Flight Centre Under Fire In NZ For ‘Party-Hard’ Culture
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Flight Centre is being criticized in New Zealand for what a major media outlet there has called “a booze-soaked culture.” The paper also called out wall art at the company’s newly refurbished Auckland HQ that suggest women should carry condoms and be ‘Naughtywise’ ambassadors at the company’s leading global event.”
Leading New Zealand online news website Stuff.co.nz ran a major story attacking what it said was Flight Centre’s vision of a high-achieving employee, as depicted on a poster in its Auckland office – “a scantily clad woman with her skirt hitched up, one shoe missing, holding a glass of champagne and wearing a pair of devil’s horns.”
A male equivalent of the poster showed a man clutching a beer bottle.
The story said the questionable wall art was installed as part of a recent refurbishment of the company’s Auckland headquarters.
It quoted Flight Centre chief financial officer Victoria Courtney defending the murals, saying they were a “tongue in cheek” reference to the company’s “work-hard, party-hard” culture.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.