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Eurostar Confirms Start of Amsterdam Services.

Eurostar has confirmed the start of services between London St Pancras station and Amsterdam Centraal on 4th April 2018.

Trains departing from St Pancras will take 3 hours 41 minutes, with a morning service departing at 0831 and an early evening service at 1731. However, on the return service passengers will have to take a Thalys train from Amsterdam Centraal to Brussels-Midi/Zuid, in order to go through security, before taking a Eurostar service back to St Pancras.

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The Business Travel Show 2018

The Business Travel Show is the biggest event in Europe for business travel professionals, taking place at Olympia London on 21-22 February 2018. Over 7,500 visitors and 260 suppliers are expected to attend, including all of the world’s major airlines and hotel brands, ground transfer companies, serviced apartment providers and, of course, us – Global Travel Management!

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LOT Polish Airlines – flying the new Boeing 737 MAX-8!

LOT Polish Airlines today welcomed the latest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 737 MAX-8, which landed this morning at London Heathrow Airport.

Aircraft SPLVA is the first of 6 MAX-8’s on order and will initially operate the London-Warsaw route twice per day with the B737 NG operating the third flight.

Offering greater capacity and enhanced comfort the cabin interior has been styled on our long haul 787 Dreamliner product, with larger overhead lockers improving the on board experience.

LOT is the only airline to offer a 3-cabin service between London and Warsaw with 20 flights a week. Operating the first and last flights to and from both destinations LOT is the best at offering wider choice to both corporate and leisure travellers.

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Lounge Pass – Vancouver.

Lounge Pass, a company offering access to various airline lounges worldwide, has now added the Skyteam lounge at Vancouver International (YVR) airport to its programme.

So, if you’re due to fly from YVR anytime soon, you can now purchase access to the Skyteam lounge from just £22 per person. The Skyteam lounge is open 24 hours a day and is located on departure level 3; please note, however, that this lounge is not accessible to passengers on Canadian domestic or US Trans-border flights.

Please call us to book!

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Plaza Premium Opens Heathrow T5 Lounge.

Plaza Premium Lounge, an airport services company headquartered in Hong Kong, has opened a new lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5.

The new lounge, which is located on Level 2 of the departures area next to gate A7, will be welcome news for those flying economy, or without the required tier status to access BA’s lounges in T5.

The new lounge has a location overlooking the runway, and is open to all travellers for payment of a fee starting from £40 for two hours. The 465m2 lounge is Plaza Premium’s sixth at Heathrow, and offers hot and cold food, a fully serviced bar, high speed Wi-fi, shower facilities and newspapers and magazines. The opening hours are 05:00 – 22:00 daily.

Plaza Premium also intends to open a, 83-bedroom Aerotel hotel in Terminal 3 next year. The group manages over 150 lounges worldwide in 37 locations.

Cut the cost of booking on British Airways

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Global Travel Management can reduce the cost to your business of booking flights with British Airways.

Since 1997, GTM has enjoyed a strong relationship with the United Kingdom’s flag carrier, British Airways. This has meant that we are able to provide the full range of fares across the airline’s extensive global network.  And, combined with our range of tools and technologies, we have always worked hard to ensure clients benefit from the best-priced fare on every trip.

Since the start of November, IAG (British Airways’ parent company) has made some changes to the way its fares are made available.  This has resulted in additional charges being applied by British Airways when its fares are booked.  This can add as much as £16 or more to a return fare, per passenger.

But, as our excellent relationship with British Airways enters its third decade, we are happy to announce that we can book these fares without these additional charges.

Paul Baker, Sales Director of GTM explained, “every time we make a booking for a client, we work hard to ensure that not only is the itinerary perfectly matched to the client’s travel requirements, but that the best possible fare is chosen for the trip.  And we work equally hard to ensure the cost is kept as low as possible.  We can consider many different means of booking flights and can pick the one best suited to your purposes.  This now includes the technology to book British Airways flights without incurring these additional fees”.

“While some travel management companies may simply add the additional fees to their charges, we are able to book all British Airways flights without incurring these otherwise standard costs”.

So, when you book your next flight on British Airways, through GTM, we can ensure that these additional charges are not applied.

If you would like further information on these fees, please contact your GTM Account Manager.

GTM boss receives Outstanding Achievement Award

Global Travel Management Managing Director Scott Pawley, on receiving the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award from Advantage Travel Partnership, the UKs largest independent travel agent consortium, called on the travel industry to pull together.

