The recent political turmoil in Thailand has left the country’s tourism industry barely registering a pulse. Arrival figures have plummeted and hotels are struggling to attract guests, yet one sector remains fighting fit – international medical care. Mick Shippen reports from Bangkok
ITIJ’s regular features provide an in-depth exploration of issues unique to the global travel and health insurance industry. Each feature is written exclusively for ITIJ by industry writers or experts in their field.
Just over a year after the sale of travel insurance through travel agents was regulated in the UK, ITIJ takes a look at the market to see what effects the regulation has had on the travel agents themselves, as well as the insurers
When does ‘worldwide’ emergency cover exclude the place you happen to be when you need help urgently? A Bristol couple found out when they ran into trouble on a Caribbean diving holiday, as David Kernek reports
Petra Kendall-Raynor examines how medical tourism an increasingly popular option as an acceptable alternative to elective care and what insurers and patients can do to ensure they are properly prepared
With more people than ever embarking on adventure holidays, Roger St Pierre questions whether the decision to cover some sports but not others is based on a whim, or on solid statistical research
Travel insurance claims have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the past 12 months. Phil Peart investigates the dark and murky underworld of insurance fraud
As the world goes online, is there still a role for the traditional insurance broker? Roger St. Pierre hunts down the answers
Sarah Glon details the development of carbon offsetting and socially responsible travel through ‘green’ insurance policies
The relaxation of banking regulations in Thailand has resulted in the growth of bancassurance. Although the focus is currently on personal accident, health, and auto policies, there is huge potential for travel insurance products. Mick Shippen spoke with Roy Gunara from the Bank of Ayudhya Pcl. in Bangkok
Hundreds of thousands of football fans from all over the world will head to South Africa this year for international soccer’s most important event, the FIFA World Cup™. But will it be business as usual for travel insurers, or should the industry brace itself for a surge of claims from a destination with worryingly high crime rates?
Diane Glon, staff writer on Business Monthly, the magazine published by the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, examines the trend of combining insurance and assistance services under one roof, and what this means for the customer.