STAYING SECURE ON THE GROUND AT GLOBAL SPORTING EVENTS
In August of this year, the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, promise to be unprecedented. This is the first time that the Olympics will be hosted by a South American nation. The countries of Kosovo and South Sudan will participate for the first time. And, in a timely move by the International Olympic Committee, refugees can now compete under the Olympic banner instead of their former country’s flag.
The Euro Cup is also coming soon, to ten stadia across France in June. Athletes from around the world will compete, and attendees will probably spend as much time on the road between cities as they will at the matches themselves.
As the world has become all too aware, these specific locations have faced security challenges. Shortly after the Games were announced in Rio, a helicopter was shot down over one of the city’s favelas. And last November, terrorists attacked civilians at locations across Paris.
Can discerning travelers attend these global sporting events and stay secure? As IOC spokesman Mark Adams has told the Associated Press, “We have confidence in [Rio’s] ability to deliver a safe Games [but] security is of course a very important aspect of any Olympic Games no matter where it is in the world.”
Security, however, is not just a matter of protection from attacks. More importantly, at events such as these, it means navigating the host cities with confidence and safety.
Experiencing the Olympics on the ground is a world-class delight. It is also a major logistics challenge. In the Rio Games, for instance, 33 events will be held at venues across the legendary coast city. Five others will be hosted in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasília, and Manaos.
The events in the Euro Cup will be just as challenging, with venues stretching from Lens in the northwest corner (only 60km from the Belgian border) to Nice on the southwest coast, more than 1,000km away.
Some attendees will be satisfied to wait in line for public transportation or a taxi. Discerning travelers will not. These options will simply not provide what is most important to them. As Airbus discovered in a recent study of billionaires, the top travel priorities of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIS) are “flexibility, privacy, familiarity, and tailored experiences.”
As a result, most discerning travelers will want to arrange a chauffeured car-and-driver service in advance. They will also want evidence and confidence that their service will be secure. It has been the pleasure of Fortis Riders to arrange complex, multi-city ground transportation for clients all around the world. At times, this transportation involves logistical constraints and security concerns because of a major global event just like the Olympics and the Euro Cup.
That was the case in their work supporting several major clients who traveled to multiple games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. For one of their clients, their planning began as early as one year before the games, when they began their investigation of several likely travel routes. Fortis Riders developed a specific checklist related to the event, including coordination with passengers’ bodyguards, local executive protection, pilots, and assistants connected to the passengers.
Fortis Riders coordinated the purchase of parking passes, and followed local news events closely in order to predict host cities and which games their passengers would want to attend. In one significant instance, they coordinated armored vehicles for a family who was staying in the heart of a protest region of Rio de Janeiro. In another instance, when floods washed out several roads in Manaos, they sent a scout vehicle ahead to ensure both road conditions and safety from potential kidnappers.
A designated team member served as the acting CEO for these trips, and he followed all of the groups throughout the semi-finals, the finals, and ultimately travel out of the country. He was in constant communication with the chauffeurs, private pilots, private jet handlers, executive protection, and the Fortis Riders team.
Fortis Riders used their patented, secure communications system (including four mobile apps, one for each role connected to the trip). As a result, they sent proactive notifications with the chauffeur’s name and mobile number in advance of each trip— which made it simple for passengers to know they were entering the right vehicle with a chauffeur who had been pre-vetted. They sent proactive notifications when the chauffeur arrived on location, and again when the passengers entered the vehicle. For trips
ending at a private jet, they sent an additional notification when the vehicle was en route to the jet, so the pilot could prepare the plane and the transition could be smooth.
The result was dozens of seamless trips, with not a single service issue for any passenger.
Global sporting events such as the Olympics, the World Cup, and the Euro Cup can be secure and delightful, but only with a chauffeured management service that provides the right level of security so travelers can stay focused on the games. 朗斯（距离比利时边境只有60公里）到西南的尼斯之间，跨度千余公里。
在2014年巴西世界杯期间就发生过这样的情况， Fortis Riders安排他们的几个主要客户往返于多场比赛之间。例如针对 某个重要客户，他们在比赛开始前一年就开始制定计划，对几条可行的线路进行调查分析。Fortis Riders针对那项赛事制定了一个特别的备忘录，内容包括与客户的私人保镖的协调，当地的高级保护，客户的导游和助理等。
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