Travel managers will have to change their emergency plans following the bombings at the Boston marathon last week.
ACTE executive director Greeley Koch said that travel managers would have to take action because the incident had caused a total shutdown in the public transport system in Boston.
“The fact that all ground transportation was shut down in Boston has created a host of different challenges that people have not faced before,” said Koch at the ACTE global conference in New York.
“Previously when something like this happened, people could always get to a hotel or place of safety.
“It raises questions about what to do when this type of situation happens and what sort of changes should be made to your emergency response plans. Changes will have to be made to cover a complete ground stop of public transportation.
“This will necessitate travel managers going once more to their emergency plans and modifying and adjusting them.”
Koch added that travel managers would have to work with their company’s security and human resources departments to amend these emergency plans for travellers caught up in incidents such as the Boston attacks.
He said that ACTE would be putting together some sessions on this subject in the coming months.