Gray Dawes Consulting

Autumn Report on the State of Air & Hotel Markets for Business Travel

We’re thrilled to present the very first quarterly report from Gray Dawes Consulting.

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


Autumn Report

The impact of COVID-19 on global aviation and international hotel capacity has been nothing short of catastrophic.

On the last week of October, 91% of countries had some level of border restrictions in place, with 23% enforcing a total ban in regard to inbound international travel for non-residents. This high figure still represented an easing of border controls compared to July, where restrictions were in place in 98% of countries, with total ban enforced in 30% of all countries. 

Locally, the level of controls relating to COVID-19 i.e. social distancing measures and the restrictions on public transport (referred to as “stringency”) averaged 64% which was down 10% from August. Indicating that while borders are reopening, the risk of transmission was still being considered a high to restrict movement.

As of 31st October, The UK ranked 8th among countries in terms of stringency levels (74%) a rise of 14% from July with the number of countries on the Travel Corridor list (exempting quarantine measures) down to just 51 from 72 in August. 

This report  focuses on business travel trends during the current climate of border restrictions and travel quarantine measures.

While the content and our analysis is relevant to all business travel, we concentrate on the implications for the manufacturing industry and present advice on how your business may navigate the current climate.

Gray Dawes Consulting is an impartial, in-house team of experienced travel data experts who combine 90 years’ experience, market-leading tools and analytics to drive corporate travel booking efficiencies, cost savings and traveller satisfaction.

Adopting a tried and tested methodology of 28 Key Performance Indicators, the work of Consulting Manager, Aman Pourkarimi, and his team typically saves clients an average of 22% on their annual business travel spend. We are the first travel management company to offer a unique service which specialises in the SME / Mid Market space.

For a free consultation and to discuss your own travel policy planning, please get in touch.

To help you navigate the changes of business travel, we’ve created the brand-new Traveller Toolkit. This invaluable online resource is packed full of easy-to-use guides and checklists for every stage of every journey. We detail exactly what you need to know and do before, during and after your trip.

You’ll also find innovative and interactive virtual trips, which walk you through each step of  being at the airport, on the train and in the hotel. You can even check the travel restrictions and health status of your destination with our comprehensive COVID-19 Country Tracker, updated five times daily to ensure you have the very latest information to help keep you and your travellers safe.

Travel is changing. But with common sense and a good TMC behind you, travellers should have the confidence to once again take to the skies. It’ll soon be business as (un)usual.