 

GTM is one of the UKs leading business Travel Management Companies and Scott, acknowledging the accolade from industry peers, says:”I take pride in making sure our sector is strong,” he says. “The pressures on the travel industry are these days affecting the everyday lives of so many people. So we have to accept that as businesses, my own company included, we are only as strong as the market we are a part of.”

 

Scott, Managing Director of GTM, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, has led many of the initiatives through his leading role in Focus Partnership a network of 69 UK TMCs, affiliated to Advantage. This has included the Focus Fare Finder Tool, invented by Scott, and which has achieved over £1million of air savings for the group’s member year on year.

 

“At GTM we have been able to take a leading role in helping to ensure that, investing time and energy in supporting Advantage Focus members,” he explains. “That’s why I gave the Focus Fare Finder Tool to the partnership for free, enabling all our members to benefit financially and make the industry more secure.”

 

Advantage Travel Partnership whose members collectively produce over £4.5bn of travel sales each year, brought together 240 delegates at the Grange City Hotel, London, on 6 October for the awards ceremony at its second annual Big Celebration Lunch.

 

“Scott Pawley is a business leader who is passionate about his business and the industry” says Julia Lo Bue-Said, Managing Director, Advantage Travel Partnership. “He is a champion for Global Travel’s customers and staff.  A worthy winner.”

 

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The Globe Trotter – GTMS own real ale

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Global Travel Management are delighted to celebrate our 20th anniversary with our very own real ale, Globe Trotter, made by our friends and award-winning brewers, Thurstons.

“Globe Trotter was brewed with travel in mind”, says GTM’s managing director, Scott Pawley. “I have travelled the world and had a beer in every country that allows it; from the wheat beers in Germany to the dark ales of Algeria”, he continues.  “We wanted a beer that says, ‘welcome home and have a pint for a job well done'”.  We hope you will agree that Thurstons have captured that taste in Globe Trotter.

Please let us know if you would like to try this golden beer with a rounded bitterness, caramel and spice on the palate and a hoppy aroma.  And let us know where we can send you next!
 

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GTMs 20th anniversary competition – Terms & Conditions

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We are currently running two promotions to celebrate GTM’s 20th anniversary. These promotions are our opportunity to share some of the exclusive beer we have commissioned. One promotion is available on our Facebook page (facebook.com/GTMOL) and one is available on our Twitter account (twitter.com/GlobalTravelMgnt).

Here are the terms and conditions.

1.       The promotions are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.

2.       You understand that you are providing your information to us as the owner of our Facebook page and not to Facebook or to Twitter.

3.       To enter the promotion on Facebook, you simply “like” our Facebook page.

4.       You may also share the promotion post on Facebook, “like” the promotion post, comment on the promotion post or tag other people in comments on the promotion post – however, doing any of these things does not constitute entry into the promotion, nor are any of these things required.

5.       To enter the promotion on Twitter, you simply follow our Twitter account and retweet the promotion tweet.

6.       We will choose one person (“the winner of the promotion on Facebook”) who has liked our Facebook page to receive six bottles of Globe Trotter beer.

7.       If the winner of the promotion on Facebook has also tagged someone in a comment on the promotion post, that person may also receive three bottles of Globe Trotter beer.

8.       If the winner of the promotion on Facebook has tagged more than one person, we may choose one person to receive three bottles of Globe Trotter.

9.       We will choose one person (“the winner of the promotion on Twitter”) who has retweeted the promotion post and who follows our Twitter account to receive six bottles of Globe Trotter beer.

10.   Entrants must be aged 18 years or older.

11.   Our decision as to the winner of the promotion on Facebook and the winner of the promotion on Twitter is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

 

 

South Africa: Workers of South African Airways threaten to strike this weekend, talks continue

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South African Airways (SAA) said late on Tuesday afternoon that it has been served with a notice of intention to start industrial action by a labour union. The industrial action is a consequence of a wage increase disagreement. SAA’s maintenance subsidiary, SAA Technical (SAAT), received a notice of the intention to embark on industrial action at the weekend from one labour union following the tabling of a wage increase proposal by SAAT.

Parties have held several other meetings since the notice was served and are expected to meet again on Wednesday morning, according to SAA. SAA said that once it received the notification, it began to review and update its contingency measures to ensure business continuity and to minimize the impact of strike action on its operations.

The airline will issue a follow-up communication on Wednesday morning after the meeting with the unions advising whether the strike is in fact taking place or the extent to which the strike has affected its operations if at all.