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Flight Centre Travel Group To Create More Than 30 New Jobs In Ireland

Flight Centre Travel Group To Create More Than 30 New Jobs In Ireland
Nick Fitzgerald

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has today announced plans to create more than 30 new jobs to facilitate its expansion in Ireland.

The company, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, plans to expand its Dublin-centred leisure and corporate travel footprint over the next five years as part of a dedicated growth strategy in Ireland.

The expansion will take FCTG’s workforce in the country beyond 100-people and will set the company up for further longer term growth.

FCTG are looking for Trained Travel Agents, IT staff, Finance staff, Sales & Marketing and Administration staff.

The announcement comes after An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald accompanied President Michael D. Higgins on a State Visit to Australia last week. As part of the State Visit, Ireland’s largest programme of activity in support of the work of Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland in Australia was hosted. The aim of the event was to strengthen the economic, tourism, cultural and political links between both nations.

Valerie Metcalfe, Managing Director of FCM Ireland said:

“FCTG prides itself on its unique positive, egalitarian and highly ethical culture which promotes the development, wellbeing and retention of staff, sustainable and environment friendly business practices, and focused service excellence for our clients. FCTG’s globally renowned retail leisure travel brand, Flight Centre, which opened its Dublin operation in August 2016, will also see sustained growth of staff numbers and turnover more than trebling in the next five years.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland speaking from Brisbane said:

“Ireland is one of the best places in the world to do business. We know that because international surveys consistently place us in the top half dozen locations and, more importantly because the companies that have invested here have told us so. I wish Flight Centre well with their continued growth.”

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) is one of the world’s largest travel agency groups with operations in 23 countries and a corporate travel management network in 90 countries. Headquartered in Brisbane, the company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange with an annual total turnover of $AUD 20 billion (2017) and has 22,000 staff globally.

An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said:

“International travel is growing fast but also changing dramatically too, especially with the advent of the Internet. Flight Centre Travel Group are one of the world leaders in this evolving industry and I am delighted that they will create an additional 30 jobs over the next 5 years in their Irish operation. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship as they grow their business here.”

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