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iPMI Magazine Speaks With Sheldon Kenton President And CEO, GeoBlue

iPMI Magazine Speaks With Sheldon Kenton President And CEO, GeoBlue

In this exclusive iPMI Magazine interview, Christopher Knight, CEO, iPMI Magazine, sits down with Sheldon Kenton President And CEO, GeoBlue, to discuss his new appointment at GeoBlue, the IPMI market and the strategic development and service relationship between GeoBlue, Bupa and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Firstly, congratulations on your new appointment and thank you for sitting down to speak with us. May you introduce yourself and background in the international medical insurance market? I have...

18-06-2019 Executive Industry Interviews

iPMI Magazine Featured News Articles

CEGA Makes Senior Medical Appointment For New Spanish Office

CEGA Makes Senior Medical Appointment For New Spanish Office

Assistance, claims and travel risk management provider CEGA, a Charles Taylor company, has appointed Dr Carlos Fuentes Nieto to join its newly-established medical assistance team in Mallorca, Spain. CEGA's multilingual Spanish office, which is fully integrated with its UK operations, was set up earlier this year to extend the company's services to international insurers and support UK clients with an overseas presence. Its development is integral to the provider's ambitious growth...

11-07-2019 iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News

Cigna Opens Headquarters For African Operations In Nairobi, Kenya

Cigna Opens Headquarters For African Operations In Nairobi, Kenya

20th June 2019 and Cigna officially opened a new office in the One Africa Place building in Nairobi, Kenya. Arjan Toor, CEO of Cigna International Organisations & Africa comments, “We are delighted to reach another milestone in Africa with the opening of our new headquarters in the One Africa building in Nairobi. Growing our Kenyan team will enhance our local and regional presence and bring us closer to the people we...

24-06-2019 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

Rising Medical Costs And Shifting Health Drivers Fuel Innovation In Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

Rising Medical Costs And Shifting Health Drivers Fuel Innovation In Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

According to the Mercer Marsh Benefits (MMB) 2019 Medical Trends Around the World report, medical costs continue to outpace general inflation by close to 3x with the global average 9.7% in 2018. A similar increase is expected for 2019 and even higher for 2020. As the cost of health benefit programmes continues to rise globally, employers have the opportunity to contain cost through smarter plan design and employee access to quality-focused healthcare. In its...

18-06-2019 iPMI Magazine Cost Containment News

Integra Global Announces New Partnership For Telehealth Services In UAE

Integra Global Announces New Partnership For Telehealth Services In UAE

Integra Global, a leading provider of international health insurance plans worldwide, is introducing a new telehealth service into all of its Corporate and Individual plans in the U.A.E.  Together with SALAMA, the insurer of its plans in the U.A.E, Integra Global has selected Health at Hand as its partner, the first telemedicine provider licensed by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).   All existing and new members will have immediate access to the new...

18-06-2019 iPMI Product News

Tensions In The Gulf And Iran And The Impact On Insurance Premiums

Tensions In The Gulf And Iran And The Impact On Insurance Premiums

By Jonathan Moss, DWF Partner, Head of Transport and Shipping. Increasing uncertainty and high political instability in the Gulf region is likely to lead Insurers to raise premiums, renegotiate terms of cover and introduce riders to Marine and Energy contracts of insurance and reinsurance. The past two years has seen a dramatic deterioration in Qatar's diplomatic relations with the UAE over allegations of Qatar's support for what the UAE considers to be...

14-06-2019 Articles Case Studies

Aetna International Announces Launch Of Health And Lifestyle DNA Testing

Aetna International Announces Launch Of Health And Lifestyle DNA Testing

Aetna International, the global health benefits provider, is today launching DNA testing for its European members as an optional part of the wellness plans it offers. The DNA test will exclusively look at health and lifestyle, including nutrigenomics (the relationship between what we eat and our biochemical response), fitness, sleep and stress. The goal is to support members who want to take control of their health, using personalised information to spark...

26-05-2019 iPMI Product News

The iPMI Market In Focus

International Health Insurance 2019: The Definitive iPMI Market Report

International Health Insurance 2019: The Definitive iPMI Market Report

Leading international private medical insurance publisher iPMI Magazine is excited to announce the launch of “International Health Insurance 2019 - International Health Insurance for Expats, High Net Worth Individuals, 3rd Country Nationals, Domestic Nationals and Global Nomads: Volume 1, 2 and 3.  There are more opportunities than ever for insurers and brokers to sell health insurance globally to locals and internationals. The global demand for health insurance is rising fast; There are opportunities for...

05-04-2019 International Private Medical Insurance Magazine Reports

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Video: In 2019 The Definition Of An Expatriate Is Obsolete

Video: In 2019 The Definition Of An Expatriate Is Obsolete

The definition of an expatriate is obsolete because more people, including local nationals and expats, regularly travel internationally, due to their lifestyle, income and careers: a view shared by Ian Youngman, author of the brand new IPMI report, International Health Insurance 2019 and Generali Global Health CEO Marco Giacomelli. In the video Generali Global Health CEO Marco Giacomelli explains why IPMI is so important for globally mobile people and why the traditional concept...

