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Chicago: A Business Traveller’s Guide
Chicago: A Business Traveller’s Guide

Whether its digging into a traditional deep-dish pizza or making deals in the boardrooms of the The Loop business district, get to know the Windy City better in this comprehensive guide for business travellers.

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An Expert’s Guide to Ancillaries
An Expert’s Guide to Ancillaries

Arriving at your destination is just one step of the journey. In this article, we sit down with Matthew Bond, Enterprise Account Manager, to talk about ancillaries and how by booking “added extras” as part of a complete, door-to-door trip with Gray Dawes you can streamline your business trips.

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I Can Find It Cheaper On The Internet
I Can Find It Cheaper On The Internet

American Airlines announced in February 2024 that it would require travel agencies and online booking tools to connect directly to their NDC channel or lose access to up to 50% of fares, with travellers no longer receiving Advantage points on bookings. Here’s what happened next…

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New MD Role for Dave Bishop
New MD Role for Dave Bishop

Following our acquisition of VCK Travel at the start of this year, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Gray Dawes Group COO, Dave Bishop, as Managing Director of our Netherlands-based operation.

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Travel Talks 13: MARINE & ENERGY Travel
Travel Talks 13: MARINE & ENERGY Travel

In this special Marine & Energy episode of Travel Talks, Bruce Ratcliff, VP of Marine & Energy, and Lisa Titmas, our specialist Marine & Energy Travel Team Supervisor, explore the very real benefits of working with a corporate travel partner to help manage the complex challenges of crewing logistics.

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6 Recommendations For a UK Rail Revolution
6 Recommendations For a UK Rail Revolution

The UK rail industry has been under serious scrutiny over the past few years, with rising ticket prices, driver shortages, and service-paralyzing strikes placing the plight of train travel at the front and centre of the national consciousness. In this article we take a deeper look at the recent BTA whitepaper: “Getting Our Trains Back on Track! Putting Passengers First” which outlines their recommendations for a positive, passenger-led revolution for train travel.

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Creating an Inclusive Travel Programme
Creating an Inclusive Travel Programme

If you’re just starting out on incorporating inclusivity in your corporate travel policy, then this blog is for you! Let’s get you started with our six super quick tips on what to consider when building an inclusive travel programme.

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Global Mergers and Acquisitions
Global Mergers and Acquisitions

In this guest article by David Jonas from The Company Dime, the recent acquisition of CWT by AMEX Global Business Travel is studied and analysed, focussing on what it could mean for customers and the wider travel management industry.

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Airline Theft
Airline Theft

Airlines don’t divulge their statistics on in-flight theft. However, several high-profile cases recently have bought the issue into the headlines. So what can you do to avoid having your valuables pilfered mid-flight, and what should you do if you get robbed on a plane?

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Tips For Tipping On Your Business Travels
Tips For Tipping On Your Business Travels

When you’re travelling the world on business, nothing creates a flutter of anxiety quite like the question ‘how much are you supposed to tip? It’s even more confusing when you’re outside of your home country and the customs are different. When should you tip, how much, and who do you give it to? Relax… here’s our definitive guide to tipping around the world.

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4 Strategies to Score Savings on Sports Travel
4 Strategies to Score Savings on Sports Travel

Getting athletes to an international tournament or a board member to a sports conference at the opposite end of the country involves an almost dizzying array of moving parts. In this article, we look deeper at 4 of the best tactics for cutting sports travel costs. You might be surprised at some of the ways you can save money. 

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Sydney: A Business Traveller’s Guide
Sydney: A Business Traveller’s Guide

Travelling to Sydney for work? Renowned for its colourful cultural scene and nightlife set against the glittering backdrop of the South Pacific Ocean, Sydney is a city that offers everything a modern business traveller could hope for with a dash of Down Under charm. We take a deeper look at the local business culture and top things to see and do in this comprehensive guide to the city.

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International Women’s Day 2024
International Women’s Day 2024

Women are integral to the success of Gray Dawes. You only need to look as far as our CEO, Suzanne Horner, as proof of that fact. So we asked some of our amazing female staff what International Women’s Day means to them and what it is like as a woman in business travel. Check out what they had to say…

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A Day in the Life of an Operations Manager
A Day in the Life of an Operations Manager

With over 40-years of experience, Tony is one of the longest-serving members at Gray Dawes. In this article, we chat to Tony about his day-to-day responsibilities as an Operations Manager, his first experiences as a travel agent stamping brochures in the 1980s, and a lung-busting mountain climbing experience.

