UK travel expert warns clients over GCC Blackberry bans
A respected UK-based corporate travel service specialist has warned clients travelling to the Middle East to review their corporate security processes in light of Blackberry smartphone bans in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.David Hughes, General Manager of corporate travel manager QBT, warns that organisations should review their corporate security processes if they have travellers going to, or already located within the Middle East or other countries who are considering banning or restricting the use of Blackberrys. “In an event such as a natural disaster or political unrest it is crucial that companies have a means of locating and communicating with their employees,” he said. “We saw a perfect example of this just recently with the political unrest in Thailand and the Volcanic Ash crisis.”QBT Connect is one of a number of companies offering clients specialised SMS messaging services designed to track and communicate with staff travelling overseas.”This is a great example of why QBT has partnered with conTgo to deliver QBT Connect to our corporate customers to ensure their safety and so we can stay in contact with them whenever needed,” concluded David Hughes. The UAE, India and Saudi Arabia are either in the process of banning or considering banning Blackberry services, citing national security issues as a primary concern.