FLIGHT Centre’s corporate travel business is continuing to see a strong recovery in sales, with the division’s CEO Chris Galanty telling an investor conference this week that large customers were reinstating their travel programs as concerns over COVID-19 abated.
Galanty claimed FCTG’s market share in the corporate sector was growing organically, with 12 of FCM Travel’s biggest 20 accounts having been won during the pandemic and clients with annual spends of about $4.5 billion secured in the last two years.
He highlighted Flight Centre’s global diversification, with corporate business in the Americas and EMEA likely to overtake Australia and NZ in the coming months due to recent major account wins.
He also said the situation in Russia/Ukraine was on the radar, but at this stage had not had any noticeable impact on Flight Centre’s leisure or corporate sector recovery.
Galanty said over the next 18 months FCTG planned to roll out more new tech into its corporate businesses from its recent TP Connects investment, boost productivity through automation, and “leverage new market dynamics” with new airline and hotel retailing opportunities.
MEANWHILE the company’s SME corporate division, Corporate Traveller is, like much of the rest of the industry, ramping up recruitment efforts to service rising demand.
The business says it is offering a new wage model along with a significant investment in technology, seeking to fill travel manager and sales roles with people who “consider themselves as go-getters, are well versed in travel and ready to solidify their career in the industry”.
Corporate Traveller said it had signed 421 new clients over the last 12 months – FCTGcareers.com.