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ITIJ TV Episode V out now! Includes interviews with Richard Gibbons of CEGA Group and Nick Gibbons of Nordic Insurance Software about how technology is revolutionising the global travel insurance industry, plus a round-up of some of this month’s news headlines and a report from our Grapevine correspondent.

Travel insurance

Research from Australian travel insurance provider Fast Cover has revealed that cruises account for half of 2015’s most expensive travel insurance claim pay-outs. Costs were mainly due to high medical costs incurred in onboard medical centres.

Ebola is the number one infectious disease travellers worry about; one in four travellers have changed their holiday plans in the past year because of safety or health concerns; and islands big or small are perceived to be the safest places to vacation, according to a new study. 

Travel matters

The latest annual Business Travel Show forecast has suggested that 2016 will be a challenging year for some – though not all – buyers of business travel services

On the move

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), has announced the appointment of Richard Spotswood as senior technology PI and cyber underwriter. He will report to Graeme King, regional head of technology and cyber (UK, Ireland, MENA, Nordics and Australia), and take on responsibility for growing the company’s regional tech, media and cyber book, and supporting a number of its largest global clients.

Company brief

Insurance provider Dr Walter has become the new European partner of the International Association for Student Insurance Services (IASIS)

Health matters

According to Tyrol Air Ambulance (TAA) of Austria, the most conditions frequently seen on its shuttle flights from the Mediterranean are strokes, brain haemorrhage; pneumonia; tumour and chronic pain patients; fractures and abdominal operations.

International Healthcare

A new report from research consultancy Timetric has suggested that major growth opportunities are set to appear in the health insurance market in Singapore over the next five years.

Insurance matters

In January, Australian insurer IAG announced that it had finalised its catastrophe reinsurance programme for the coming calendar year.

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