News in brief from FCm and CiEvents, Inntel, Travelport GDS and TBA
Take over of FCm's groups division
Conference and incentive specialist CiEvents has taken over FCm Travel Solutions' UK groups and events division.
Both the agencies are owned by Flight Centre Limited.
CiEvents was founded in Australia and New Zealand in 1986 and has grown to be a company with a turnover of £50m.
It launched in the UK in 2006 and the company said it had "grown significantly" in the UK.
FCm's UK's events division, launched 20 years ago, will now operate under the CiEvents brand.
Penny Lion, general manager of CiEvents in the UK, said: "I am delighted that FCm Travel Solutions' groups and events department has now become part of CiEvents in the UK, as we now have an extremely strong team in this market."
Inntel launches tracking tool
Hotel online booking agency Inntel has launched a new traveller tracking tool.
i-Care allows clients to keep tabs on their travellers in case of an international incident or personal emergency.
Douglas O'Neill, managing director of the agency, said: "In today's environment, duty of care to employees is taken very seriously and the risk of terrorist incidents is, inevitably, high on everyone's list of concerns.
"Being able to locate travellers quickly can help put everyone's minds at rest and hasten repatriation or any other action needed.
"That's why Inntel has developed this system: to help our clients look after their employees."
Travelport signs deals with UK's Travel by Appointment
IT company Travelport GDS has renewed its deal with UK independent travel management company Travel by Appointment (TBA) for use of its Galileo GDS.
Under the multi-year deal, the Galileo platform will be available to the travel agency's offices in London and New York.