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SMEs could win $40,000 travel credit with Flight Centre business travel grant

For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) looking to expand their business through increased travel and face-to-face interaction with customers and partners, a travel grant can be a game-changer. 

And now, Flight Centre Business Travel’s Corporate Travel Grant is offering over $40,000 in travel prizes to successful applicants, making it an opportunity too good to miss. The grant is currently open for applications, with a deadline of 5 pm AEST on Friday, 31 March 2023.

According to Flight Centre Business Travel’s Global Leader Cameron Harris, as travel restrictions ease and airlines increase their capacity, business travellers are feeling more confident about travelling again. 

This has led to a preference for face-to-face meetings over virtual communication, making the Corporate Travel Grant all the more valuable to SMEs seeking to build their business relationships in person. With this grant, businesses can take advantage of the current environment to make important connections, expand their reach, and ultimately grow their business.

What’s included?

SMEs could win $40,000 travel credit with Flight Centre business travel grant

In addition to the first prize worth $30,000, which includes $20,000 travel credit with Virgin Australia, two Platinum Velocity memberships, $5,000 IHG Hotels & Resorts accommodation credit, $2,500 Hertz travel credit, $1,000 Flight Centre Business Travel voucher, and a $500 luggage voucher, there will be four runners-up.

These runners-up will receive a share of $10,000 in Virgin Australia travel credit and two Velocity Gold memberships each. The deadline for submissions is 5 pm AEST on Friday, 31 March 2023.

How to apply?

To apply for the Corporate Travel Grant, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are required to create a one to two-minute video that explains the significance of travel to their business, and how the grant prize of $30,000 would benefit them. 

Flight Centre Business Travel will then evaluate the entries and select the top five submissions. Two representatives from each finalist business will be flown to Flight Centre’s Global Head Office in Brisbane to present their pitch to the selection panel.

One of the judges on this year’s Corporate Travel Grant has provided some timely advice for those wishing to apply and try to achieve their business goals sooner. 

Tonia Wilson, Virgin Australia National Account Manager and a Corporate Travel Grant judge in 2019 and 2023, said, “As a judge on the Corporate Travel Grant panel representing Virgin Australia, I’m looking for a pitch that captures my attention from the get-go. 

“I am interested in how other businesses have achieved business success through being customer and people-focused, innovating to deliver value and customer success. I want to get to know the people behind the product. 

“My advice is to bring your passion and personality to your pitch. Tell us why your business is unique, be confident, and most of all, have fun!”

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Yajush Gupta

Yajush Gupta

Yajush is a journalist at Dynamic Business. He previously worked with Reuters as a business correspondent and holds a postgrad degree in print journalism.

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