Flight Centre restructures global leadership

The Flight Centre Travel Group has restructured its global leadership team to focus on growth in its corporate and leisure travel business. Chris Galanty, formerly head of Flight Centre’s EMEA business, has been promoted to the role of corporate chief executive. Galanty will continue to be based in London and will be responsible for the group’s six corporate travel brands including FCM Travel Solutions and Corporate Traveller, which are together on track to deliver more than $10 billion in total transaction volume during the 2020 fiscal year. In addition, Flight Centre’s retail managing director Alison Zacher has been appointed corporate UK managing director.

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Business Wire | October 30, 2023

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Expedia TAAP Introduces 2023 Fall Sale for Travel Advisors

Expedia Group | September 11, 2023

Expedia Group has launched the TAAP Autumn Sale, offering substantial savings to meet the rising demand for fall travel in 2023. US travel advisors can provide travelers with 20% or more savings on global hotel bookings until September 24, 2023, making travel more affordable. Expedia TAAP provides access to over three million properties, 200,000 activities, 175 car rental options, and 500 airlines. For streamlined booking and support, travel advisors can utilize tools like Virtual Agent and Live Agent Chat. Expedia Group has launched the Expedia TAAP Autumn Sale, aimed at helping travel advisors meet the growing demand for fall/autumn travel in 2023 and boost bookings. This sale allows US travel advisors to provide travelers with 20% or more in savings on thousands of hotels worldwide for bookings until September 24, 2023. Travel under these offers is valid through March 31, 2023. Expedia TAAP offers travel advisors an extensive inventory featuring over three million properties, 200,000 activities, 175 car rental options, and 500 airlines. It provides access to Expedia Group tools, including a Virtual Agent for quick assistance and a Live Agent Chat for more in-depth support, streamlining the booking process and enhancing the advisor's capabilities. Travel advisors interested in the TAAP travel agent affiliate program can access comprehensive program details on how to become part of this extensive network on the official Expedia TAAP website. With the expansive range of resources available through Expedia TAAP, travel advisors can deliver exceptional service and options to their clients. Expedia Group's extensive family of brands, including Expedia, Hotels.com, Vrbo, Orbitz, and many others, ensures that travel advisors have a wide array of offerings to meet various travel needs and preferences. Robin Lawther, Vice President of Expedia TAAP, mentioned, "We are pleased to offer our advisors easy access to our travel offerings to help them drive more business.” [Source – Travel Pulse] Robin also mentioned that thousands of discounted properties are available for last-minute summer getaways, fall city trips, or early winter sun bookings. This gives travel advisors the flexibility to meet the needs of their travelers.

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