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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BTN Europe Podcast Episode 5

BTN Europe Podcast Episode 5

The latest episode of the new BTN Europe podcast series Week in Review is now available to listen below or download via Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

AIRLINE UPDATES: September

AIRLINE UPDATES: September

From no more booking fees for Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines flights to a new pilot programme of testing between London and New York announced by The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); the measures being implemented by airlines to help build traveller confidence mean that international business travel is safely back on the menu.

How to get a Covid-19 Test

How to get a Covid-19 Test

As countries start to reopen they all have different requirements, many of these require proof of a negative COVID test within a certain time. So how do you arrange this and can you use an NHS test?

Traveller Toolkit Trackers

Traveller Toolkit Trackers

Consulting Manager, Aman Pourkarimi, gives a brief introduction to the Gray Dawes Traveller Toolkit. Aman shows how to use the free tools we’ve built for business travel professionals, designed to help you avoid unnecessary cancellations and travel headaches caused as a result of Covid-19 border travel restrictions.

BTN Europe Podcast Episode 4

BTN Europe Podcast Episode 4

We know the global crisis caused travel managers to implement a number of changes to their policy very rapidly to protect travellers and get those already on the road home safely. Will any of these policy updates stick around in the longer term?

All Party Parliamentary Group

All Party Parliamentary Group

The UK Parliament has launched an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) dedicated to Business Travel, raising the profile of the sector within the government. Our very own CEO, Suzanne Horner, spoke to MPs during the inaugural session.

BTN Europe Podcast Episode 3

BTN Europe Podcast Episode 3

The third episode of the new BTN Europe podcast series Week in Review is now available to listen below or download via Spotify and Apple Podcasts. This week we’re discussing how the coronavirus pandemic has influenced changes in company travel policies.

Data & Duty of Care Compliance

Data & Duty of Care Compliance

Combining analysis from the ‘traveller experience’ will give you a strong platform to fulfil Duty of Care legal requirements and make travelling a safe and rewarding experience for your staff. In this article Consulting Manager, Aman Pourkarimi, shows you how.

Updating Your Travel Policy

Updating Your Travel Policy

According to a recent survey by corporate travel news aggregator service ‘The Beat’, 4 out of 5 travel managers are either changing their travel policy or considering doing so. We caught up with our Consulting Manager, Aman Pourkarimi, to get the latest advice on how to keep your travel policy to update.

BTN Europe Podcast Episode 2

BTN Europe Podcast Episode 2

The second episode of BTN Europe Week in Review features our own Chief Executive Suzanne Horner and discusses the ways in which new and existing business travel technology can help build traveller confidence in getting back on the road during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Why Zoom and Skype won’t kill business travel

Why Zoom and Skype won’t kill business travel

In this fascinating two minute read, from an article by Connie Lin and first published earlier this month in business e-magazine, Fast Company, we discover the surprising causes of a country’s economic growth thanks to business travel. It’s a compelling argument, different to what you might expect.

Have Attitudes Towards Business Travel Changed?

Have Attitudes Towards Business Travel Changed?

By now you will have realised that the way in which we travel has changed. But with travel managers now being given the green light to relaunch their travel programmes, many are wondering if their colleagues attitudes towards travel have changed as well?

BTN Europe Podcast

BTN Europe Podcast

BTN Europe has launched a new podcast series featuring a panel of experts who will discuss the latest issues facing the managed travel industry. Episode 1, featuring our own CCO, David Bishop, explores the implications of ongoing travel restrictions in Europe on business travel.

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.