Flight Centre Travel Group Appoints New Destination Owner for Australia and New Zealand
Flight Centre Travel Group, the world’s largest travel retail group, has appointed Leanne Broutta as its new Destination Owner for Australia and New Zealand.
Leanne joins Flight Centre from Trailfinders, where she was responsible for managing Trailfinders’ Australasia product. During her nine years in the travel industry, Leanne has worked her way from a travel consultant right up to a product.
The Group’s Destination Owners work closely with the company’s product teams as well as contacts in-destination around the world to deliver its customers truly unique and superior experiences. Flight Centre’s tailormade ranges, Journeys and Escapes, are at the heart of this and something Leanne will be keenly focused on developing.
She said: “I am thrilled to be starting at Flight Centre Travel Group and taking on a fresh challenge. I’ve travelled extensively through Australasia and am looking forward to using my broad knowledge of the destination in my new role.”
Mick Heitzinger, Product Director, said: “It’s so exciting to have Leanne joining us. As the world’s number one travel retailer to Australia, it’s vital that our destination knowledge is second to none and Leanne’s fantastic experience certainly fits the bill.”
Flight Centre Travel Group is one of the largest and most successful travel retailers and has several retail brands in the UK including Flight Centre, Round the World Experts and Student Universe. Since establishing its first store in 1995, the Flight Centre brand has grown to over 80 stores in the UK and Ireland with new outlets opening regularly. The company has 2,500 stores and over 18,000 employees globally.
The company’s success comes down to its experienced Travel Experts who are passionate about finding customers the holiday they want, for the price they want.
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About the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG)
The Flight Centre Travel Group (fctgl.com) is one of the world’s largest travel companies with over 18,000 staff and 2500 stores across its leisure, corporate and wholesale businesses. The company’s turnover in 2014/2015 financial year was £9 billion. After starting with one shop 30 years ago, FCTG has enjoyed remarkable growth and is one of the top 100 publicly listed companies on the Australian Securities Exchange.
All specialist brands under the FCTG Corporate banner offer 24/7 support and the benefits of a blended offline/online solution; global negotiation strength and unique and superior business travel products.
About Flight Centre
The team at Flight Centre are experts when it comes to travel and are committed to providing customers with a great experience. The company’s success comes down to its people, experienced Travel Experts who are passionate about finding their customers the holiday they want, for the price they want.
Since establishing the first Flight Centre store in 1995, the business has grown its team of Travel Experts to include over 80 stores within the United Kingdom, with new stores opening regularly. Worldwide, Flight Centre has an amazing 2,500 stores across the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada and more, making Flight Centre one of the largest and most successful independent travel retailers in the world. With its global reach and close relationships with the world’s best travel providers, the company is able to provide competitive travel deals.
The Flight Centre team can organise anything from flights to holidays, hotels, car hire, tours, travel insurance, visas and more. They also have dedicated First and Business Class flight teams and Business Travel teams to help with any specialised travel needs.
About Round the World Experts (RTWE)
Round the World Experts (RTWE) is the UK’s biggest Round the World travel specialist, with 100 experts in 15 teams around the country and a strong online presence. RTWE was created in 2009 in response to a growing market for complex air itineraries, including round the world flights for gap year students. Over time, a larger market emerged of career breakers and retiree travellers, looking for the trip of a lifetime.
Today, RTWE has expanded to offer rail travel, accommodation, cruises and multi-destination sporting packages, although multi-destination air travel is still the backbone of the brand, utilising an extensive knowledge of international and local carriers, routes and hubs. The brand introduced a pioneering Travel Butler service, a free flight change service for RTWE customers, which recognises the fluid nature of round the world travel. RTWE Adventure Passports also provide a range of adventure tours with flexible dates and Black Market Fares to take advantage of late and limited air deals.
StudentUniverse is the world’s leading travel booking site for students and youth. Through negotiations with a network of global partners, StudentUniverse offers discounted pricing and terms on flights, hotels and tours. Its Travel Services division also handles complex itineraries, custom designed gap year experiences and group travel requests. StudentUniverse also operates Journeys are Made @ GapYear.com, the world’s largest gap year inspiration travel platform.
StudentUniverse launched in the UK in 2013 and was acquired by Flight Centre Travel Group in 2015. StudentUniverse is headquartered in Boston with offices in London, Toronto, New York and the Philippines. StudentUniverse believes that travel is essential to a modern education. Millions of students use the service every year.