‘To become the world’s most exciting and profitable travel retailer, personally delivering amazing experiences to our people, our customers and our partners’.
‘To open up the world for those who want to see’.
At the very core of our operations is a passion and drive to share the love of travel and to open up the world for those who want to see.
Our journey began in the early 1970s when Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner and his friend Geoff ‘Spy’ Lomas created Top Deck from very basic building blocks – a sense of adventure, an eye on a growing business opportunity, and one double decker bus they called ‘Argus’.
The number of buses kept on increasing and by the early 80’s Skroo returned to Australia as the Top Deck Travel director. At the same time, the airlines were deregulating and he saw the Australian travel market as “ripe for the picking”.
The first Flight Centre shop opened in Sydney in 1982 and the business rocketed in the mid 1990s, with Flight Centre listing on the Australian Securities Exchange in December 1995.
The float saw Flight Centre become the first travel agency group to list on the ASX. This bold move was hugely successful and saw the company’s share price close at $1.23 after the first day of trading.
By this stage, the cornerstones of the company’s future success were in place; a successful business model, ten core philosophies, and Flight Centre’s iconic branding have helped shape a global travel group that today is worth over $20 billion.
In addition to the flagship Flight Centre brand, FCTG’s other travel brands include:
- Student Flights
- Travel Associates
- Liberty Travel
- Infinity Holidays
- GOGO Vacations
- FCm Travel Solutions
- Corporate Traveller
- Stage and Screen