Flight Centre Travel Group to acquire Casto Travel’s U.S. Operations

The parent company of Corporate Traveller, Flight Centre Travel Group (Canada) Inc (FCTG), is acquiring the U.S. Operations of Casto Travel Inc. (CTI) to continue to strengthen presence in North America.

FCTG has entered into a Unit Purchase Agreement with the business based in Silicon Valley, which is expected to close in February 2019.

Graham Turner, the global director of FCTG, indicated that the new business is a significant addition to our increasingly diverse global network. “Casto strengthens our overall U.S. operation, which includes the highly successful and rapidly growing corporate travel business, along with our on and offline leisure businesses and wholesaler GOGO.”

CTI was established in 1974 and is one of the leading independent travel management companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The organization employs 85 people and generates total transaction volume of $120 million. It serves largely corporate travel, complemented with a premium leisure offer from its three offices in San Jose, San Francisco and Tiburon.

Turner added: “This will give us greater scale in Silicon Valley and in the large West Coast market, where we previously had a relatively small corporate travel presence, while also complementing our larger operations on the East Coast and in other key locations.”

Dean Smith, President of the Flight Centre Travel Group for the Americas, said acquiring CTI represents a significant piece of FCTG's future growth and strategic direction in the USA. “This acquisition provides us a tremendous opportunity to increase our presence in the West as well as leverage CTI’s local expertise and reputation for excellent service in one of the largest corporate travel markets in the world.”

Both Marc Casto and Maryles Casto will remain with the company in executive roles post-acquisition.

“Casto’s focus on pairing industry-leading travel technology with a continual commitment to excellence in service has created a history of success in Silicon Valley.  We are excited to partner with Flight Centre Travel Group and extend their best-in-class global platform in this highly dynamic marketplace,” said Marc Casto, President and CEO of Casto Travel.

Source: Travelweek.ca (http://www.travelweek.ca/news/flight-centre-to-acquire-casto-travels-u-s-operations/) 

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