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 March 06, 2014
Flight Centre Corporate Partners With Shangri-La and Denihan To Enhance Hotel Offering

 Flight Centre's Corporate Global Product division (FCGP) has partnered with two leading hotel companies, Shangri-La Group and Denihan Hospitality Group, to further expand the offering of its 2014 Global Hotel Program to corporate clients.

The new partnerships give Flight Centre's corporate brands -- including FCm Travel Solutions and Corporate Traveller -- the ability to give clients a greater selection of high-quality accommodation, particularly across Asia and the US.

FCGP -- Corporate global product leader, Andrew Gallard, said Shangri-La and Denihan offered a perfect blend of major chain hotels and boutique properties to further diversify and complement the Global Hotel Program.

"Partnering with Shangri-La expands our offering of 5 Star accommodations throughout Australia, Asia and other areas including the UK and Middle East," he said.

"This iconic brand encompasses the luxurious Shangri-La Hotels, Shangri-La Resorts, the business-oriented Traders Hotels, and the boutique-style Kerry Hotels, giving our corporate clients a diverse and high-quality choice to meet their specific travel needs -- whether they want functionality, attentive service, or a place to stay with their families at the end of their business trip.

"The hotel industry is abuzz with Shangri-La's upcoming opening of the 72-storey The Shard -- London's first high-rise hotel -- and we're excited to be able to offer this property to our clients."

Mr Gallard said the new partnership with Denihan gave the Flight Centre corporate brands greater reach across the US, predominantly on the east coast, in the 4.5 to 5 Star market.

Denihan encompasses the boutique-style Affinia Hotels, The Benjamin executive style properties, The James residentially styled luxury hotels, and The Surrey properties which fuse classic 5 Star amenities with artistic style.

"Partnering with Denihan allows our corporate travel managers to provide the ideal accommodation for travellers who appreciate progressive and artistic style, a stronger sense of community, and more of a one-of-a-kind experience than that offered by the traditional hotel chain," Mr Gallard said.

"This brand has a lot of appeal for travellers such as the 'young jetsetters' - the upwardly mobile entrepreneurs and junior/middle managers who work hard while on the road but also love to explore new cities and adopt anything new.

"We are thrilled to welcome Denihan and Shangri-La into our Global Hotel Program, which we are expanding in response to growing client demand and the changing dynamics among corporate travellers.

"Our aim is to give corporates access to a hotel program that provides the choice, quality and service style they need, as this ultimately makes the accommodation experience more comfortable and productive for their travellers," he said.

Flight Centre Group Product - Corporate

FCGP - Corporate is part of the worldwide Flight Centre Travel Group and provides specialist product expertise and service to the group's corporate brands across more than 80 countries. FCGP -- Corporate delivers innovative hotel and car hire procurement services that add value and enhance travel savings for our corporate clients worldwide.