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[December 11, 2012]

FCm Expands Corporate Travel Network in Africa

NEW YORK, Dec 11, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- FCm Travel Solutions has broadened its corporate travel network in Africa after signing a new partner agreement with a leading travel agency in Angola.

FCm has welcomed to its African network, the Alive brand, which is an affiliate of OnTourism Capital Investments. Alive has a presence in Angola, Portugal, Spain and Brazil.

Earlier this year FCm signed a partner agreement with Alive's operation in Portugal and now has added the company's operation in Luanda to the partnership.

As part of OnTourism Capital Investments, FCm Angola offers corporates more than 20 years experience in the travel industry. The agency's dedicated corporate travel team provides regional and multinational companies with comprehensive business travel and expense management services including reliable on-the-ground escort, transfer and security services.
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FCm Angola also specialises in managing travel for group incentive trips, conferences and sports groups.

General Manager of FCm's Middle East and Africa Network Ciarán Kelly, said FCm was pleased to be strengthening its African network with an agency that shared a similar approach to client servicing and business management.

"This new partnership is an exciting step forward for FCm in this market," Ciaran said. "Alive has many travel and management synergies with FCm and is a good fit for our global business," he said.

"The focus on African countries such as Angola, for being an emerging economy, is really starting to resonate in the corporate travel industry. We're seeing increased demand from our clients based in Europe, Asia and Australia for travel management services in countries such as Angola, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya.

"Our multinational clients are asking for local on-the-ground travel teams, market knowledge and general travel advice, which is best provided by teams that know the local market conditions. This partnership will ensure FCm can accommodate those requests for companies with commercial interests here. We're seeing a lot of interest from resource firms looking to capitalise on Angola's oil reserves." Alive CEO Pedro de Sá Barros said he was delighted to be expanding their partnership with FCm.

"This partnership will provide real benefits to our existing clients and to FCm's clients that are looking for local expertise here," Pedro said. "FCm's global network adds strength to our bargaining power with suppliers, added safety and security for our clients' travelers and above all an award winning company from which we can grow our services and capabilities to deliver more savings to our clients." FCm Travel Solutions: 1. Is one of the world's leading corporate travel and expense management consultancies 2. Blends global presence with local, flexible and personal service, and provides end-to-end corporate travel and expense management solutions 3. Has a regionally focused global network that ensures in-depth understanding of each client's local business culture and travel environment 4. Creates travel savings for companies of all sizes, in all market sectors.

www.fcm.travel For further information please contact: Judy Fitzgerald M: +1 312-218-2212 judy.fitzgerald@us.fcm.travel This information was brought to you by Cision http://www.cisionwire.com http://www.cisionwire.com/fcm-usa-inc-/r/fcm-expands-corporate-travel-network-in-africa,c9348286 The following pictures are available for download: This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, www.globenewswire.com SOURCE: FCm USA Inc.

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