The tourism sector in face of security challenges

February, 2017

From terrorism to thefts targeting stars, the tourism sector (mass tourism, luxury tourism) is facing today with security challenges. This was the topic of a roundtable organised by the law firm Desfilis and the financial broker Kepler Cheuvreux last January at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, in which participated Gilles Lefebvre, President of Argus-Gallea Consortium And Benoit Gros, Customer Development Manager for Argus Security Projects group.

This roundtable was attended by many speakers including Jean-Paul Lafay, President of the International and Luxury Hotels Management Club, General Bertrand Soubelet, former Director of National Gendarmerie operations, Lionel Habasque, Chairman and CEO of Voyageurs du Monde, Christian Mantei, General Manager of Atout France, and Bruno Tertrais, Geopolitologue, Deputy Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research.

“The issue is wide and fields of intervention are numerous due to the nature and type of threats”, explained Benoit Gros. In this area, ASP is positioned both as a consulting firm (security consultants, staff trainers, cyber auditors) and as a security company providing qualified and experienced staff.

Faced with terrorism, the question is now how to integrate the security of an hotel into the overall organisation set up by the authorities.

“The main points are the risk and threat assessment and the analysis of the possible operating modes. This is what will determine the type of security required, "continues Benoit Gros.

The same applies to aggression, armed robbery and computer piracy, a new form of aggression, “evaluation remains the true key to security management”, he concluded.