings to serious sexual assault.” (Maiden Voyage, Female Traveller Safety Report, 2015)

CTI have become the first travel management company to join forces with female traveller safety experts, Maiden Voyage.

As part of the agreement, CTI can now offer certified female friendly hotels to their corporate clients. These world-wide hotels are personally inspected and must meet the strictest of security standards. The criteria includes 24/7 staffed reception, double-locking hotel doors and being located in a safe area.

The agreement also means that CTI have access to female business traveller safety awareness training, advice on gender specific travel policies and can offer clients access to the maiden-voyage.com secure network for female business travellers.

Clive Wratten, Commercial Director for CTI said, “Ensuring the safety of all of our travellers is one of our top priorities.  However, lone female business travellers can face a particular set of risks that many companies fail to acknowledge. Our partnership with Maiden Voyage now means that we are the first travel company to have access to an independently verified collection of hotels that have been inspected for both safety and comfort.“

Carolyn Pearson, founder of Maiden Voyage said, “This is not about discrimination or being patronised, this is about providing pragmatic support to a section of your workforce in a sensitive way. 51% of our survey respondents told us that they had felt vulnerable in the hotels provided by their employers. Many of those women felt that it would be ‘career limiting’ to voice their concerns and so said nothing.  If employees don’t get a good night’s sleep whilst on business travel they are not going to perform at their best the next day.

We are delighted that CTI have had the foresight to work with us on creating a better experience for the female business traveller.  We are already seeing an increase in corporate managers requesting services for lone female travellers and this trend is set to increase. “

CTI will be at the Office Show (London Olympia) on the 13th & 14th October 2015.

For further information please visit www.cti.co.uk.

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