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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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Movember Masters

Movember Masters

On 1st November, a brave group of Gray Dawes Group gentlemen lay down their razors and took on the Movember challenge – to grow a moustache in order to raise money for men’s health charities. Setting themselves a target of £1,000, what they actually achieved – both financially and follically – exceeded all expectations! 

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Covid-19 Tests

Covid-19 Tests

Countries around the world are relying on Covid-19 testing programmes to reopen travel. So which test do you have to take for which country? You’ll find some answers here, as well as links to useful resources where you can find further information. 

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Consulting Autumn Report

Consulting Autumn Report

Focussing on the Air and Hotel markets, this insightful and free publication examines the current status of business travel in the UK. With particular attention to the Air and Hotel markets, the report uses data trends and commercial analysis to help inform corporate policy and business travel behaviour.

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BTN Europe Podcast 9

BTN Europe Podcast 9

This time, the panel look at what changes the airlines have been making during the Covid pandemic and whether things will revert to normal once it’s over. The pandemic has seen many corporate airline deals extended or pushed back and we hear how relationships are key – suppliers need to talk to corporates and intermediaries

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8 Netflix Travel Shows Worth Watching While in Lockdown

8 Netflix Travel Shows Worth Watching While in Lockdown

Combine the difficulty of travelling during lockdown with the fact that many of the TV shows we enjoy have halted production and we find ourselves pining for a new kind of release. To help quench our thirst for all things travel here’s our recommendation for 8 Netflix shows worth watching while in lockdown.

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Face to Face Meetings

Face to Face Meetings

The COVID-19 pandemic has got us all rethinking the way we do business. From no longer needing expensive office space (replaced by the home office) to conducting important business meetings via video conferencing technology. So… do we still need to face meetings?

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The End Of The Office?

The End Of The Office?

So many of us haven’t been in to the office for months and, at least in the UK, there seems very little appetite to do so any time soon. Many businesses are seriously looking at alternatives to corporate bricks and mortar, in favour of operating virtually. So, what does this all mean for business travel?

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How To Keep Travelling During Lockdown

How To Keep Travelling During Lockdown

As the UK enters a second lockdown, travel for work is still permitted. If you’re a regular business traveller you may also be exempt from the current quarantine regulations. We show you how to keep you – and your business – moving, safely and legally.

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Holiday to Help Out

Holiday to Help Out

Give yourself something to look forward to! The Holiday to Help Out scheme provides incredible special offers for holiday bookings made over a limited period – from now until November 8th – giving everyone a chance to book a break for next year and beyond, and have a holiday to look forward to.

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Gray Dawes Group Joins the Movember Mo-vement

Gray Dawes Group Joins the Movember Mo-vement

We are proud to announce that this year the Gentlemen of Gray Dawes Group will be growing facial furniture for the month of November, in support of Movember. Movember, for those who haven’t heard of them, are a leading charity working to change the face of men’s...

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Behind the Scenes at Heathrow Airport

Behind the Scenes at Heathrow Airport

Our own Gray Dawes Group Marketing Director, John Cooper, was recently invited by United Airlines and Heathrow Airport to take a look – first hand – at the measures being put in place for the safety of travellers. What John discovered were a range of innovations and practices which, in his opinion, make taking a flight the safest place to be!

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CommonPass

CommonPass

In collaboration with The Commons Project, the World Economic Forum is supporting the development and launch of CommonPass, an initiative which aims to develop a global, interoperable framework to safely restore cross-border travel to pre-pandemic levels.

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COVID-19: First UK Airport Coronavirus Testing Begins

COVID-19: First UK Airport Coronavirus Testing Begins

to have the option of paying for a rapid COVID-19 test before checking in. The test will cost £80 and the result is guaranteed within an hour. The aim is to help people travelling to destinations where proof of a negative result is required on arrival.

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Suzanne Horner Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders

Suzanne Horner Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders

Our CEO, Suzanne Horner, has been named as one of LDC’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders for 2020. Now in its third year, the programme, which is supported by The Telegraph, celebrates the inspiring leaders behind some of the UK’s most successful and fast-growing medium-sized firms.

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Return to the Skies

Return to the Skies

In a new report commissioned by London City Airport, nine out of ten large UK companies say air travel is cruicial to success. The importance of domestic and international travel to the economic prospects of UK businesses and the wider economy reveals that the majority of UK business leaders would return to the skies if quarantine measures were eased. 

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BTN Podcast Episode 6

BTN Podcast Episode 6

IATA has announced that airlines will burn through $77 billion in cash before the end of the year and a further $6 billion a month next year. Easyjet has announced its first ever loss. In this podcast, the panelists discuss how to manage travel programmes when airlines are facing an existential threat.

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