Saturday, May 28, 2005

Travel Insurance Conference to Focus on Catastrophes: Pending Doom or Manageable Risk?

Travel Insurance Conference to Focus on Catastrophes: Pending Doom or Manageable Risk?

Second Annual UStiA Conference to be held February 27, 28

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) January 19, 2006

“Catastrophes: Pending Doom or Manageable Risk?” will be the focus of the second annual US Travel Insurance Association conference scheduled for February 26 – 28 at the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, Fort Myers, Florida.

“Natural disasters, terrorism and the threat of pandemics such as the Avian Flu are key issues facing travelers and the travel insurance industry,” says Jon Ansell, UStiA president. “In today’s global environment travelers are increasingly vulnerable, and strategies for protecting travelers while managing risk are more important than ever. The forthcoming UStiA conference. will feature an array of experts with in-depth experience in addressing these issues."

The conference will identify and examine catastrophes and disasters as well as their impact on travelers, the travel industry and the insurance industry. Panelists and speakers will look at the types of future risks facing travelers, and how the industry can manage the risks associated with such events. topics will include:

·Risks and threats affecting the travel industry and U. S. travelers at home and abroad;

·The impact of natural disasters and terrorism on insurance costs, policy provisions and tourism;

·What the industry can do to manage risk;

·The threat of Avian Flu and its affect on the travel industry.

For more information and registration details for the conference, visit the US Travel Insurance Association's website at www. ustravelinsurance. org/conference. asp (http://www. ustravelinsurance. org/conference. asp).

About the U. S. Travel Insurance Industry

Exceeding $1 billion in annual revenues, the U. S. travel insurance industry protects tens of millions of Americans who travel at home and abroad every year. Unique within the insurance industry, travel insurance offers an unusually broad range of benefits and services bundled together to meet travelers' distinctive needs. Travel insurance can include assistance services such as worldwide emergency hotline services and medical evacuation, along with insurance benefits for cancelled or interrupted trips, medical and dental emergencies, lost or damaged baggage and rental cars, travel supplier bankruptcies, and more. Travel insurance is distributed by travel agents, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, credit card companies, insurance brokers and over the Internet.

About UStiA

In April 2004 the leaders of seven of the nation's largest travel insurance organizations joined forces to create the US Travel Insurance Association (UStiA) with a mission to foster ethical and professional standards of industry conduct, cultivate effective state and federal government relations, inform and assist members, and educate consumers. Today the association numbers 32 member companies.

For more information about the association contact Jonathan Ansell at 804-673-1534.