VANCOUVER, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Global travel agency Flight Centre is pleased to announce it has acquired GoVoluntouring, an online Canadian pioneer in the voluntourism sector.
The collaboration takes advantage of Flight Centre's bricks and mortar
retail selling strength and air expertise combined with
GoVoluntouring's existing platform of world recognized volunteer and
For Flight Centre, the investment into GoVoluntouring reinforces the
company's industry leading commitment to social and environmental
stewardship, and was a logical next step.
Together, the two companies have begun developing an integrated site
that will improve the user interface while embedding greater tools of
connectivity, as well as steps towards increasing accessibility, and
"With an increased demand for volunteer-based travel worldwide, we see a
responsibility to proactively contribute to this emerging sector," says
Flight Centre Canada President Greg Dixon. "GoVoluntouring has worked
extremely hard in developing a valuable resource that is currently
being used by thousands of people worldwide."
"As a social enterprise, our objective was to transform one million
travellers into one million volunteers," says GoVoluntouring Founder &
CEO Aaron Smith. "The sheer breadth of distribution will make Flight
Centre's GoVoluntouring a massive change agent. I'm excited for the
future of voluntourism, and thrilled to be a part of Flight Centre's
commitment to growing this sector responsibly." Smith will remain as
Business Leader, based out of Flight Centre's Vancouver office.
GoVoluntouring is a leading online community for volunteers, overseas
teachers, and learners' abroad. Its unique search filters allow users
to perform detailed and customizable searches from a huge database of
projects and programmes in over 60 countries around the world. www.govoluntouring.com
About Flight Centre
Flight Centre (Canada) is a leading retailer of travel products and
services for the leisure and corporate markets. Flight Centre's
presence in Canada includes more than 180 shops & businesses and over
1,000 staff across the country. www.flightcentre.ca
SOURCE Flight Centre Canada
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