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FCNZ consolidates independents

Flight Centre New Zealand has announced that it will be consolidating the leadership and some support of its independent brands, including Travel Managers Group (TMG), and Flight Centre and Travel Associates brokers.

In a communication to brokers yesterday, David Coombes, managing director - New Zealand, Flight Centre said one of the changes will be the creation of a GM Independent Models role. This person will be responsible for protecting and growing revenues via the independent models, identifying and delivering on synergies and efficiencies, whilst maintaining the sovereignty of individual brands.

'They will also take responsibility for global alignment as New Zealand's representative on the independent models global 'mini group'. This responsibility provides the opportunity to influence the global leisure community and importantly, add FCNZ's voice and experience to strategic discussions about the growth of the independent models.'

Coombes says that the current TMG general manager, Cath McLeod, was offered the new role in recognition of her expertise in the independent space and the job she has done over a number of years.

'Cath has made the decision to not accept the role, and whilst that is not our preferred outcome, we respect her decision, wish her all the best and thank her for her commitment to TMG. We will be advertising this role immediately.'