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Flight Centre Opens for Business in Dawson Street

Flight Centre Opens for Business in Dawson Street

Flight Centre certainly knows how to throw a launch party as was evidenced by the tremendous trade turn out at its first foray into the Irish market. Every supplier worth their salt was present as the new agency officially opened its doors.
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Niamh O'Shea and Matt Tarrant from Flight Centre at the launch event.

Niamh O’Shea and Matt Tarrant from Flight Centre at the launch event

The Flight Centre Travel Group, which is headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, has a global turnover of A$17.6 billion and employs 19,000 staff in more than 2,500 shops in 12 countries, including 86 shops in Britain.

There were 14 Flight Centre staff in attendance, some of whom had flown in from the UK to celebrate the occasion.

The airlines were there in force with Karen Maloney,Beatrice Cosgrove and Valerie Murphy from Etihad with Jenny Rafter from Aer Lingus and Anita Thomas from Emirates.

Airlines were there in force with Karen Maloney, Beatrice Cosgrove and Valerie Murphy from Etihad Airways, with Jenny Rafter, Aer Lingus, and Anita Thomas, Emirates

John Appleby, General Manager Ireland for Flight Centre, told ITTN that he was delighted with the welcome that Flight Centre had received from the Irish trade and, in particular, the good will that he had experienced. He went on to say that they plan to open more offices in Ireland “but we first need to hone the Dublin customer experience and increase our understanding of Irish consumers, who are usually well informed and prepared to pay for a quality service.”

Dee Gleeson,Spin and Alison Zacher from Flight Centre at the opening.

Dee Gleeson, Spin, and Alison Zacher, Flight Centre, at the opening

Apart from the food and drinks, the guests were able to avail of the opportunity of a relaxing massage.

Guests were able to avail of a relaxing massage.

Guests were able to avail of a relaxing massage

Charlie McNally and Sarah Dempsy both with Flight Centre at the launch.

Charlie McNally and Sarah Dempsy, both with Flight Centre

The new office has been renovated into a state-of-the-art customer-friendly travel booking centre and the staff look highly professional in their well-tailored uniforms.

The Spin promotions team of Kelsey Connolly and Fionnula Moran were busy at the event.

The Spin promotions team of Kelsey Connolly and Fionnula Moran were busy at the event

Flight Centre offers flights and holidays to a wide range of destinations including Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.

Alan Sparling,SAS and Holly Best,Virgin Atlantic were at the Flight Centre event.

Alan Sparling, SAS, and Holly Best,Virgin Atlantic, were at the Flight Centre event

They are certainly here for the long haul, in every meaning of the phrase.1-Picture 2

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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