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Flight Centre Travel Group completes acquisition of US business Casto Travel

Retail travel outlet Flight Centre Travel Group has announced it has completed its acquisition of US corporate travel business Casto Travel.

Flight Centre agreed to acquire the Silicon Valley-based business’ US operations in December 2018.

Casto Travel has offices in San Jose, San Francisco and Tiburon, and currently generates roughly $165 million in total transaction value annually.

Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner said the Casto acquisition represented a small but strategically important addition to the company.

“Casto strengthens our overall US operation, which includes the highly successful and rapidly growing corporate travel business, along with our on and offline leisure businesses and wholesaler GOGO,” he said.

“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.

“Our corporate travel presence now extends to more than 20 US cities and there are significant future opportunities, given our strong growth trajectory and the size of the market, which is estimated to be worth more than US$300 billion per year.”

Turner said Casto also has solid future growth prospects as part of the FCM Travel Solutions network business.

“FCM’s global reach, proven marketing expertise and full corporate product suite will enhance Casto’s strengths and significantly increase opportunities to win larger pieces of business in the west, which is the USA’s second-largest corporate travel market,” he said.