MOVING FORWARD

THE BLOG FOR BUSINESS TRAVEL PROFESSIONALS

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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Top 5 MICE Destinations
Top 5 MICE Destinations

With international travel now firmly back on the agenda, we asked our colleagues over in Gray Dawes Events for the TOP 5 destinations you should consider for your next corporate event. Check out this article and video for their favourite locations… which may surprise you!

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Light at the end of the tunnel
Light at the end of the tunnel

It’s clear from the recovery and certainly the demand that we’re seeing across the industry and beyond that business travel is very much back on the agenda. Gray Dawes CCO Warren Dix explores the Covid-19 aftershock felt across industries and the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Top Travel Tips
Top Travel Tips

Did you miss our first Travel Talks webinar on how to build your travellers’ confidence in a post-pandemic and post-Brexit world? Don’t worry, here we present the top tips shared by Operations Manager, Julie Hamstead-Wallis, and Director of Client Development, Gavin Sanderson.

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All Things AVIS
All Things AVIS

We recently caught up with our friends at Avis to learn about all the latest developments with the car hire specialists, including their loyalty programme, Avis Preferred, how business travellers can manage rentals on the go with the Avis App and much more.

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Managing Mental Health
Managing Mental Health

To mark Mental Health Awareness Month, we reached out to TravelHealthPro to help identify the key mental health issues facing business travellers and to offer practical guidance on what they can do to identify and alleviate the symptoms.

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Border Force
Border Force

We recently caught up with our colleagues and contacts at UK Border Force to learn what’s happening at British ports are airports, now that international travel is returning in earnest, and learn what this means for business travellers.

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Schengen Area Travel
Schengen Area Travel

With business travel continuing to ramp up, organisations need to consider keeping track of the amount of time UK citizens spend within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Allowance permits non-EU citizens to visit the Schengen Area for a maximum period of 90 days within a rolling 180-day period.

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How To Focus Better At Work
How To Focus Better At Work

Find out how to focus better at work with these helpful tips that will increase the attention span and concentration of you and your team.

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All Things United
All Things United

We recently caught up with our friends at United Airlines to learn all about the exciting new developments they have planned for business travellers. From new routes to supersonic flying, we take a quick look at what’s about to take off.

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Premier Inn Competition
Premier Inn Competition

For this month’s ‘Moving Forward’ Competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Premier Inn to bring you a fantastic prize. We also caught up with what’s been happening at Premier Inn for business travellers, checking out (and in to!) their stunning new Premier Plus rooms…

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How To Control Costs
How To Control Costs

As market prices increase following the global pandemic, we examine what Travel Managers now need to think about and how they can effectively control the cost of business travel. Spoiler alert: it’s not all about content, but also process and booking behaviour.

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Cyber Safety
Cyber Safety

With the ever-escalating security issues the world faces, particularly around increased global cyber-security threats, we want to reassure you that, no matter what the risks are, companies and their travellers are safe with Gray Dawes Travel.

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International Women’s Day 2022
International Women’s Day 2022

This year we wanted to pay tribute to some of the incredible women who were pioneers in travel. It’s these women and their amazing achievements, often in the face of adversity, who paved the way for women in the travel industry today.

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Jet Lag
Jet Lag

Just as a hangover so often follows a great night out, travel can lead to some not so magnificent jet lag – a temporary sleep problem that can affect long-haul fliers. And, as with hangovers, everyone seems to have their own ‘cure’ – but which are the real deal? We explore the six best ways to beat jet lag.

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