Flight Centre Independent Celebrates 10 Years

Flight Centre Independent (FCI) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month and as part of that celebration, is bringing together its agents from across the country on 13APR & 14APR for its annual Cross-Canada Meetup, which is a networking event but also an opportunity to involve agents in business decisions and planning.

“We are always evolving this business, and we don’t do that without involving our agents,” said FCI general manager Lee Zanello. “Involve to evolve; it’s a simple premise that has been working for us for 10 years now. We listen to our agents, get inspired by their vision and then implement the plans and tools needed to help make them successful.”

This year’s Meetup will feature the launch of new booking tools, new marketing and social media initiatives, and a new fee model that gives the agents the ability to customize and better control their program expenses.  The weekend will also feature the inaugural Independent Partner Appreciation Awards where supplier partners chosen by FCI agents will be recognized for their work.

The weekend will also be notable for celebrating the January launch of a sister brand in the U.S., Independent by Liberty Travel. “Independent by Liberty Travel has exceeded all of our initial expectations in the first few months,” said Cameron McLeod, Flight Centre’s vice president for independent agent brands in North America.  “There is a fantastic camaraderie between our Canadian and U.S. businesses with Canada guiding the way with their 10 years of experience and the U.S. able to contribute heavily with strong supplier relations and technology and systems innovations.”

Flight Centre Independent is Flight Centre’s host-agency solution for independent contractors and has agents in nearly every province and territory across Canada.  Part of the larger Flight Centre Leisure business, the Independent brand affords independent contractors access to the same support and infrastructure that supports Flight Centre’s retail locations nationwide.

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