BACK TO BUSINESS... TRAVEL

the Blog for Business Travellers Returning to Travel

As we see lockdown restrictions being to ease and countries open up their borders, it comes as no surprise that the way in which we travel has changed. We want to help guide you and your travel programme in the right direction during these unprecedented times. 

That’s why we’ve created the ‘Back to Business… Travel’ blog. Each week we’ll be posting a wide range of informative and interesting articles. Each one designed to help you navigate a new world of travel with key information to get travellers, travelling again safely.

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Traveller Polls

Traveller Polls

Our Commercial Director, David Bishop, recently joined a panel of experts for the HSBC Commercial Cards Online Seminar to discuss what the future of business travel will look like in a post COVID-19 world. This seminar gave the panel the perfect opportunity to ask their attendees how their businesses were preparing to restart their travel programmes and if they were seeing traveller confidence returning.

New Technology Innovations for Enhanced Traveller Safety

New Technology Innovations for Enhanced Traveller Safety

As we continue the emergence from lockdown and see international travel gradually begin to resume across the world, we’ve looked at what innovative new technologies are paving the way for safety, more hygienic and efficient travel.

Airline Updates

Airline Updates

From new first class lounge facilities and features with British Airways, to free global cover for COVID-19 from Emirates; the measures being implemented by airlines to help build traveller confidence mean that international business travel is safely back on the menu.

Goodbye to the Queen of the Skies

Goodbye to the Queen of the Skies

As British Airways becomes the latest airline to ground its fleet of Boeing 747s, we say a fond farewell to the iconic jumbo jet and look back at over 50 years of classic air travel history.

Business Travel Bitesize

Business Travel Bitesize

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK, we’ve brought you a huge wealth of advice, opinion and information designed to keep you moving during the pandemic. We’re now breaking that down into bite-sized chunks. So, if time is short, here’s a great way to catch up on just the details you need to make your next business trip a safe and smooth experience.

Going Native

Going Native

We’ve previously explored how hotels are adapting as they return to business. Aparthotels are also reopening their doors, offering an alternative choice for business travellers. The features of an aparthotel make them ideally suited for those looking for a little more...

Increase In European Air Traffic

Increase In European Air Traffic

With travel restrictions beginning to ease, there’s plenty to be positive about when it comes to air travel. With airlines and airports exercising a good degree of caution with safety measures surrounding flying, we have a seen an increase of travellers, travelling again.

HEPA Filters

HEPA Filters

As airlines begin to fly again, passengers may be concerned about the spread of coronavirus. Thankfully that’s where HEPA filters come in.

WEBINAR: Return to Business Travel

WEBINAR: Return to Business Travel

In this special pre-recorded webinar, the third in our COVID-19 series, Gray Dawes CCO, Dave Bishop, and Consulting Manager, Aman Pourkarimi, consider what businesses need to do in order to successfully return to corporate travel, ensuring the confidence of their road warriors in a post-coronavirus world.

How to PREPARE for Travel

How to PREPARE for Travel

Recently we’ve been looking at what business travel may look like post COVID-19 and what you can do to plan and prepare. In this post we look at how you can P.R.E.P.A.R.E for business travel with our easy to follow checklist.

How to Successfully Relaunch Your Travel Programme

How to Successfully Relaunch Your Travel Programme

Recently we’ve been looking at what business travel may look like post COVID-19 and what you can do to plan and prepare. In this post we look at how businesses can approach internal stakeholders to build confidence, achieve buy in and successfully relaunch their travel programmes, while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of travellers.

Air Bridges – a simple guide

Air Bridges – a simple guide

There’s been plenty of talk about air bridges between countries that may help to reduce disruption. But what exactly are air bridges, how will they work and which countries are considering an air bridge with the UK?

Tales of a Traveller

Tales of a Traveller

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease and we start to see the first signs of business travel returning, we caught up with one of Gray Dawes’ clients to discover his experiences of travelling during the pandemic.

Cover Up – face mask FAQs

Cover Up – face mask FAQs

The UK government has made face masks mandatory on public transport. Check out these FAQS for all you need to know.

Hotel COVID-19 Update

Hotel COVID-19 Update

We’ve compiled the latest information and measures Hotels and Serviced Apartments are taking to prevent and minimise the risk of the Coronavirus spreading during this difficult time.

Car Hire and Rail COVID-19 Update

Car Hire and Rail COVID-19 Update

We’ve compiled the latest information and measures Car Hire and Rail companies are taking to prevent and minimise the risk of the Coronavirus spreading during this difficult time.

When Will We Be Able to Fly Again?

When Will We Be Able to Fly Again?

Despite the coronavirus lockdown gripping the world, with the U.K Foreign & Commonwealth Office putting an order in place to avoid all non-essential travel, flights are still flying. But the question on everyone’s mind is “when will we be able to fly again?”

UK Quarantine Measures

UK Quarantine Measures

From 8 June, all travellers arriving in the UK must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. This new rule follows yesterday’s new legislation being passed by the Government. Here we offer practical guidance for business travellers.

