In 2005 British citizens made over 60 million visits abroad. They spent in excess of 30 billion pounds in doing so. Many people now take more than one holiday overseas each year. The cost of foreign travel is reducing all the time. The Internet now allows people the freedom to choose. These facts also include some not too pleasant reading.
You are far more likely to suffer some form of illness whilst abroad. This is most likely to be food related. For older travellers or families with young children this can be both dangerous and distressing.
The Travel and Tourism Industry has become one of the most important global commercial activities. The forecast is for it to become the worlds largest industry sector in just a few years time. Many people take organised package trips, but the self arranged holiday, with the advent of the Internet, has increased sharply in recent years. Many more holidays will be taken. Risks will go up..
Environmental health and safety when travelling is becoming a major issue. As this sector is growing worldwide, choice and quality will become ever more important. There are several environmental risks associated with travel. Food Safety, Water Safety and Pool Safety are high on the list. Protection for the traveller is well established in EU directives and in individual country legislation, wherever you are in the world!
Particularly with regard to food and water safety issues, it is well known that food and water-borne illnesses are at best unpleasant, and at worst they can be fatal.
There exists however, well-established risk management systems, including food and water safety programmes that, if correctly implemented at the premises, help to minimise the risk of these illnesses happening to you.
Check safety first.com is an information network designed to increase public awareness of environmental safety and to promote hotels where better standards of safety exist. By using this website you will be able to check out safety standards at the hotel you may be considering booking for your holidays and/or business travel. Also you will be able to find the safest hotels at the country, resort, area, etc. of your choice when you plan your holidays and/or business travel. Nothing is ever completely safe, but we are here to show you hotels where the risk are significantly lower.
However, there are some other things you can do in order to stay healthy when you are away travelling. You can be prepared and know as much as possible about your destination.