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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
As airlines begin to fly again, passengers may be concerned about the spread of coronavirus. Thankfully that’s where HEPA filters come in.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A guest post about COVID-19 response messaging from award-winning brand and marketing communications agency Square1.
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.
The UK government has made face masks mandatory on public transport. Check out these FAQS for all you need to know.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
One of the challenges facing many companies during this time, including our own, is off-boarding; supporting, and engaging with those members of staff who have been furloughed. We’ve introduced a variety of initiatives to keep in touch with our furloughed colleagues.
As we have explored in previous posts, in these times of uncertainty we can look to technology to support us. We’ve put together the following list of apps to consider that can support your mental wellbeing…
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.
This handy infographic explores what the future of air travel may look like with updated procedures to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working from home and looking after children at the same time can be pretty tricky. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we reached out to our friends at Mental Health UK for some great advice.
The government recently released a number of infographics, including one which introduced COVID alert levels. In true Gray Dawes style, we’ve translated what those levels may look like for the business traveller and their safety.
For those who are yet to embrace working from home, we’ve curated a list of our top 5 favourite pieces of software to allow productivity to continue to flow…
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.
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?
Are you wondering what you can do to help the individuals and communities affected by COVID-19? We’ve highlighted five ways you can help tackle the pandemic…
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.
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.
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.
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...
Marriott International launches Global Cleanliness Council to promote higher standards of cleanliness in the Age of COVID-19. The company is to roll out enhanced technology to help counter virus spread.
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.