Flight Centre marks opening with wine, travel tips ... and a fake captain

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 May, 2012, 12:00am

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In celebration of the soft opening of Flight Centre's new office in Happy Valley, travellers were invited to come down to have their dream vacations planned by one of the centre's travel agents.

Flight Centre, the international travel agency, has offices all over the world but has recently begun to push into Asia with an office in Mid-Levels and now a second storefront in Happy Valley. Flight Centre is trying to distinguish itself from rivals by catering to the expat market.

The free-flowing wine and exotic travel talk proved a heady if dangerous combination for some as listeners struggled to resist the urge to reach for their wallet.

Aside from travel tips, guests got some insider information about their famous pilot spokesperson - first off, not a real pilot.

According to David Fraser, general manager for Greater China, 'The first captain we had was a real captain ... He started to get a bit cocky and asking for a little bit too much ... so pretty quickly we told him to go jump.' A good lesson for all captains going into advertising.

Flight Centre is hosting a drawing for a free beach vacation, so stop by and drop your name into the faux-captain's box.