FCM Meetings & Events Announces Global Expansion

FCM Meetings & Events (FCM M&E), the flagship division of the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), has announced a global expansion of the business that will see industry expert Simone Seiler moving into the role of global general manager to bring all the global M&E businesses into one. Seiler is a seasoned travel industry executive with over two decades of experience, bringing her global perspective and local knowledge to dozens of countries and partner networks, supporting in-market business leaders.

Events, event travel and meetings are leading the business travel bounce-back globally with a recent white paper(GBTA’s 2023 Business Travel Index) by FCM M&E revealing that MICE market size, in terms of revenue, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.6 percent from 2022 to 2030 to reach $1,563.3 billion by 2030. “It’s clear the demand for in-person connection continues to increase, with recent data showing conferences and events being one of the top two reasons for travel among both SME owners and decision-makers. The passion and engagement we’re seeing is very encouraging, and this is something that has and continues to be felt globally,” Seiler said.

“We have a talented and diverse FCM M&E leadership team in key markets across the globe who are genuinely thrilled at the opportunity to elevate our MICE offering across our prospective and existing client base.”

The announcement is a significant milestone for FCM M&E, a business that already has a strong footprint across several countries in multiple continents, and the company is committed to providing its customers with unique and memorable experiences—while staying true to the wider FCTG “glocal” philosophy. “What’s particularly exciting is just how big the MICE industry is globally, and we know we have an incredible opportunity to both grow and position ourselves as the travel management company of choice for meetings, events, and event travel,” Seiler continued.

“We’re experiencing and anticipating a steady annual growth rate of demand at 12 percent year on year for in-person meetings, which means we have some exciting opportunities coming our way."

FCM Meetings & Events is committed to growing its presence in this sector and its global footprint. Priorities include the development of innovative technology solutions and investing in extra talent with the company planning to focus on three core areas:

  • Meetings – Provide a wide range of meeting services, including venue sourcing, managed meetings, basic planning, and onsite support
  • Event Travel – Offer group travel, from flights and hotels, through to transfers and team building
  • Events – Provide full event management services including planning, strategies, execution and delivery

For more information, visit www.fcmtravel.com.

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