19-06-2019 Articles Case Studies

iPMI Magazine Provider Network

iPMI Magazine Provider Network Directory e-Directory July 2019: iPMI - Assistance - Air Ambulance - Funeral Directors - Cost Containment - Claims Management + MORE

iPMI Magazine Provider Network Directory e-Directory July 2019: iPMI - Assistance - Air Ambulance - Funeral Directors - Cost Containment - Claims Management + MORE

You can tell a lot about a business by the company it keeps and iPMI Magazine is proud to present the leading international medical insurers and providers that assist with the cross border medical requirements of the global citizen. Uniting industry leaders under 1 roof the brand new iPMI Magazine payor and provider network directory delivers all the pertinent company intelligence your business needs to navigate the complex world of IPMI.     Enter full...

05-07-2019 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

USA Travel Advice: Changes To Visa Waiver Programme (VWP)

18 December 2015 and the US Congress passed a Bill updating the requirements for the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). Under the new rules, with effect from 1 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip.

Around 3.8 million British nationals visit the United States every year. Most visits are trouble free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

The US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days without a visa, but you may need to get authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) before you travel. If you don’t qualify for the VWP, you’ll need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. 

 

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2015 Top 10 Holiday Destinations Report

Americans are dreaming of a white-sand Christmas to Mexico and the Caribbean this year, according to the Allianz Global Assistance 2015 Top 10 Holiday Destinations Report.

The report by Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance* provider, revealed that the majority of travelers booked international trips to warm-weather destinations for Christmas. Cancún is the most popular international destination for holiday travel in 2015, followed by other hotspots including Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Montego Bay, Jamaica. In the U.S., the top cities for Christmas travel are Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando and San Francisco.

The findings also showed the most popular days for holiday travel in 2015. Most Americans will depart for their winter holiday celebration between Saturday, December 19 and Thursday, December 24, and return on Saturday, December 26 or Sunday, December 27.

Whether travelers are flying or using ground transportation to their holiday destinations this year, Allianz Global Assistance recommends the following tips to minimize unforeseen hassles and delays over the busy holiday travel season.

Pack Light

No one likes to wait at the baggage carousel, especially during the biggest travel days of the year. Avoid checking bags, bring a carry on and ship Christmas gifts ahead of time. Don't risk the airlines losing your luggage with all of your presents inside -- even Transportation Security Administration (TSA) warns if an anomaly is detected, they might have to unwrap a present to inspect it.

Tame the Sun

Tourists traveling to warm-weather destinations should beware of the transition from the winter chill to the tropical heat. Keep this in mind and tame the sun -- too much sun can cause unease and discomfort, or even a fever and nausea. To avoid this kind of trouble in paradise, be sure to drink plenty of water, wear a hat, apply high protection sunscreen and avoid excessive sun exposure, particularly between 12 and 4 p.m.

Avoid Counterfeit Medications

When traveling internationally, protect yourself from fraudulent medication imitations -- one in ten drugs sold throughout the world is falsified. Purchasing counterfeit goods is not only a health risk, but also a customs offense. Counterfeit products do not need to abide by safety or quality standards, so they can easily cause allergies, poisoning or other types of incidents that can be avoided by purchasing medication in advance.

Be Prepared

Whether it's a covered trip cancellation or a medical emergency, travel insurance can provide important benefits that may prevent travelers from losing large deposits and may cover them for emergency medical treatment, up to the limits of their policy. It's also important to remember that U.S. health insurance policies (including Medicare and Medicaid) may not cover international travel; those that do may not cover the cost of medical evacuation. Know before you go, plan ahead and know the terms of your travel insurance before heading to your holiday destination.*

Travel Smart

Download the Allianz Global Assistance TravelSmart mobile app for emergency medical expertise at your fingertips. The app provides international travelers with important information on local medical providers, drug and first aid translations, emergency phone numbers and more.

* - Terms, conditions, reductions, and exclusions apply to all plans. All plans not available in all states. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your letter of confirmation and certificate of insurance/policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated "A-"(Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series, depending on the insured's state. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are brands of AGA Service Company. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of this plan and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage because of the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company.

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Air Freight Markets Grow Slightly in September

Data for global air freight markets showing very modest growth in September. Measured in Freight Tonne Kilometers, air cargo volumes rose 1.0% compared to the same month a year ago. This is a slight improvement on the August performance when volumes were broadly stable. Overall, however, air cargo volumes remain 1.2% down from their 2014 year-end peak.

