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Travelport Renews Call for Better Worldwide Crisis Coordination in Wake of Volcanic Ash Cloud Disruptions
Company Has Proposed US - EU Task Force on Global Emergency Communications
While the impetus for Travelport's recommendation was the Spring 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 virus, the confusion over travel and trade advisories and bans brought about by the spread of the volcanic ash cloud over Europe emphasizes the need for an official mechanism to coordinate crisis communications and decision-making.
The full story of the ash cloud has yet to be told, but it appears that once again governments are relying on fragmentary and incomplete data rather than facts to guide decisions regarding how people should travel and how goods should be transported between countries. As Giovanni Bisignani, director general and CEO of IATA said, European decisions to close airspace have been made with "no risk assessment, no consultation, no coordination, and no leadership."
Clarke stated, "In times of global crisis, it is imperative that government decisions on travel and trade be made with all pertinent information at hand. It's clear that is not happening in any kind of coordinated fashion right now. I strongly urge the US and EU governments to come together and establish this Global Emergency Communications Task Force."
"The American and European business leaders who participate in the TABD have a strong track record of putting forth clear recommendations to the US Government and European Commission to improve the transatlantic economic relationship. U.S.-EU innovation capacity depends, in part, on the secure movement of goods and the fastest and freest movement of people possible," said Kathryn Hauser, U.S. executive director of the TABD. "That is why the TABD called for establishment of a transatlantic task force capable of assessing and responding to global emergency situations as they relate to the international movement of goods and people. We reiterate this recommendation now, in light of the current crisis."
The proposed US - EU Task Force on Global Emergency Communications would serve as a clearinghouse of fact-based information for elected officials responding to global crises. It would ideally be chaired by government and business representatives from the travel and supply chain industries. Other members of the Task Force would represent different sectors of the economy and include health and security representatives.
Initially, the Task Force would focus on establishing cross-border relationships between the relevant decision-makers and developing mechanisms to ensure consistent communication in the case of an urgent emergency situation.
Further information on this recommendation as well as the complete list of proposals from TABD can be found at www.tabd.com.
Travelport is a broad-based business services company and a leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions to companies operating in the global travel industry. Travelport is comprised of the global distribution system (GDS) business that includes the Worldspan and Galileo brands; GTA, a leading global, multi-channel provider of hotel and ground services; Airline IT Solutions, which hosts mission critical applications and provides business and data analysis solutions for major airlines. With 2009 revenues of $2.2 billion, Travelport operates in 160 countries and has approximately 5,400 employees.
Travelport also owns approximately 48% of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company. Travelport is a private company owned by The Blackstone Group, One Equity Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures and Travelport management.
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