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Busselton Ironman


Matt and Tommy finishing the event.

In December the Busselton Ironman was held in Perth. Jude and I knew a few people participating in the event, including our son Matt, Tommy Stephens and Shannon Stacey from Active Travel.

The Ironman event was pretty good fun (for us). Matt and Tommy ended up crossing the line together in 10 hours 12 minutes which was a great time!

While we were in WA, we also visited the Margaret River and stayed at Cape Lodge at one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia.


It’s nearly Xmas!

Dec13 Santa and SkrooHopefully many of you realise it is nearly Christmas. After Christmas (which this year is on theĀ 25th December) is New Year which falls on the first January in 2014.

So what’s happening in 2014 at FCTG?

I reckon one of the biggest things for us at FCTG in 2014 will be the move from being a Travel Agent to what we call a “world class retailer of travel” (Leisure and business).

Amanda’s Machu Picchu challenge for Young Care

machuAmanda Mackay from our Property Finance team recently took on the challenge of trekking to Machu Picchu with our charity partner Youngcare.

Here Amanda shares her experience with us….

“The Machu Picchu trip with Youngcare could be described as a once in a lifetime event, that words cannot describe. 13 Young Adventures embarked on a 4 day trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu.


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The 40th Top Deck Reunion in London

Top DeckIt was 40 years ago that Top Deck departed from London to Morocco on it’s first trip with Spy, Bill and I on board. To celebrate the milestone, 13 of the original 15 Top Deck people went for lunch at Bistro Benitos our original lunchtime spot across from the Top Deck headquarters in Earls Court Rd. Benito is close to 80 years old and his son is running the show – the food has improved I reckon! The anniversary celebrations continued on Saturday with a Gala Ball and on Sunday with a recovery lunch.

By Sunday night I was over the 40 year celebrations and looking forward to the 50th

Interview with Switzer

Flight Centre shares were up around 116% during 2012-2013, so what’s the secret behind its success? For his views on the travel industry, Qantas and more, Graham Turner joins Switzer TV.