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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Global Travel Taskforce Report

Global Travel Taskforce Report

Published on 9 April 2021, the government’s Global Travel Taskforce report sets out the recommendations for a safe return to international travel. Here, we present a detailed overview of the Transport Secretary’s report – all the salient findings and key proposals you need to know and what they mean for business travel.

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Business Travel Podcast

Business Travel Podcast

In the UK, more than 30 million people have been vaccinated; in Norway, the number is just 800,000. Yet there are two ends to any business trip so even if everyone in the UK is vaccinated it does not mean that other countries will be ready to welcome them. In this podcast, the panel discusses how this fragmented picture will affect business travel recovery.

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The Plane Truth

The Plane Truth

A new study reveals employees are impacted more than company profits by the lack of business travel due to COVID. The survey reveals some surprising information about the true impact of business travel on companies, those employees who do the traveling, and even some thoughts on what the future of business travel might look like.

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Guest Post: Personal Branding

Guest Post: Personal Branding

Did you know that award-winning marketing agency, Square1 is part of the Gray Dawes Group? Square1 previously offered a guest post on getting COVID-19 communications messaging right, and today they’re back with their view on personal branding…

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New Supersonic Jet

New Supersonic Jet

A new supersonic jet in development aims to cut the flight time from London to New York to just 90 minutes.

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Zooming Into The Post Covid Era

Zooming Into The Post Covid Era

In this unmissable Research Paper, Gray Dawes Consulting Manager – Aman Pourkarimi – reveals how travel managers have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to positively impact their entire company beyond just covid savings.

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What England’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown Means for Live Events

What England’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown Means for Live Events

After months of virtual meetings, classes, conferences, and happy hours, it has been announced that large business events can resume with the recently released proposed roadmap out of lockdown for England. We discuss what that means for Gray Dawes Events from their Meetings Management Team Leader, Danielle Grubb.

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The Airline Refund Crisis

The Airline Refund Crisis

One of the biggest issues in the travel sector since the start of the pandemic has been the thorny issue of refunds. When global travel was effectively stopped, the industry had to work out what to do about the tickets that had already been paid for.

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IATA Travel Pass

IATA Travel Pass

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be the world’s first airline to pilot the full solution IATA Travel Pass starting with passengers travelling from Singapore to London from 15 28 March.

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Space Hotel

Space Hotel

In this latest article of our regular ‘futures’ feature, exploring what the travel industry of tomorrow may look like, we explore the Voyager Station – a hotel in space which is scheduled to open its airlocks to visitors in just six years time! The Gateway Foundation has announced that it intends to open the first hotel in space in 2027.

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Travellers Gaining Confidence

Travellers Gaining Confidence

IATA announces results from its latest poll of recent travellers, revealing growing confidence in a return to air travel, frustration with current travel restrictions, and acceptance of a travel app to manage health credentials for travel.

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Business Travel News Podcast

Business Travel News Podcast

The travel industry is obsessed with NDC – but what exactly is it? It can be anything from an extra bag to even providing a mariachi band to play out as you board the plane, if that’s what you want. The problem is control and the airlines have challenges providing that level of control between hubs and different members of their airline alliances. NDC promises a new retailing world, but who is the retailer?

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British Airways Launches New Trade-Exclusive Flexible Fares

British Airways Launches New Trade-Exclusive Flexible Fares

British Airways have introduced two new fare brands, Select and Select Pro, in response the current challenging environment business travellers find themselves in. Having recognised the importance of allowing our clients the flexibility and peace of mind when booking, British Airways were delighted to announce the launch of the fares from the 24th February 2021.

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Did you know… Gray Dawes Holidays

Did you know… Gray Dawes Holidays

With the recent government announcement providing some expected dates for lockdown to be eased, many are starting to think ahead to summer and their long-awaited holidays. 

