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03 Sep 2015

BY Edward Robertson


Flight Centre launches UK celebrity business travel arm

UK staff at the Flight Centre Travel Group have got stars in their eyes with launch of a new business travel service.


The Stage and Screen Travel Services brand was established in 1995 and operates in Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada where it provides travel services for clients in creative industries, music, television and film production, fashion, touring and sports.


Now it is launching in the UK and Ireland where is will focus on servicing entertainment and sports clients before launching the product into Europe.


Services on offer will include full end to end travel management, from pre-trip planning and itineraries to bookings and assistance with visas and insurance; group travel and tours; excess baggage management; coach and aircraft charters; limousine transfers and VIP travel management.


Aisha Battersby

Stage and Screen UK general manager Aisha Battersby said: “Being part of the Flight Centre Travel Group sets us apart from other UK niche travel management companies.


“It enables us to leverage the group’s global purchasing power and negotiate air and hotel rates that are exclusive to the entertainment and sports sectors and available only through Stage and Screen.


“We offer transport and accommodation options that are best suited to the distinctive needs of clients in this market such as VIPs and celebrities, bands, film and production cast and crews, and sports teams.


“We also offer experience in managing touring productions and bands.


“To complement these services and streamline their management, our customers have access to best-in-market travel technologies including online booking tools, apps, and travel reporting tools.”


She added her own background in the performing arts as well as her time at Flight Centre’s specialist SME business travel division Corporate Traveller UK has left her well versed in the demands of the modern celebrity on the move.


Battersby said: “Our people are not only experienced corporate travel managers, but offer previous or personal experience as performers, musicians, production specialists and the like.


“Our background in both the corporate travel and creative industries ensures our service is genuinely in touch with our clients’ needs.


“We understand how individuals and groups in these industries like to travel, what they appreciate in their hotel stays, how they move from point to point on the ground, and their preference for a service that is personalised and discrete.”

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