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How to be the Smartest Business Travel Booker in the Room
How to be the Smartest Business Travel Booker in the Room

The role of a business travel booker cannot be overstated. In this guide, we give our top tips to help you stay ahead of the business travel game and become the smartest business travel booker in the room. We highlight the importance of having access to comprehensive travel content, extol the benefits of advance booking, reveal the secret to getting the best rates on flights, and give you tips to save money on hotels.

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Shanghai: A Business Traveller’s Guide
Shanghai: A Business Traveller’s Guide

Nestled along the banks of the mighty Yangtze River Delta, the eastern Chinese city of Shanghai is renowned for its economic and cultural clout. In this comprehensive guide to Shanghai for business travellers, we take a deeper look into the local business culture, offer our top tips for getting around the city, and pick out the best things to see and do during your visit.

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5 Ways AI Will Revolutionise Business Travel
5 Ways AI Will Revolutionise Business Travel

In today’s fast-paced world, where efficiency and productivity are more important than ever, AI is emerging as a game-changer in the realm of corporate travel. In this article, we take a look at 5 possible ways AI might revolutionise the industry, offering a brief look into a future where truly intelligent technology has unlocked new doors hitherto unnoticed.

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Travel Talks 10 – 2024 Trends
Travel Talks 10 – 2024 Trends

Discover what corporate travel management will look like over the next twelve months. In this episode of Travel Talks, we explore the operational, economic, geopolitical and technology factors which will influence the business travel industry in 2024, exploring what this will mean for organisations, travel managers and travellers.

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Managing Your Mental Health on a Business Trip
Managing Your Mental Health on a Business Trip

In this article, we explore the concept of mental health, delve into effective techniques and resources to manage it, and provide practical tips for business travellers to prioritise their well-being before, during, and after their work trips.

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Turkish Airlines Prepares to Launch Flights to Melbourne
Turkish Airlines Prepares to Launch Flights to Melbourne

Turkish Airlines is poised to launch its long-anticipated flights to Australia, with Melbourne as the likely starting point in March 2024. In this article, we explore the details surrounding the proposed route and give a rundown of everything you need to know.

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Dubai: A Business Traveller’s Guide
Dubai: A Business Traveller’s Guide

Once a modest fishing village nestled on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, Dubai emerged shimmering from the desert sands as an economic powerhouse with global ambitions. The city is almost unrecognisable from its pearl-diving past. Dhows cruise the waterways beneath a soaring skyline punctuated by the iconic Burj Khalifa which pierces the heavens at nearly 3,000ft. Get to know the city better in this comprehensive guide for business travellers.

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United Against Hunger with the Trussell Trust
United Against Hunger with the Trussell Trust

We partnered with the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest food bank charity, in the belief that nobody should be left hungry or forced to live in poverty. We caught up with a few members of our Colchester-based team to learn more about what Gray Dawes are doing to help and find out what they learned from an eye-opening visit to the local food bank.

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European Expansion
European Expansion

As part of our strategic global growth plans, Gray Dawes Group has acquired the Netherlands based travel management business, VCK Travel. A well established powerhouse within the European business travel market, VCK Travel will further strengthen our ALWAYS ON global value proposition while also acting as a springboard for our expansion into Europe, providing huge benefits for all our clients.

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Zurich: A Business Traveller’s Guide
Zurich: A Business Traveller’s Guide

Nestled amidst snow-capped peaks and shimmering lakes lies the Swiss city of Zurich. Forget the stereotypical vision of quaint Alpine villages – this cosmopolitan gem is a dynamo of finance, innovation, and cutting-edge design. But beneath the sleek skyscrapers and buzzing trams lies a charming Altstadt (Old Town) whispering tales of medieval guilds and Reformation fervour.

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Deep Dive into Account Management
Deep Dive into Account Management

We sat down with Account Manager, Dan Fido, to learn more about the role of account management within Gray Dawes Travel. From problem solving to value finding, there’s so much more to client liaison than monthly meetings and doughnuts.

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Frankfurt: A Business Traveller’s Guide
Frankfurt: A Business Traveller’s Guide

Nestled in the beating heart of southwest Germany, Frankfurt is renowned for being the nation’s financial epicentre. In this guide, we take a deeper look into the city as a business travel destination with tips to getting there and around, plus our top picks for things to see or do.

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Travelling for Business with a Disability
Travelling for Business with a Disability

Travelling the world can be challenging for those living with a disability. It’s not just about getting from A to B – every single stage of the journey needs to be planned meticulously. In this article, we give our top tips and advice for disabled business travellers about to head off on a trip across the world.

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Fly Better with Emirates
Fly Better with Emirates

You can fly with Emirates to over 130 destinations around the world. So wherever your business takes you, make your travel streamlined, economical and unforgettable

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