FCM broadens its footprint in the Middle East

FCM Travel Solutions, the corporate travel division of the Flight Centre Travel Group, has announced new partnerships with GoFly in Algeria and Travel Club Travel & Tourism in Kuwait, raising the number of countries, in FCM’s Middle East & Africa network, from 20 to 22 countries.

Both organisations offer a strong pedigree for handling business and corporate travel clients. GoFly provides full travel management services such as flight, hotel and car hire booking options, account management, online booking technology, traveller safety consultation, VIP executive services as well as leisure travel products.

The partnership agreement with Travel Club Travel & Tourism, general sales agent for Indian OTA Makemytrip.com and partners with VisitBritain (aka the British Tourist Authority) – should prove particularly fruitful, with its range of corporate, MICE and leisure products and more than a decade of experience in the business travel and hospitality sector.

Newly promoted Ciarán Kelly (above), managing director for UAE at the Flight Centre Travel Group said: “I am extremely delighted to welcome Kuwait and Algeria to FCM’s network in the MEA region. Their addition to our region allows FCM to service new clients we have won in these countries and to extend our services to current clients looking for a local service in these growing key markets for us.”

Commenting on his new role, in light of the agreements, Kelly added: “I am also pleased to announce that, having worked closely alongside the current Flight Centre team for the last six years, I am assuming the role of Flight Centre’s MD in the UAE. However, I will still be responsible for FCM’s network in the MEA region ensuring continuity and growth in this key market for FCM.

I am looking forward to forging closer links with our fellow MEA FCM colleagues, suppliers and clients both regionally and globally to ensure we continue to be recognised as a leading player in the travel management arena in the region.”

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