Close
Conde Nast Traveler Concierge.com

« In Mumbai, Life-Saving Hospitality in the Heat of Battle | Main | "Whole Travel" Web Site Launches »

December 02, 2008

When Things Go Wrong: Resources You Need

by Sallie Brady

As I digested the words "hotels," "hostages," "grenades," that accompanied the horrific images of Mumbai under siege Wednesday, November 26, I had a sickening feeling that the bubble of hotel safety and security had been forever pierced. I wondered if the Americans and Brits trapped in the hotels were attempting to be in touch with the U.S. embassy and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and if these government agencies, in turn, were sending out alerts, as they claim to do in times of crisis.

I had reported something similar following the Lebanon-Israeli conflict of July 2006 and discovered that the U.S. State Department had major failings, so I began a bit obsessively looking at the State Department's travel.state.gov site, linking to the U.S. Embassy New Delhi site, where six hours after I saw the first horrible newsfeed from the burning Taj hotel, a picture of Tom Turkey and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was still the top item.

If you're a world traveler, more than ever these days you need to be armed with resources, which is why those of us contributing to Stop Press have already begun work on finding out everything you need to know about hotel security, technology in times of crisis, and what governments can do to help you. Look for our report in the February 2009 issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

For now, if you have travel plans, consider registering your trip for destination information and alerts with
1. U.S. State Department (travel.state.gov)
2. Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office (fco.gov.uk/en/)
3. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (smarttraveller.gov.au)
4. Canada's Consular Affairs Travel Updates (voyage.gc.ca)

Comments

click to post a comment >

About this blog
The editors at Conde Nast Traveler answer questions and share travel secrets, tips, and dispatches

Twitter: CNTraveler
RSS: RSS Feed
Email: Daily updates

WEEKLY TOPICS
RECENT COMMENTS


UPDATES ON TWITTER

TRAVEL BLOGS
Featured in Alltop

Prices and other information were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

EXPRESS SIGN-UP Sign up for one of our exciting panels and receive the latest news, travel offers, and event invitations from Condé Nast Traveler and our valued advertising partners.

http://www.cntpromo.com/ex.asp
Traveler Magazine

My Concierge.com

Advertisement

Advertisement

I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, Privacy Policy, and Mobile Terms and Conditions.

 
iPhone App:

Create personalized postcards out of your favorite travel photos!

Learn More ›
Subscribe to our free RSS feeds:

Get the latest destinations picks, hot hotel lists, travel deals and blog posts automatically added to your newsreader or your personalized homepage.

Learn More ›

Special Advertisement

Contests, Sweepstakes & Promotions