The results varied widely by region. Carriers in the Middle East reported the most significant growth (7.5%) followed by European (2.8%) and African airlines (2.5%). Asia-Pacific based airlines recorded negligible growth (0.3%), and markets in North America (-3.3%) and Latin America (-6.4%) recorded declines. All regions reported capacity expansions ahead of growth in demand, taking the freight load factor down to the lowest level since 2009 (43.2%).

“Although slightly improved from August, the global trend is fragile, and the improvement is narrowly based. The 2.8% growth reported by European carriers reflects positive trends in trade with Central and Eastern European economies as well as a general improvement in manufacturing in the Eurozone. But the largest air cargo region, Asia-Pacific, was only just in positive territory, held down by weak regional trade,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. 

Sep 2015 vs. Sep 2014FTK GrowthAFTK GrowthFLF
International 1.2% 6.3% 45.8
Domestic -0.8% 2.7% 31.6
Total Market 1.0% 5.6% 43.2
YTD 2015 vs. YTD 2014FTK GrowthAFTK GrowthFLF
International 2.7% 6.4% 46.9
Domestic 0.1% 2.2% 29.8
Total Market 2.4% 5.5% 43.6

Regional analysis in detail

Asia-Pacific carriers saw a slight rise in FTKs of 0.3% in September compared to September 2014, and capacity expanded 2.1%. The contraction in Emerging Asia trade appears to have bottomed out, although China, Korea and Chinese Taipei, among other key economies, are suffering from poor trade growth.

European carriers reported a rise in demand in September of 2.8% compared to a year ago and capacity rose 7.7%. The European performance looks more impressive considering that volumes for the year to date have been flat. Improvements in Eurozone manufacturing activity and in trade to/from Central/Eastern Europe seem to be finally feeding through to support air freight demand.  

North American airlines experienced a decline of 3.3% year-on-year and capacity grew 4.8%. Despite the poor year-over-year result, volumes in September were up 0.8% compared to August, indicating possibly that anticipated improvement in economic performance for the second half of the year may drive stronger air freight demand.

Middle Eastern carriers saw demand expand by 7.5%, and capacity rise 12.6%. Although once again the fastest growing region, the increase was 5.5 percentage points down on the average for the year to date. Major economies in the region have seen slowdowns in non-oil sectors, but growth rates remain robust enough to sustain solid demand for air cargo.

Latin American airlines reported a decline in demand of 6.4% year-on-year, and capacity expanded 2.1%. Worsening economic and political conditions in Brazil have led to regional trade activity falling 7% between July and August. Air cargo demand is down 6.8% for the year with no sign of improvement in the months to come. 

African carriers experienced growth in demand of 2.5%, and capacity rose by 8.1%. Nigeria and South Africa, the largest economies in the region, have underperformed. Regional trade, however, has held up, and generated increases in air freight volumes.

The Bottom Line 

The weakness in air cargo markets largely tracks anemic growth in trade. The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was agreed with the intent of promoting economic growth and prosperity by liberalizing trade across participating economies. “Trade is the path to prosperity. We have high hopes that the TPP will deliver its promised benefits to participating economies with air transport—cargo and passenger—playing its role as one of the catalysts for growth,” said Tyler.
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iPMI Magazine Articles And Case Studies

The Rugby World Cup 2019 – A Corporate Travel Conundrum

The Rugby World Cup 2019 – A Corporate Travel Conundrum

In this exclusive article Healix International highlights some of the risks businesses should account for when sending travellers to Japan. In an age where the Far East doesn’t seem so far, over 400,000 visitors from across the globe are set to descend on Japan for the Rugby World Cup this September.  Among these will be die-hard rugby fans lucky enough to be part of a corporate delegation, alongside those already based in East Asia keen to take advantage of their close proximity to the major sports event.   Most...

On Business And Sick: Who’s There For You?

On Business And Sick: Who’s There For You?

In Mexico for work, a colleague of mine fell ill. So why write about it? There’s nothing unusual about contracting a common illness when travelling: 80% of people experience health issues while on a trip, with varying levels of severity. What was noteworthy, at least from my point of view, was the unusually convenient and efficient medical assistance my co-worker received. He never left his hotel room, and didn’t pay a penny. He simply called a new directional care program offered through his insurance: StandbyMDTM. A Common Occurrence…...

Video: In 2019 The Definition Of An Expatriate Is Obsolete

Video: In 2019 The Definition Of An Expatriate Is Obsolete

The definition of an expatriate is obsolete because more people, including local nationals and expats, regularly travel internationally, due to their lifestyle, income and careers: a view shared by Ian Youngman, author of the brand new IPMI report, International Health Insurance 2019 and Generali Global Health CEO Marco Giacomelli. In the video Generali Global Health CEO Marco Giacomelli explains why IPMI is so important for globally mobile people and why the traditional concept of expatriates is becoming outdated. IPMI report author Ian Youngman adds, "International private medical insurance (IPMI)...

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