One thing that is so important when considering your travel policy is the security and safety of your travellers.
Companies often overlook this element, not on purpose of course as they have a company-wide travel insurance policy in place and then assume that this will cover everything they need. A normal company travel policy or insurance does not usually provide the cover that is required to all destinations especially if your travellers are travelling to a destination that is advised against travel by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or there is a change in the advise while they are abroad.
The help and advise that we, as a travel management company (TMC), can give is invaluable.
We can arrange and assist with numerous things, the below is just the tip of the iceberg:
Get intouch to discuss options for your company, we are here to help and make life easier for you and your company!
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'Why should I use a TMC when I can just book everything myself?' is something that we have heard alot in the past.
I love it when someone asks us this as there are so many answers depending on the company or situation of the person. A big one right now is that we are watching the developments on the Covid-19 travel restrictions globally so that we can inform all our clients of the situation in the destination they want to travel to and the situation with quarantine upon returning. Therefore if the traffic light system in the UK changes then we will let you know and help you get home or to the destination you need to go.
With regards to and other thing that people also say; "I can just book everything online": You can still book everything online if you want to, using our booking system, or you can just ask us to do it for you and save a lot of time with all the searching especially when it is a busy destination! PLUS you have the backup of a 24 hour team of experienced professionals to help should you need it.
Why wouldn't you use a TMC?!
Just image this situation:
SOLUTION: Just give us a call:
When using us as your TMC there is no need to panic we can help you. We have all the information in one place and can tell you exactly what flights and hotels are booked and for who and help sort all the flights, re-book alternative flights, book trains if flights are grounded, book hotels where required or anything that you need.
So the answer to the question is:
Why would you not use a TMC when you have the support of our team of experienced professionals to help you and we have all the up to date information about the travel restrictions with regards to Covid-19.
Get in touch and we can tell you how we can help you with your situation email us
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Business travel has come to a complete halt in the first few months of 2020, as the world grappled with the COVID-19 crisis. With stay-at-home orders in place throughout the country, a large percentage of the workforce were forced to work from home and cancel all travel plans indefinitely.
It’s no secret that pandemic has not been easy for the air travel industry. But as restrictions and travel bans are easing across the country and the world, things are looking up again for the future of flying.
COVID-19, however, may have changed air travel as we know it forever.
Let us take a closer look at how the pandemic has changed the way people travel for business.
Demand for Private Aviation Surges
While the idea of flying private for business isn’t new, the demand for private jet flights has surged over the past few months as more and more companies turn to private aviation as a safe and efficient means of transportation.
Private jets inherently tick all the right boxes for those who need to fly right now, whether for business or leisure. Aside from providing a personalized business travel experience, chartered flights eliminate most health and safety concerns that people have with traveling during a pandemic, particularly the need to traverse through crowded airports and fly with strangers.
With so many flights getting rerouted or cancelled, flying private has become a viable and convenient option for travellers.
More Time Spent at The Airport
Gone were the days when it’s okay to show up at the airport an hour or two before your flight. To ensure everyone’s safety, airports and airlines are now implementing strict disinfection processes prior to boarding. Commercial flight passengers are advised to be at the airport three or four hours earlier to complete all the necessary health, sanitation, and safety protocols.
A lengthier immigration process is also to be expected when traveling to another country during the pandemic.
More Travel Requirements
A passport used to be the only thing you need when traveling out of the country, but not anymore. Aside from a clean bill of health, a negative COVID test result, and travel insurance, those who are traveling for business may need to produce proof that their travel is essential, especially when the destination is a known COVID hotspot.
You’ll also likely need to present a recent negative COVID test result before being allowed to board a flight back to the country.
Business Trips Becoming Longer
Up until COVID-19 happened, it was normal for businessmen and corporate employees to take short business trips outside the country. These days, however, this has become impossible.
Many countries require incoming passengers to isolate until they get their negative COVID test result, while others implement a mandatory two-week isolation period even after testing negative.
That being said, organizations have to take a case-by-case approach when assessing the viability of employee travel nowadays. They have to be more flexible with the travel plans and budget to accommodate last-minute changes and ensure the safest routes of travel for their representatives.
Air Travel is More Flexible Than Ever
If there’s one silver lining for traveling in the time of COVID-19, it’s that air travel has become more flexible and accommodating towards passengers. Airlines used to charge passengers for changing or cancelling their flights, but that’s no longer the case.
Some airline companies have waived change fees for this year amid the ever-changing travel bans, while others have cancelled them indefinitely. Also, most flight vouchers issued during the pandemic are valid for up to two years.
These days, it does seem like passengers have the upper hand. The balance of power has shifted to consumers, and it’s likely to stay that way for a while.
Business Travel Rebounds Slowly Amid the Pandemic
Although virtual conferencing platforms have made it possible for businesses to hold meetings and discussions from different parts of the world, it is not always enough. Some deals are best negotiated face-to-face.
The good news is that despite the huge blow that it has sustained for most of 2020, air travel, whether for business or leisure, is bound to pick up in the next few months as COVID vaccines become widely available.
The airline industry is expected to slowly rebuild itself as domestic travel restrictions are lifted and the country opens itself up for flights from all over the world.
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About the Author
Melissa Hull is the Content Marketing Strategist for Aviation Charters, a West Trenton, New Jersey-based private aviation company that provides on-demand aircraft charter, aircraft management, and aircraft acquisition services. Aside from her passion for writing, she loves to travel and read espionage books
A Negative Covid-19 Test result is now required when entering Scotland and England. This may also be applied to the rest of the UK however it has not yet been announced.