Hotel Stays During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Hotel Stays During The COVID-19 Pandemic

As the world slowly starts to open up for business, you may be wondering how you transition from the security of your own highly controlled environments to that of staying in a hotel. But if your job demands it, you may have little choice. We find out how hotels are changing to help us sleep a little safer.

Your Guide to Managing Traveller Risk

Your Guide to Managing Traveller Risk

In today’s current global climate, it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to be aware of and plan for any potential risks to their business travellers’ safety. At Gray Dawes we can help mitigate risk by using our vast experience and knowledge of corporate travel management. More than ever, we are committed to enhancing traveller safety.

COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

There are now over 170 different commercial tests available to purchase in the UK. However, only a limited number are compliant with the required UK and EU regulations and questions remain around their reliability.

Post Pandemic Travel

Post Pandemic Travel

The world is on lock-down, there’s a global travel ban. Business travellers are typically, by nature, very organised, planning ahead and maximising every minute of their time to ensure they squeeze every bit of value out of what precious time they have.

Will the Coronavirus Change Working from Home Forever?

Will the Coronavirus Change Working from Home Forever?

The Coronavirus has undoubtably led to more people working remotely. As a precautionary, measure the population of the UK was asked to work from home indefinitely, but we ask in the long term is it suitable for everyone and will it become the norm?

Using Hostage Survival Techniques

Using Hostage Survival Techniques

Our friends at Maiden Voyage offer some alternative, expert advice for coping with the COVID-19 lockdown. Sue Williams QPM, Hostage Responder and Associate Fellow Saïd Business School, University of Oxford shares lockdown tips based on her specialist experience as a hostage responder.

Airlines Update

Airlines Update

The majority of airlines have all but grounded their entire fleets. However, some are still operating and here we publish the latest route plans and schedules information from those carriers.

Our Top 5 Travel Apps

Our Top 5 Travel Apps

There’s nothing quite like finding an app that makes your life easier. Earlier this month we shared some insights on some apps which helped around the home. Now it’s time to share some of the bests apps out there which help business travellers while they’re on the move.

See the World From Your Sofa

See the World From Your Sofa

As you can imagine, working for a travel management company means that we all have a passion for getting out there and seeing the world. We’re an inquisitive bunch at Gray Dawes, wanting to explore different cultures, see exciting places and meet new people. There...

Webinar: Business Travel Post COVID-19

Webinar: Business Travel Post COVID-19

In this pre-recorded webinars with Dave Bishop (CCO) and Aman Pourkarimi (Consulting), we analyse the impact of COVID-19 on the corporate travel industry and share our thoughts on what the future will look like for business travellers following the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 Exit Strategies

COVID-19 Exit Strategies

As countries begin to re-open their economies and lift restrictions, market research agency, Cicero Group, has published a really useful overview report which details the latest COVID-19 national exit strategies.

How to Conduct a Successful Travel RFP

How to Conduct a Successful Travel RFP

Starting a full RFP (Request for Proposal) / tender process can be an overwhelming prospect. Various elements such as which suppliers to invite, what questions to ask and how to evaluate their responses present their own challenges. Gray Dawes is here to help you...

Virtual Experiences

Virtual Experiences

As lockdown measures in the UK are extended, staying in may be starting to become something of a pain. Thankfully, we’re experiencing these necessary restrictions in a time where many of us have access to incredible technology in our homes.If you have a PC, laptop,...

5 Smart Home Devices That Make Working From Home Easier

5 Smart Home Devices That Make Working From Home Easier

Smart home devices are designed to make your life easier. When working from home it can be easy to let your work schedule take over, we’ve compiled 5 of the latest technologies for your home that will keep you on track and your productivity flowing.

Hotel Loyalty Programmes

Hotel Loyalty Programmes

Many hotel chains are making changes to their reward and loyalty programmes to ensure travellers retain their points status during the COVID-19 lockdown. Here’s a quick round-up from some of the top hotel brands.

Positivity in a Pandemic

Positivity in a Pandemic

It’s important for us all to take a break from the endless torrent of coronavirus-related comms in order to focus on some positives and give us the space needed to maintain our mental health. We’ve pulled together a few alternate news sources and resources that can give you the break you deserve.

Travel Restrictions by Country

Travel Restrictions by Country

Almost every country in the world now has some form of entry restriction. 93% of the world’s population now lives in countries or territories that are the subject of travel restrictions.

Airlines Cancellation Policies

Airlines Cancellation Policies

Airlines are regularly updating their policies in response to the COVID-19 situation. This article provides you with an ongoing update of each new policy by airline, related to cancellations, change fees and refunds.

COVID-19 and the Impact on Travel

COVID-19 and the Impact on Travel

Our friends at TravelPort have recently reviewed IATA’s impact assessment of COVID-19 on the global travel industry. This fascinating report, full of analysis, is now available for you to download.

Classic Album Covers Obey Social Distancing

Classic Album Covers Obey Social Distancing

Government guidance on social distancing is to keep two meters away from others, in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here’s how that might have affected these classic artists.

Stay Cyber Safe

Stay Cyber Safe

Believe it or not, unscrupulous groups are using the current pandemic as an opportunity to steal personal information and breach company systems, and these threats are on the rise. Find out how to stay cyber safe.

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