This time last week we were at the Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge, hosting our very first ‘An Evening with Gray Dawes’.
Joined by a handful of our suppliers including Virgin Atlantic, Maiden Voyage, AVIS, The Inspiring Travel Company, Booking.com, Lufthansa, Etihad and Chrome River, we invited our clients and contacts along to join us for an evening to learn about the future of travel management and to discover our new, exciting technology.
They were welcomed by the iconic Virgin Atlantic Cabin Crew, who served up their signature Virgin Redhead cocktail, as well as glasses of prosecco and delicious canapes from the Millennium Hotel team.
We hosted seminars throughout the evening from a few of our suppliers, starting with International SOS who joined us to discuss security and safety within the travel industry. Discussing the increase in natural disasters, and the effect this can have on employees and their employers’ duty of care, amongst many other aspects of risk whilst travelling.
Maiden Voyage were next up, as they joined us to share their advice on making travel safer and more social for female travellers. This provoked some very interesting discussion with our attendees, as some questioned whether women would feel offended by being treated differently to their male counterparts, to which MV explained ‘It’s not about treating women differently, it’s about treating women appropriately.’
It was back to figures with Chrome River, as they discussed expense management and how to make this a simpler process for employees.
To end our seminar sessions, Booking.com considered the future of travel and discussed how the post-millennial generation like to book their travel and the level of intuitive technology they have come to expect from online booking sites.
To end the evening, we had an interactive Q&A Panel discussion, where we invited our CEO Suzanne Horner, Rory Egan-Thomas from Virgin Delta, Meera Lakhani from Booking.com, Nick Ludlow from Chrome River and Emmie Mees from Radius Travel to answer questions from our guests. There were some great questions and discussion about the future of travel and how TMCs can continue to add value for business travellers going forward.
The evening was highly successful, and we enjoyed catching up with current clients and new contacts to showcase our lastest, industry-leading technology, as well as a chance for us to learn more about the ever-changing needs of corporate travellers.
A huge thank you to all of our suppliers, as well as the Millennium Hotel, for joining us on our very first An Evening With Gray Dawes, we look forward to hosting similar events in the future.
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