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Inaugural Raptim NGO Advisory Board Meeting Held in Washington, D.C.

Raptim Humanitarian Travel along with Emirates Airline, Clements Worldwide and Western Union hosted the first Raptim NGO Advisory Board meeting in Washington, D.C. on June 23, 2016. The event was held at the Clements Worldwide rooftop terrace overlooking the Washington Monument and Capital building.

This inaugural event is the beginning of many planned joint events with partners like Emirates, Clements and Western Union, who hope to learn from members of the NGO community. We welcomed attendees from organizations such as Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, Rainforest Alliance, FHI360, InsideNGO, USAID, World Wildlife Fund and WGL Holdings.

Among the topics discussed, Duty of Care responsibilities topped the list of issues NGOs face today. Humanitarian groups feel the pressure of keeping their people safe in a constantly changing environment. While Raptim is currently in the process of developing an all-inclusive application for travelers, it was beneficial to hear that this technology is a priority for the end user. We gained valuable intelligence on what features would be essential and how travelers might use different functions.

Another hot topic discussed during the NGO Advisory Board meeting was budget and cost concerns. Many NGOs experience heavy bureaucratic limitations that end up costing money due to delay and inability to plan ahead. Knowing this is a common struggle for travel managers allows partners like Raptim and Emirates to discuss options for helping alleviate some of the pressure of delayed approvals and short notice trip planning.

The evening was a great success and ended too quickly. We were inspired by attendees and their contributions to the conversation. Bringing this group together showed a commitment on multiple fronts to work together and improve services and offerings so that we can all help the people who need our help the most. The next NGO Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for March 2017.

If you are interested in attending the next event, please email comms.us@raptim.org .

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