MOVING FORWARD

THE BLOG FOR BUSINESS TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS

Driving Towards a Greener Future
Driving Towards a Greener Future

As one of the world’s leading transportation solutions providers, Avis Budget Group understand the significance of their role in helping to achieve a sustainable business travel industry. They know it’s important to act responsibly and do their part to support global efforts in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Check out some of Avis’s sustainability initiatives and enter our Avis competition to win a £200 Amazon Gift Card!

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Gamification Goes Green
Gamification Goes Green

Past efforts to use gamification to nudge corporate travellers into making specific decisions never really took off. But with sustainability top-of-mind for many companies, the concept could be revived as businesses look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Sustainable Aviation Fuel

As the BTA publish their latest ESG report – a detailed investigation into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) – we consider the pros and cons of SAF and examine how it’s sourced, produced and distributed, and question whether it’s the magic bullet so many think it to be.

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Return of Thursday’s Child
Return of Thursday’s Child

We first met Thursday’s Child back in September – Dylan, the firstborn son of Gray Dawes’ Global brand Ambassador, Laura Busby. With travel in her (and his) blood, Laura has taken the saying “Thursday’s child has far to go” literally! This is the second instalment of Laura’s insightful and often moving personal blog of a mother’s experiences travelling with her child.

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The New Transport Secretary
The New Transport Secretary

In this biography article, we try to get to know the newly appointed Secretary for Transport, The Rt Hon Mark Harper, a little better by exploring his background, beliefs and past experiences in order to understand what his appointment could mean for the business travel industry.

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Why Online Adoption is Important
Why Online Adoption is Important

Booking in-policy with your travel management company is fundamental to driving an efficient travel programme. Doing so using your TMC’s online booking tools ensures you can achieve the very best ROI and savings.

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Generation BTA
Generation BTA

We’re thrilled to announce that our very own Marketing Consultant, Sonam Popat, has been selected to join the Generation BTA Advisory Board, created by the Business Travel Association. The Generation BTA Board will work in groups to tackle issues, directly facing within the industry to bring about positive change.

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Travel Talks 3: How To Control Your Travel Costs
Travel Talks 3: How To Control Your Travel Costs

In this episode of Travel Talks, our Chief Commercial Officer, Warren Dix is joined by Wates’ Group Procurement Director, David Oates, to discuss how to effectively control business travel costs. The webinar is packed full of tips and advice on how to drive down costs and identify savings in your corporate travel programme.

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9 Reasons Why You Should Be Using An Event Management Agency
9 Reasons Why You Should Be Using An Event Management Agency

We recently caught up with our friends and colleagues over in Gray Dawes Events to understand why it’s so important to have an expert on your side when to comes to organising business meetings, incentives, conferences and events. In fact, there are nine reasons why…

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United Airlines – A Force For Good
United Airlines – A Force For Good

We recently caught up with our friends at United Airlines to learn what they’ve been up to and discover all their new products, services and innovations. What we found out is that United Airlines really is a force for good. They are building the future of sustainable flight, diversifying their flight deck, and reimagining the entire flying experience to better serve the business traveller.

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Thursday’s Child
Thursday’s Child

They say Thursday’s child has far to go. When Gray Dawes’ Head of Sales – Laura Busby – gave birth to her son Dylan, she took that saying literally. But when travel is your passion, it’s perhaps no surprise that mother and son were destined to visit twelve countries in the first twelve months of his life! This insightful and often moving personal blog of a mother’s travels with her newborn son recounts their experiences.

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Take To The Skies with Air Canada
Take To The Skies with Air Canada

Award-winning Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance providing direct service to six continents. Check out their latest news, including details on Air Canada’s fleet of more than 400 aircraft, which is one of the youngest, most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly in the world.

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Podium Traveller Wellbeing
Podium Traveller Wellbeing

We’ve partnered with the world-renowned experts at Loughborough University to create PODIUM, a traveller well-being programme like no other. Podium takes the learnings from elite sports management and applies them to the world of business travel. Get ready to take your travel policy and your business to the top of your game.

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Transport Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan MP
Transport Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan MP

Anne-Marie Trevelyan is the new Secretary of State for Transport. In this biography article, we try to get to know Trevelyan a little better, by exploring her background, beliefs and past experiences in order to better understand what her appointment in government could mean for the business travel industry.

