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Flight Centre adds Sydney-based Travel Partners

August 7, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) is adding Travel Partners, a Sydney-based business with a sales force of home-based or mobile travel agents, to its distribution network.

The agreement, which Flight Centre says is subject to some conditions, comes just days after Flight Centre announced a similar deal to acquire New Zealand’s Travel Managers Group, which is not connected with TravelManagers Australia. See: Flight Centre buys big names in NZ – but no Aussie link

Flight Centre’s strategic aim is to develop its leisure network across six key channels globally, namely: online; 24/7 contact centres; community shops; larger-footprint flagship stores in prime shopping centres and CBD locations; home-based or mobile agency models; and expos and events.

Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner said Flight Centre looked forward to working with the Travel Partners team to help grow the business and to expand in this home-based sector, “which is growing rapidly globally”. Travel Partners founder Jeff Hakim will continue to run the business.

Meanwhile, Flight Centre has strengthened its North American presence by agreeing to acquire leading Quebec City-based travel company Les Voyages Laurier du Vallon (LDV) in Canada.

The acquisition will significantly strengthen Flight Centre’s presence in Quebec, which is Canada’s second largest province and a market where Flight Centre was previously under-represented, partly as a result of challenges posed by complying with local guidelines relating to use of the French language.

Turner said the acquisition would fast track the company’s growth in another key global location.

Written by Peter Needham

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