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FCm ADDS KAZAKHSTAN TO ITS GLOBAL NETWORK

December 20, 2012

FCm Travel Solutions' ambitious growth plans continue with the global travel management company (TMC) having recently sealed a new agreement with a leading local travel agency in Kazakhstan.

FCm has partnered with RBT-Kazakhstan a progressive travel agency that offers both corporate and retail travel services.

The company is headquartered in Ust-Kamenogorsk and has two business travel centres, including one in Ust-Kamenogorsk and another in Aktau. RBT-Kazakhstan is also in the process of setting up a new office in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, which is expected to be operational early in the New Year.

The agency offers companies dedicated corporate travel and account management teams as well as a retail team that operates out of their Ust-Kamenogorsk office.

The agency specialises in travel management for firms in the oil and gas sectors with teams highly experienced in group travel bookings for staff rosters, supplier contract negotiations and 24/7 travel services.

General Manager of FCm's network in Europe, Franziskus Bumm said the new partner agreement in Kazakhstan would further strengthen FCm's travel management industry specialisation.

"There are more than 200 oil and gas fields in Kazakhstan and a reported $7 billion worth of foreign investment in the country's oil reserves in the Caspian Sea," Franziskus said. "It's crucial FCm has on-the-ground local teams in this region to service both local companies and multinational firms looking to capitalise on the natural resources industry. Kazakhstan's market is growing quickly, which is why the demand for corporate travel services is also rising,"

Franziskus said the Kazakhstan partnership is one of a few partner agreements FCm recently had signed off on, which signalled the TMC was on track with projected growth targets.

"With teams now located in places like Angola and Kazakhstan, FCm is increasingly penetrating some of the more unique markets, which are being recognised for their broad commercial appeal," he said.

General Manager of RBT-Kazakhstan Vladimir Suvorin said the agency welcomed being part of FCm's global network, which would provide world-wide capabilities for their travel teams.

"With so many companies in the resources sector having multinational operations, it's critical we can offer them global travel management services including multinational reporting capabilities, data management, online booking technology, traveller solutions and of course 24/7 global travel support," Vladimir said.

"FCm is key to our future expansion plans and we're confident the many business management synergies between our companies provide a stable platform for future growth and success."