Bill gates has said that 50% of business travel would go following the pandemic, but he would say that, wouldn’t he? His company, Microsoft, has a very powerful alternative to business travel in Teams, after all. Yet many companies have used the virtual standstill of business travel due to Covid to take stock of what parts of business travel are essential.
You could argue that many businesses have survived well enough without travelling at all.
Companies are now having to focus more closely on what types of business travel will be allowed to come back. Will training and internal meetings be forced to go virtual and is that a good thing? Are the days of day trips numbered?
The cost of a trip, whether that is in terms of funds, planet or people, is going to be increasingly under scrutiny in the future and travel managers will need to educate bookers and travellers about just how their business travel fits into the organisation’s overall strategy.
In this podcast, EY’s Karen Hutchings, Nike’s Daniel Tallos, our own Gray Dawes COO Dave Bishop and Festive Road’s Paul Tilstone, together with regular host Mark Frary, discuss what the shape of future business travel will be.
And for business travel updates on the go, be sure to check and follow YourCast – our brand new podcast for all things business travel. Search Gray Dawes YourCast wherever you get your podcast of click on the following links:
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.