Travel & Leisure

Travel & Leisure

While most travel is still limited, this small problem identified by Tobias Baer’s article may still be an issue for many suit-wearing globe trotters. Fortunately, he provides a simple solution.

Sometimes good risk management comes down to doing very practical, even banal things. It would be both ironic and tragic if you are, say, one of the world’s preeminent risk management professionals, constantly circling the world hunting down complex financial and operational risks, but your activities suddenly get derailed because you are run over by a bus or are grounded because your passport is stolen. The latter is exactly what happened to a colleague of mine when the bag containing his passport was stolen at, of all places, Geneva airport. Yes, airside!

This obviously should not happen – storage of valuables is exactly what cargo pockets are for. The complication for many professionals is that they are condemned to wear what must be the worst and most ridiculous piece of clothing on earth: the business suit!

Now, if ever a consultancy had been engaged to guide business people on the choice of apparel, one would assume that of the many options considered, they would cross the suit off the list first. It is unreasonably expensive compared to most other options; most suits require constant care because of their incessant tendency to wrinkle (which also means that they cannot be stuffed in a duffle bag like your trusted gym suit); and it even cannot be washed. Even if you ran from gate J18 to gate D60 in Miami airport in 10 minutes flat and therefore drenched it in more sweat than what your gym clothes have soaked up in their entire life.

Suit jackets, of course, deserve particular blame – they are not only way too hot for many climates but because of their delicacy often need to be carefully carried slung over an arm when not worn. Which is the reason why passports put away in the pocket of a suit jacket have a tendency to slip out and go missing at some point (especially when running between airport gates – although another colleague of mine lost his passport already way before even reaching Warsaw airport).


Read the full article, How Do You Safely Carry A Passport in a Suit? (A rant and a solution), on LinkedIn.


Umbrex is pleased to welcome David Uriarte with Horvent. David Uriarte, former BCG consultant, has an outstanding track record of achievement in customer experience, business management, digital transformation and development in travel & leisure and other service industries. Senior international advisor, entrepreneur and executive with more than 20 years of relevant experience. Digital and people passionate, optimistic, flexible, with a strong strategic vision and leadership in high growth business.

Managing Partner in Horvent Advisory Services and Partner of GuestPro (Leading new generation SaaS to manage hotels). He is also an Associate Professor in Service Management at Toulouse Business School and The Valley of Digital, Mentor at Conector Travel Tech, BTS, Startupbootcamp IoT & Big Data and at The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Strategy Advisor at Hacks/Hackers Barcelona.

He previously held executive positions in PGI Management, Pierre Vacances Center Parcs and Barceló. David holds an MBA at IESE/ Georgetown University, a Business Degree in the University of the Basque Country.

David also paints horizons in his freetime. Do not hesitate to check his instagram page

David is based in Barcelona Spain and is happy to collaborate on projects in Spain and travel industry worldwide.

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Allyson Pritchett.  Allyson spent 4+ years as a Project Leader and Consultant in the Retail / Consumer practice at Boston Consulting Group and recently began independent consulting in 2020. Prior to BCG, she worked in Business Development for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts as well as Corporate Strategy for 7-Eleven and Dean Foods Company.

Allyson has particular expertise in implementing large scale transformations and has lead major transformations in retail, travel & leisure, and financial services. She hails from Alabama and North Carolina, but now lives in New York, New York and is actively involved in her alumni chapter and the New York Junior League. Allyson is happy to collaborate on projects involving business transformation, product launch, and sourcing / procurement in the U.S.