'People arriving by plane, train or boat, including UK nationals, will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said travellers "can't board... without having that negative test". But even with a negative test, arrivals from countries not on the travel corridor list must still quarantine.'
Excerpt taken from the BBC article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55582116
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The Travel Industry, along with many others, has taken a huge knock in 2020! (and that is a big understatement!)
I think this year people have realised how important it is to book travel with a REAL travel agent.
We have helped all of our clients, along with many new people who needed some assistance, get refunds, make cancellations, postpone trips and give help and advice when they needed it. We have been available 24/7 and believe that this is the best and only way to operate as a responsible Travel Agent.
We know how difficult, upsetting and worrying this year has been for people and have taken the 'travel' stress away from people, sorting everything out for them.
Let us know how we can help
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So 2020 has been a crazy year so far and I think we can all agree that we need to look to the future and what better way than to write a 'Travel Bucket List'!
Now your list can be as long or a short as you want it to be, it can also keep on growing and changing as nothing is set in stone!
To help you visualise it here is the empty bucket ready to be filled with all your amazing thoughts and ideas of; places to go, things to do, people to meet, sights to see, meals to eat, drinks to drink, I could go on forever there is so much to get excited about.
Best not to do this when you are at work!
Or maybe it is if you are having a tough day!
Get comfortable, sit back with your favourite drink and start dreaming. I forgot to also mention not to think about how much it will cost while you fill your bucket as this is a 'wish list' and once you have all those amazing ideas in your bucket (metaphorically speaking) then you can start to prioritise them and then comes the exciting bit - START PLANNING!!!!!!
If you could go anywhere in The World where would that be?
Write all those ideas down with as much detail as you can. Whether it is the other side of The World or just 10 miles away from your own home, it really doesn't matter. This is your Bucket so you put whatever you want in there. I have and there are some crazy ones on there, but with the right help & planning they aren't out of reach.
To help you with a few Bucket List ideas:
It is a very therapeutic thing to do and also extremely exciting!!
The next thing is to start thinking about when you want to go, this year, Next Year, 5 years from now? Write it down and get planning. Split your bucket into different months or years as it can help when planning it all in. You are going to be busy and in a very great way.
If we can help, of course we are here to make sure you stay as excited as you are right now and make those Bucket List dreams become a reality!
Get in touch and let us know what's in your bucket and if you are ready let us help you plan and book that trip ( or trips!) you've always wanted to do.
The Travel Company Edinburgh
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Following on from our blog posted in April 'Holiday 'Window' Shopping Increases as People Stay at Home!'
We have seen that as the lock-down is starting to ease, people are getting hopeful about Summer holidays and searching for this summer. Many countries are starting to invite tourists back and once we are able to travel on holiday again we will be booking that long awaited break.
There are still restrictions in place for traveling within the UK and abroad and it is still unclear when people will be able to travel on holiday. The situation in constantly changing and being updated by the UK Government on traveling.
How we travel will change, stays in hotels and resorts will be different with social distancing and special measures being brought in to keep everyone safe. It will still be fantastic to go on holiday again just a little different.
The number of searches increasing is great to see and it shows that we are all feeling positive and still want to have the lovely holiday somewhere special.
We have very similar findings are Travelsupermarket who state:
Searches for holidays between July 1 and October 31 2020 have seen an increase of:
The top country searches have been:
We are seeing that people are being optimistic about a break this year and we are keeping on top of all the developments and advising our customers on the destinations they are researching.
If you would like some holiday inspiration, whether it is for this year or next, take a look at our holiday website and start dreaming and planning.
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Following on from our previous blog post on Private Jets and with the possibility of travel restrictions being lifted in the near future, we have seen an increase in enquiries from people about using a private jet or a private helicopter to avoid being in an enclosed space with other people.
This is something that you may not have thought about before due to the ease of 'normal' travel on commercial airlines or maybe even the thought that it would be far too expensive.
A private jet of course is thought of as a luxury in 'normal' times however is it becoming more important now with what is going on in the world?
We have been working with private jet and helicopter companies for many years and believe that if you are able to it is a great way to travel. A very important point to mention is that flying with the people you want to fly with rather than strangers has the added peace of mind that you know all the people in the plane, a commercial airline can not give you that comfort.
The flexibility is great as you can fly into smaller airports as well as the larger ones therefore get closer to your final destination.
It really is something to think about when you are looking to book your next trip.
One of our suppliers Pretium Jet & helicopter says:
"Chartering a private aircraft gives you the freedom to travel your way. You can fly where you want, when you want and in the comfort and privacy of your own aircraft. You'll have flexibility and greater control over your schedule and spend less time travelling and sitting in airports; you'll make the most of your time away."
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Thinking about the future and getting excited!
At some point in the future we will be saying:
When the above actually happens where will you go to in the United Kingdom?
Have you been to all the countries in the UK yet?
I bet there are so many places that you haven't been and fantastic and different experiences to have. You can; see all the historic sites, eat delicious cuisines, enjoy local and international drinks, go hiking in the countryside, go cruising on the canals and lakes or lochs, have an adventure packed break, visit all the amazing cities, travel around the local villages, soak up the local atmosphere and so much more.
Below is a summary of the MANY Reasons to holiday in The UK
The 'Staycation' is something to seriously think about and start planning as it is good to have something to look forward to.
Get intouch if you would like ideas for your future holiday and help in planning that exciting UK holiday!
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We thought that this article by Lufthansa City Center was very concise and thought it made a very good point!
Contact us if you agree and would like to find out more and how we can be of assistance.
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Click here for: Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office travel advice.
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