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.

Stay safe!

Traveller Toolkit

your first stop in navigating business travel during the pandemic

EXPLORE
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.

read more
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. 

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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?

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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!

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
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.

read more
Brexit Baggage

Brexit Baggage

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union means travellers face bans on a wide range of goods. Many items are now prohibited from travellers’ baggage from Great Britain. Find out what you now can and can’t take in your luggage…

read more
6 Wrist Relief Products You Need at Work

6 Wrist Relief Products You Need at Work

Millions of us have turned our homes into makeshift offices by combining various items from around the house into something which resembles a workspace. But balancing a laptop on, well… your lap, for hours on end could have health implications. Allow us to offer some tips on how to avoid home office aches and pains.

read more
GHIC replaces EHIC

GHIC replaces EHIC

UK residents will now be able to apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which replaced the EHIC. This is great news for those who want to travel in the EU but do not have cover for COVID treatment with their insurance company. Check out our FAQs for all you need to know…

read more
BTN Podcast Episode 12

BTN Podcast Episode 12

In this edition of the BTN Europe Podcast, featuring our own Chief Commercial Officer, Dave Bishop, we learn there is an appetite for private as opposed to shared travel solutions and that corporates are talking about resizing their travel programmes.

read more
Pre-Arrival Testing

Pre-Arrival Testing

Passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally.

read more
Six Trends That Will Shape Business Travel in 2021

Six Trends That Will Shape Business Travel in 2021

As a worldwide vaccination program gathers pace, businesses across the globe are starting to plan for a return to travel in 2021. Although it is challenging to predict how the next 12 months will play out, there are clear trends emerging in the wake of COVID-19.

read more
How To Unlock Business Travel After Brexit

How To Unlock Business Travel After Brexit

This week, the panel discusses whether new schemes such as ‘test to release’ can get business travellers moving again, the outlook for business travel after Brexit and whether companies will require their employees to be vaccinated to resume travelling.

read more
GUEST POST: My Travel Experience

GUEST POST: My Travel Experience

Our own Gray Dawes Travel Reservations Supervisor, Beth Williams, recently recently travelled from Manchester Airport to Dubai Airport with Emirates – here is her first hand experience of travelling during a pandemic.

read more
Tier 4 and Christmas Travel Rules Explained

Tier 4 and Christmas Travel Rules Explained

More than 16 million people in London, parts of the south east and east of England have been placed into a new Tier 4, with extremely strict travel regulations. In addition, the Christmas easing allowing three households to mix has been reduced to a single day: 25...

read more
BTA DFT Survey Findings

BTA DFT Survey Findings

Working closely with the Department for Transport and The Business Travel Association (The BTA) we wanted to find out what changes our clients were experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic via a survey. The Department for Transport has now analysed those results and released it initial findings. We have compiled some of the key findings below and you can download the full report here.

read more
Test to Release

Test to Release

From the 15th December, arriving into England will have the option to take a COVID-19 test five days after leaving a country not on the travel corridors list, as part of the government’s new Test to Release scheme. This could shorten their period of self-isolation if the result is negative.

read more
BTN Europe Podcast Episode 10

BTN Europe Podcast Episode 10

After Covid-19, what will the new level of business travel be? According to Bill Gates, it’ll be half of what we’re used to. But will this podcast’s panel of industry experts agree with him? Tune in to find out.

read more

SIGN UP TO OUR WEEKLY

‘BACK TO BUSINESS… TRAVEL’ NEWSLETTER

GREATER THAN THE SUM OF OUR PARTS

 

We don't just specialise in business travel you know.

We're a part of the Gray Dawes Group, an organisation with specialisms and expertise in many sectors. If you need help planning the holiday of your dreams, or showcasing an event that'll never be forgotten, then we've got you covered.    

STAY IN THE KNOW

CONNECT WITH US

OUR PURPOSE

At the heart of everything we do are our people. We don’t just mean just our employees, but our clients and suppliers too.

At Gray Dawes Group we strive to create an environment which recognises and nurtures a healthy work/life balance – for our staff and clients alike.

By providing our customers with better travel management, they’re able to achieve what they need to by working flexibly, whether in the office, at home or around the globe.

Gray Dawes Group Alternative Logo

 

Radius Travel Member Logo