Here at Good Travel Management, we’ve always believed in pro-actively consulting with our clients about their business and industry sector so that we can assist them in delivering on projects or goals within their business where travel plays a significant part of the success. During the Covid-19 pandemic that contact has never been more important and one thing, our clients asked for was updates on when other companies returned to travelling as a guide for their own intentions.
The map below shows the most popular destinations for our clients during Q3 2021:
Levels of travel continued to increase during Q3 of 2021 although transactions were only at 35% of the levels seen in the same quarter, pre-pandemic, in 2019. European destinations continued to lead the way as the main travel area as countries within Europe were removed from red and amber UK travel lists and restrictions were eased by a number of destination countries. Average flight ticket costs for European destinations were down by 22% in Q3 2021, as compared with Q3 2019, as airlines reduced airfares in efforts to stimulate demand. We also saw an increase in the number of trips we managed to North America as clients operating in certain sectors such as Engineering, Construction, Energy and Biosciences obtained the documentation required to enter the USA. We expect this trend to continue as restrictions to enter the U.S.A. are eased for fully vaccinated travellers from the 8th of November 2021.
Traveller feedback has shown that suppliers throughout the travel supply chain continue to recognise the need for them to ensure travellers feel safe on their travels but are also continually adapting their services and process to make the travel experience easier.
As for the way that return to travel looks for the remainder of 2021, we are already seeing enquiries and bookings for countries that were removed from the U.K. red list for fully vaccinated travellers on the 7th of October including Brazil and South Africa. Additionally, countries such as the USA, Canada and Sweden, have removed many of the restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers to enter their country. Recent announcements on making testing easier, and cheaper, are also encouraging. Airlines are steadily re-introducing routes and capacity so that itineraries are easier to plan but changes to schedules and country entry restrictions are still a daily occurrence.
It is still vitally important that you and your travellers have all the advice, information, documentation and support available to them throughout the booking process and during their trip that Good Travel Management provides. As a result, we’ve had a large number of companies making the decision to outsource responsibility for their business travel requirements to GTM when previously they had tried to manage all, or some, of the process themselves.
One of those new clients is Corrosion Resistant Materials and their Director, Adam Bradley had this to say:
“They (GTM) give us some great options/rates and can change flights/hotels etc. at any given moment. Given the world we currently live in, having a team taking care of this for us gives the security to be able to book ahead without worrying about traffic lights or entry restrictions and the risk of not being able to rebook or even cancel. WE currently export to over 35 countries at Corrosion Resistant Materials Ltd so I am sure we will be keeping GTM busy in the months and years ahead”
We have also created several resources to assist with travelling, or managing travel, as we start to return to travel, and they can be found within our Travel Restart Hub.