FCTG Launches Initiatives For Independent

Flight Centre Travel Group’s (FCTG) Independent Division has launched its inaugural Global Incentive trip — “Independent Icons” – designed specifically for its top 50 independent travel advisors from around the world.

The event follows in the footsteps of FCTG’s Global Gathering event that attracts the top 10% of all Flight Centre staff globally.

FCTG’s Independent division includes Independent by Flight Centre in Canada and Independent by Liberty in the US. The group currently has over 1,700 independent travel agencies across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, and South Africa.

As independent advisors are not employees of FCTG, this burgeoning faction of the business has decided to create an exclusive event to celebrate their achievements in a different way.

The top 10 advisors from each country will be invited to bring a guest and join a small group of key suppliers and global leaders for a truly special reward trip.

In true FCTG style, the Independent Division have partnered with Uniworld to completely take over the S.S. Beatrice, sailing along the Danube River from Budapest to Vienna. From Nov. 1 to Nov. 5, 2023,

The ship will be 100% FCTG Independent-filled and brimming with exciting excursions, local entertainment, beautiful meals, and the opportunity for top performers to connect with their peers from around the world.

As for how, agents have reacted to the new initiative, check out the video:

Along with the launch of its first global incentive trip, the Independent Division in Canada, and the US — comprising over 700 advisors across both Independent by Flight Centre and Independent by Liberty Travel — has also just announced its annual conference in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Coined A New Independent Era, the event will be hosted by Majestic Resorts in May 2023.

Danielle Galloway, Global Managing Director, FCTG Independent and Premium Divisions, observed: “We are so excited to partner with Uniworld to host our inaugural Independent Icons global reward trip. We want to reward our incredible network of independent agents with something truly unique, designed just for them.”

Galloway continued: “This luxurious experience will give our top performing independent agents the opportunity to connect with a selection of key suppliers as well as other likeminded travel entrepreneurs. We are building a strong, global independent network and the reach of our community empowers our agents to expand their own professional networks and continue to thrive as independent business owners.”

Anita Emilio, Vice President & GM Independent & Luxury brands, Canada, said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and celebrate in person with our advisors and top achievers from across the globe. Our advisors, like us, know that connection and strong relationships are key components to scaling their businesses. By working with outstanding suppliers such as Uniworld and Majestic Resorts, they can achieve their growth goals.”

Uniworld CEO, Ellen Bettridge said: “We are delighted to honour the Independent Icons and celebrate their achievements with this incredible, all-inclusive incentive cruise. The destination-inspired S.S. Beatrice was an obvious choice for hosting the very first Independent Icons trip—allowing us to treat FCTG Independent’s top achievers to 5-star dining, immersive shore excursions and the outstanding service they deserve.”

Paula Miller, Director of Sales and Marketing, Majestic Resorts, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the New Era of Independent conference at the Majestic Colonial in Punta Cana in May of 2023! Flight Centre Travel Group is like family to our Majestic Resorts team. The relationships we have with many of these agents has grown over the years and helped us establish our brand in both Canada and the US, trusting us daily with their clients – for that we are forever thankful! We welcome getting to know the new advisors and catching up with old friends, showing them the Majestic way of Life.”

PHOTOS courtesy of Uniworld