Flight Centre unveils A-list speaker line-up for Illuminate 2021

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has opened registrations for its highly anticipated corporate travel event taking place on 21 October.

The company has unveiled an A-list line-up of speakers for Illuminate 2021, including Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Virgin Australia CEO and managing director Jayne Hrdlicka, who will share their insights for a post-pandemic world of corporate travel.

Hosted by FCTG’s corporate brands FCM, Corporate Traveller, Flight Centre Business Travel and Stage and Screen, Illuminate is an annual event for business leaders, travel bookers and travel decision-makers that features keynote presentations delivered by some of Australia’s top business leaders and influencers.

This year’s event will provide insights and advice for businesses on travel, including sustainable travel and future trends, as well as evolving travel programs to prepare for a post-pandemic world.

The half-day event will offer opportunities for networking, learning, and strategising among attendees.

The theme for this year’s Illuminate is ‘Time to Fly’, and the event will focus on how companies can navigate travel once domestic and international borders are lifted.

In 2021, Illuminate will return in a fully virtual format for the very first time, live-streamed via OnAir by Events Air, and will offer an “immersive and interactive” experience for attendees.

Keynote speakers Joyce and Hrdlicka will join Westpac chief economist Bill Evans, human behaviourist and co-founder of The Behaviour Report, Dan Gregory, and Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer Cate Campbell.

FCTG’s managing director for Australia, James Kavanagh, said: “We’re delighted to bring Illuminate back after a one-year hiatus. It continues to be a truly stand-out event for the corporate travel industry across the country.

“Our sterling line-up of top industry leaders and inspiring speakers will share key insights for a return to travel, including exploring the path forward for businesses, the industry post-pandemic, and the path to freedom we can all look forward to.

“I encourage all businesses that travel to attend the event to equip themselves with the knowledge and tools needed to help them to return to travel safely and effectively.

“Innovation is at the very heart of what we provide for clients and customers, and the virtual event will also showcase that.”

In other Flight Centre news, FCM has appointed Jo Lloyd as its global account management and consulting director.

The brand has also reached an integration agreement with corporate travel consulting and training firm Nina & Pinta to further strengthen FCM’s global consultancy offering and its range of services available to customers.

And on the leisure side, Flight Centre has celebrated the impending reopening of Australia’s international borders with the launch of ‘Stay & Save’, which offers customers up to $200 off overseas holiday bookings of air and land combined.