Flight Centre acquires Maya Events

Flight Centre Travel Group has acquired Hong Kong-based event management and production company Maya Events.

The Australian travel company added the events company to its Greater China operation to boost its presence in the business events and incentives sector.

Maya Events was established in 2005 by Mireya Garcia and expanded in 2011 when Yamilette M.Cano joined the company.

David Fraser, Flight Centre Travel Group managing director for Greater China, says the acquisition will add scale to the company’s cievents’ Hong Kong-based events management operation.

“Maya Events is a highly successful business with an established client base and strong expertise in production and creative areas,” says Fraser. “It will be a great fit with our existing cievents’ business in Hong Kong, which has historically outsourced some of these functions. 

"Now we will offer a full suite of services in-house to prospective clients and existing customers in the rapidly expanding MICE sector.”

Maya Events specialises in conferences, exhibitions, galas, charity functions, parties, private functions and product launches and has customers spanning the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors. The company handles event management and coordination, decoration and production, creative services and content production, AV and special effects, entertainment and other support.

Natalie Simmons, cievents global general manager, says: “Maya gives cievents a stronger presence in an important market and also a platform for further growth in Asia.  

“As a full-service agency for the corporate market providing specialised services in logistics and creative services, the Maya acquisition is an important step in our growth strategy ensuring we are delivering on our client-value proposition in all markets in which we operate.

“The Maya acquisition complements all of our current offerings enabling us to instantly provide added value to our already existing strong and growing customer base,” says Simmons.

The business now has offices in Australia, the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and Hong Kong. A Singapore office is set to open in April 2016.

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