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FLIGHT CENTRE TV SHOW CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF

Jul 3, 2017

A new television travel show produced by Flight Centre has been cleared for take-off.

The show is to be featured on Network Ten from August, THE 48 HOUR DESTINATION will take viewers to the hottest locations in the world, backed by the expert advice of the people of the leading global travel retailer.

General Manager of Customer Experience for Flight Centre Travel Group, Darren Wright, said the program would consist of 13, half-hour episodes highlighting the knowledge and passion for travel through the eyes of the company’s consultants.

THE 48 HOUR DESTINATION is a thirteen part travel series featuring Greer Gardiner, a Flight Centre travel consultant who is going to experience the best destinations around the world,’’ Mr Wright said.

“But here’s the catch, she's only given herself 48 hours to experience everything she can. With the help of a local Flight Centre consultant she'll be in good hands to have an experience of a lifetime,’’ he said.

Mr Wright said the television series was a first for the Flight Centre group.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have secured distribution on Network Ten free to air and streaming networks and will hopefully expand into new territories such as the New Zealand, UK, Canada and South Africa in the future

 “It is a very exciting opportunity to showcase the most exciting destinations in the world in a fun and engaging format, with our knowledgeable team sharing valuable insights,’’ he said.

The show has been created and produced internally by Head of Creative Luke Wheatley and will feature destinations that the Flight Centre Group operates in including Queenstown, New York, Cape Town, Vancouver, Auckland, Japan, Darwin, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Dubai, Phuket, London and San Francisco

THE 48 HOUR DESTINATION will start in Australia on August 27.

ENDS

Media enquiries to Kellie Carty - kellie_carty@flightcentre.com 

FLIGHT CENTRE TRAVEL GROUP STRENGTHENS DIGITAL PRESENCE

Jul 22, 2016

THE Flight Centre Travel Group (ASX: FLT) has underlined its commitment to expanding its digital presence by creating a new global leadership position to oversee future growth.

The company, which last year added Boston-based StudentUniverse and BYOjet.com to its stable of online brands, has promoted Atle Skalleberg to the newly created role of chief digital officer (CDO).  

Mr Skalleberg, 34, was previously StudentUniverse's managing director and has played a key role in the business's success as it has become one of the world’s leading travel booking services for the student and youth sector.

As CDO, he will play a central role in setting FLT's strategies and improving the group's digital commerce capabilities - including its online presence, user experiences and booking services - to help the company become the global leader in blending offline and online travel services and meet the demands of tech-savvy leisure travellers.

In his new role, Mr Skalleberg will work with teams in Boston and Brisbane to provide e-commerce, mobile development, online marketing and business intelligence services to FLT’s leisure brands globally.

He will continue to be based in Boston, which will provide FLT with access to top talent, a world-class high tech community and StudentUniverse’s technical teams.

“Having a global digital leader will help us develop and execute on a clear digital commerce strategy, build a world class team and drive the digital transformation that will propel online and mobile services as part of our blended travel strategy,” FLT managing director Graham Turner said.

“The StudentUniverse acquisition became a catalyst for digital change management and Atle’s competencies make him the right leader for the teams that will continue our digital transformation.

"Our enhanced digital capability, together with our previously signaled investments in customer relationship management and mid office systems, will see us perfectly positioned to be the global leader in providing seamlessly blended offline and online shopping experiences that allow customers to transact or interact with us when and how they want.”

Mr Skalleberg will continue to work closely with StudentUniverse's executive team to manage and grow the business globally and will continue to report to Dean Smith, FLT's president in the Americas.

In addition to acquiring StudentUniverse and BYOjet.com during the 2015/16 fiscal year, FLT has developed a start-up virtual travel agency business, Aunt Betty.

Aunt Betty will be officially launched next month (August) and will target the online holiday package market.

Overall, FLT expects to generate in the order of $1billion in TTV from its new and established leisure travel websites during the 2016/17 fiscal year.

About Flight Centre Travel Group (ASX: FLT)

FLT is one of the world’s largest travel agency groups. Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, the company has more than 30 brands in its portfolio, some 3,000 businesses worldwide and employs more than 19,000 people.

After starting as a leisure travel agency, the company is now also one of the world's largest corporate travel managers through a network of specialist brands that includes FCm, Corporate Traveller, cievents, Campus Travel, 4th Dimension and Stage & Screen.

ENDS: Media & investor enquiries to Haydn Long +61 418 750454, haydn_long@flightcentre.com

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