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Movers + Shakers: Courtney & Davies join FCTG Global Leisure executive team

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has revealed that two new leaders will join the executive team of its Global Leisure division today.

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has revealed that two new leaders will join the executive team of its Global Leisure division today.

Victoria (Tori) Courtney and Sonia Davies will be part of a team reporting to Global Leisure CEO James Kavanagh, which includes Andrew Stark, Joell Ogilvie, Danielle Galloway, Belinda Rafiee, Christopher Steiner and Alissa O’Connell.

Courtney, currently serving as the New Zealand Managing Director, will take on the role of Global Leisure Supply Leader. 

With nearly 20 years at FCTG, she brings extensive experience and holds various board roles within the company including Director of the Flight Centre Foundation (NZ) and Director and Vice President of the Travel Agents’ Association of New Zealand.

FCTG Global Leisure executive team
FCTG Global Leisure executive team

Davies, CEO of luxury travel group Scott Dunn, will join FCTG’s executive team while continuing her leadership role at Scott Dunn, where she has been managing the company’s global business operations in UK, USA and Singapore since 2018. 

Kavanagh praised Courtney and Davies for their continued dedication and said their appointments strengthen the company’s supply and luxury propositions.

“Tori and Sonia bring extensive experience and specialised knowledge to our executive team and will play important roles in shaping the future of our global leisure division,” he remarked.

“The incredible relationships we have with our suppliers make FCTG what it is and Tori’s new role as custodian of them elevate the partner-led approach we believe in.

A Flight Centre store in Sydney.
A Flight Centre store in Sydney.

“Sonia’s wealth of experience running one of the world’s most exceptional luxury travel brands will enhance our plays in the fast growing and highly lucrative sector. She’ll also give us a strong presence in the northern hemisphere to support our business there.

“FCTG’s workforce is over 70 per cent female, and it’s great to see this representation reflected in the make-up of our team’s senior leadership.” 

Courtney said she was “deeply passionate about all areas of supply and am excited to be working alongside such talented colleagues and suppliers to deploy strategies to deliver growth to both FCTG and our valued partners”.

“I’m looking forward to connecting with all key stakeholders over the coming weeks in identify key opportunities and implement initiatives,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Davies said, “I am looking forward to working more closely with the wider Leisure Executive team to identify opportunities for collaboration”.

“I hope to provide a strong voice and perspective for the Northern hemisphere source markets, which are some of the most important in the leisure and luxury leisure travel markets and where, as a group, we have big growth plans.”

Last month, Flight Centre unveiled its new Envoyage brand for FCTG Independent agencies. 

The group also recently reported a total transaction value (TTV) of $11.3 billion for H1 FY24 – a 15 per cent rise on the year before and its second-best start to a year ever (behind FY20) – as well as a $106 million underlying profit before tax (PBT).