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COVID-19 Test Providers

COVID-19 Test Providers

For international travel, you may be required to take a COVID-19 test with a provider of your choice. To make this process easier, weSkyTeam have partnered with TrustAssure™ to give you a map of testing providers near you.

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Reboot Your Digital Wellbeing

Reboot Your Digital Wellbeing

With us all spending so much more time online, as a result of home-working and remote virtual meetings, Dr Bridgette Bewick offers five tips to avoid slipping into unhealthy habits. Digital wellbeing is about finding ways to integrate digital components into our lives in a way that supports mental health and well-being and doesn’t detract from it.

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Business Travel News Podcast ep15

Business Travel News Podcast ep15

In Episode 15 of the BTN Europe podcast, we continue our discussion around digital health or vaccine passports and whether they are a solution to reopen locked international borders.

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Virgin Hyperloop

Virgin Hyperloop

Welcome to the first in a new series of articles looking at business travel of the future! First up is the exciting ‘Virgin Hyperloop’, which will be able to propel cargo and passengers at speeds of around 1000km/h – three times faster that current high-speed rail systems, and a whopping ten times quicker than traditional rail.

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Digital Health Passports

Digital Health Passports

In this article, Aman Pourkarimi, Consulting Manager at Gray Dawes Group, discusses what Digital Health Passports are, why there is a market for them, who is providing them and whether they are, as many predict, the silver bullet for unlocking travel restrictions.

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Business Travel News Podcast

Business Travel News Podcast

In this edition of the BTN Europe Podcast, we discuss the findings of the Global Business Travel Association’s BTI Outlook, which forecasts that global business travel spend will recover to 2019 levels by 2025. But is right to reconsider business travel through the lens of sustainability?

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Hotel Quarantine

Hotel Quarantine

On Monday 15 February new travel measures will come into force, requiring all residents returning from the 33 ‘RED LIST’ countries to quarantine in an assigned hotel for ten days. We detail everything you need to know about the new rules and much more.

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Visiting the UK as a Foreigner post-Brexit

Visiting the UK as a Foreigner post-Brexit

What is the impact of Brexit on non-nationals wishing to visit the U.K. from abroad? We take a look at how the changes might affect you or your clients as a foreigner travelling to Britain in 2021.

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2020 Review & 2021 Outlook

2020 Review & 2021 Outlook

In our latest Business Travel Bitesize special, we measure the health of corporate travel via the confidence of four key segments: governments, suppliers, businesses and travellers. Watch the video now and download FOR FREE the accompanying report, which provides powerful insight and analysis on what to expect in 2021.

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Travel Industry Update

Travel Industry Update

From Emirates becoming the first airline to trial IATA Travel Pass to the UK introducing ‘Hotel Quarantine’, we cover the latest travel industry updates which look to build traveller confidence while restricting the spread of the Coronavirus.

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8 Tips For Getting The Most From Your Remote Team

8 Tips For Getting The Most From Your Remote Team

Being a manager brings with it a unique set of challenges, and these may well be amplified by working in separate locations.

So, if you’re looking for additional tips for managing people remotely, here’s 8 to get you started!

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Why Bill Gates Is Wrong

Why Bill Gates Is Wrong

The COVID‐19 pandemic will no doubt drastically change the way business gets done moving forward, especially when it comes to travel. Microsoft co‐founder Bill Gates has even predicted that over 50% of business travel will go away permanently now that remote work and virtual meetings have become the norm. But he’s wrong.

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Pent-Up Demand for Small Meetings is Heating Up

Pent-Up Demand for Small Meetings is Heating Up

It just may be the small-meetings business that could help the beleaguered hotel industry overcome challenges presented by a raging pandemic, economic downturn and, in the United States at least, even civil unrest.

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New Year, New Mindset

New Year, New Mindset

Goodness knows this past year has been hard on everyone’s mental health and well-being, but maybe it’s now time to consider those two things more seriously from a business travel perspective, when we finally emerge from this dreadful pandemic.

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