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IATA Travel Pass
IATA Travel Pass

Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be the world’s first airline to pilot the full solution IATA Travel Pass starting with passengers travelling from Singapore to London from 15 28 March.

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Space Hotel
Space Hotel

In this latest article of our regular ‘futures’ feature, exploring what the travel industry of tomorrow may look like, we explore the Voyager Station – a hotel in space which is scheduled to open its airlocks to visitors in just six years time! The Gateway Foundation has announced that it intends to open the first hotel in space in 2027.

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Travellers Gaining Confidence
Travellers Gaining Confidence

IATA announces results from its latest poll of recent travellers, revealing growing confidence in a return to air travel, frustration with current travel restrictions, and acceptance of a travel app to manage health credentials for travel.

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Business Travel News Podcast
Business Travel News Podcast

The travel industry is obsessed with NDC – but what exactly is it? It can be anything from an extra bag to even providing a mariachi band to play out as you board the plane, if that’s what you want. The problem is control and the airlines have challenges providing that level of control between hubs and different members of their airline alliances. NDC promises a new retailing world, but who is the retailer?

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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