At Gray Dawes Travel we work with the best in the business, whether that’s our incredible team or the partners we choose to work with. So, we were delighted when one such partner, Grapevine, won the Innovation Faceoff at the Business Travel Show at the start of the month and the 8th annual Innovate Innovation Standoff just last week.

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Grapevine provide powerful AI (artificial intelligence) as part of YourTrip+ that provides users with tailored recommendations for additional elements of their business travel trip that they may otherwise have missed.

They took part in the Innovation Faceoff at the Business Travel Show Europe on 1st October, against some stiff competition, ultimately beating five other innovators to the win. Following a six-minute presentation, each finalist then had to face questions from a panel of industry experts, who then acted as judges for to select a winner.

Similarly, at the BTN Group’s Innovate conference in New York on the 22nd October, Grapevine were one of ten to compete for the trophy, having a seven minute presentation before answering questions from the panel.

Founder and CEO of Grapevine, Jack Dow, took part in both Innovation Faceoff’s

“We’re delighted to have won both of these prestigious awards in the space of one month. This is just the beginning of an exciting journey, and it feels like there is a real buzz in the air around innovation in business travel. We’re excited to be delivering personalised right time, right channel retailing to business travellers and improved duty of care compliance to corporates. Working with Gray Dawes we know that we’re going to be gaining fantastic insight into the industry and have already received great support in developing our solutions.”

The wins give Grapevine not just kudos and shiny trophies, but PR support and the chance to be at the judging table for next year’s competitions. They also demonstrate how innovative Grapevine’s approach is as recognised by the industry.

We’re delighted to be partnering with such a progressive company, helping to shape the future of their product and passing the benefits onto our clients.

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Grapevine’s Jack Dow will be accompanying our own Chief Commercial Officer, David Bishop at the World Travel Market in London next week as they take to the stage to talk about the latest in innovation for Business Travel. You’ll find them at the Travel Forward Stage at 11:30am on Tuesday 2nd November, speaking as part of Advantage’s session “Where Technology Meets Human”.


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. With common sense and a good TMC behind you, travellers can have the confidence to once again take to the skies. It’ll soon be back business as (un)usual.