Please note that ‘real time’ ESTA approvals will no longer be available for those travelling to the USA. This means that customers who arrive at the airport without an ESTA to enter the USA will NOT be able to obtain one before they board and therefore will be unable to travel. If this applies to you or if you have any questions, please get in touch with your Travel Manager immediately.
FCM take home the trophy as World’s leading TMC 2018
For eight years in a row FCM Travel Solutions has been named the World’s Leading Travel Management Company at the World Travel Awards.
Air New Zealand increases flights to Tauranga
Air New Zealand is set to increase capacity into and out of Tauranga during the Northern Summer by 13% weekly, with extra flights to operate between the city and both Auckland and Wellington due to high demand. The airline will operate a...
The busiest travel dates of the year
With the holiday period coming closer, so are the busiest travel days of the year. In 2017, there was an average of 37,500 passengers using the international terminal on each of the 10 busiest days. December and January are typically the busiest months and this year. According to the New Zealand Herald, Saturday 22 December and Sunday 6 January are pinpointed to be the two busiest travel days with more than 43,000 travellers expected through the international terminal on each day. The eight other days that are expected to be the busiest are December 20, 21, 23 and 26 and January 3, 4, 5 and 13, with more than 40,000 travellers expected to be travelling through the same terminal. Regional airports are also meeting this demand. Tauranga Airport is set to open their new regional lounge in December 2018. Read more about how they are increasing their capacity
Flight Centre Travel Group New Zealand is participating in Movember this year to raise awareness about some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide. The aim of Movember is to get ...
Welcome to AI-powered business travel
Smarter, easier and efficient.Welcome to the new world of AI-powered business travel. Travel technologies have leapt forward with artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionising the way companies book travel. At the recent Illuminate conference hosted by Flight Centre Travel Group, Serko CEO Darrin Grafton demonstrated how AI is bringing unprecedented smarts, ease and efficiency to the world of business travel. A travel technology innovator and self-confessed road warrior, Darrin has spearheaded Serko’s collaboration with Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) to develop ‘Savi’, the new online booking platform powered by t...
Taking medication into the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has always had extremely strict drug laws and maintains a zero tolerance policy for the sale and recreational use of drugs. In recent days it has been reported that the UAE government has begun enforcing stricter guidelines on the drugs that visitors can bring into the nation. These new restrictions in fact only apply to certain controlled drugs. For further information on this, please refer to the Official UAE Government website. As this is quite complex, we do recommend that you take this information and the list of restricted medications to your doctor for clarification.
Papua New Guinea temporarily suspends Visa on Arrival
Important update if you are travelling to Papua New Guinea between 30 October to 30 November 2018. Papua New Guinea will temporarily suspend its visa on arrival program for the month of November due to the upcoming APEC (Asia-Pacific E...
How to save on business travel this summer: your early booking guide
Time flies when you’re having fun and once again it’s time to start booking for 2019. The Summer season, along with warm weather, brings a flurry of tourists and activity. Naturally, this is reflected in the price and availability of flights and accommodation. The best way to ensure you skip the disappointment and save dollars this summer is to book in advance. “Booking in advance is especially encouraged as we come close to the peak summer season in New Zealand. Not only will you save a significant amount in fares you'll also make sure you don't miss out on your preferred timing or seating options. Airline ticket sa...