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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. In this handy ‘how to’ guide, we run through through each element of the RFP process you’ll need to consider, enabling you to partner with a Travel Management Company (TMC) that’s ideal for your business.

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GBTA Convention 2022
GBTA Convention 2022

This month saw the global business travel community gathered at the GBTA Convention in San Diego from 14 – 17 August. Our own COO David Bishop and CCO Warren Dix were in attendance, meeting with a wealth of industry peers and corporate travel managers, seeing what GBTA had to offer and representing the Gray Dawes brand.

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glh, Great London Hospitality
glh, Great London Hospitality

glh hotel brands range from great value through to luxury 5 star. Fast free Wi-Fi is standard and excellent service a given. All located in London Zone 1 and at Heathrow T5, they’ve got London covered.HARD ROCK HOTEL LONDONStylish bedrooms and suites, two vibrant bars...

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Credit & Debit Cards Abroad
Credit & Debit Cards Abroad

With sterling in poor shape internationally, British business travellers could mistakenly accept an extremely poor rate of exchange when using credit and debit cards abroad, either when paying for goods or services, or when using ATM machines to withdraw cash.

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The CEO Interview
The CEO Interview

Gray Dawes Group CEO, Suzanne Horner, recently sat down with Business Travel News Europe for an in-depth interview following our acquisition of the Ventur Travel business. Suzanne reveals a few insights into our future strategy, including how Gray Dawes are now close to completing a deal that will mark our first step of global expansion!

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Ventur Travel
Ventur Travel

As part of our ongoing strategic growth plans, we are super excited to announce that Gray Dawes Group has acquired the Leeds and Edinburgh based travel management business, Ventur Travel, formerly known as Traveleads. The acquisition also sees Venture Travel’s specialist leisure division, Ventur Luxury based in Harrogate, join the Gray Dawes Group.

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The Doyle Experience
The Doyle Experience

Need inspiration for your next hotel stay? Or how about a venue for your next corporate event? We caught up with our friends at the Doyle Collection to learn more about their stunning properties.

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Aviation Passenger Charter
Aviation Passenger Charter

In the wake of airport passenger caps and flight cancellations, a new ‘Aviation Passenger Charter’, launched by the British government in consultation with travel management companies, aims to protect passengers, by ensuring that they are aware of their rights if they are confronted with issues when travelling.

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Face to Face
Face to Face

A new report looking at the future of business travel in the post Covid world finds that 89 per cent of office workers are confident that face-to-face meeting will become the norm again by the end of the year, with around 60 per cent seeing see “some office attendance as vital for sharing business intelligence and better client servicing”.

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Getting Ready For Summer
Getting Ready For Summer

Damian Hinds, the Security Minister at the Home Office, recently shared with us and fellow BTA members a personal letter, detailing what the UK Border Control is doing to prepare for the busy summer period, specifically with business travellers in mind. Not only is this useful information for the corporate traveller, it shows the importance the Home Office places on the business travel industry, and the value of influence and collaboration between government and TMCs.

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Building a bright future for business travel
Building a bright future for business travel

Thankfully, travel is firmly back on the agenda and the pent-up desire to get away has helped the industry bounce back. Challenges remain, and Gray Dawes is here to help face them down as much as we possibly can do.

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All Over The Place
All Over The Place

At this point in the remote work revolution, as more and more people have tapped into the potential of work-from-anywhere models, we’ve woken up to some things. Some barriers to access have been removed, and we’re able to engage people who didn’t have the time or ability before.

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All Things Avanti
All Things Avanti

We recently caught up with Avanti West Coast to hear about their sustainability objectives and how their Pendolino refurbishment programme is making a real difference to business travel by rail on the West Coast Mainline.

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Business Travel Awards
Business Travel Awards

The 2022 Business Travel Europe Awards, organised by the BTN Group, recognise and celebrate the industry’s response to what has been an extremely challenging time for the business travel industry, as the sector’s recovery is led by outstanding organisations like Gray Dawes Travel.

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Event Planning Tips
Event Planning Tips

As life begins to get back to a new kind of normal, we have to accept that Covid-19 has changed things… and that includes how you manage meetings, incentive trips and conferences for your business. We asked our colleagues over in Gray Dawes Events for their TOP 5 TIPS on planning a corporate event in a post-pandemic world.

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