Local travel business Fred. Olsen Travel has announced that, along with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, they have become ITFC’s Official Cruise & Travel Partner.
The two-year deal will see Fred. Olsen Business Travel look after the Club’s travel requirements including hotels, domestic and international flights and even the players’ medical trips.
The agreement will also give Town supporters access to great value pricing on a wide choice of holidays and cruises and the chance to win ITFC related prizes, while every trip booked by Blues fans will see Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Fred. Olsen Travel invest funds back into the Football Club.
Steve Williams, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Travel commented: “We are delighted to be involved in the partnership. As a local independent travel company celebrating over 25 years on our high streets it is important to us that we work as closely as possible within our community”.
He continued: “As the club’s official travel partner, we will be able to showcase our exceptional knowledge, experience and customer service with all of the clubs players, staff and supporters. Local businesses will also be able to benefit from our corporate travel department which deliver myriad services, cost savings and time efficiency”.
Fred. Olsen will also continue to support the development of the Academy by sponsoring the Under 10s team until the end of the 2014/15 season.
Nathan Philpot, Sales & Marketing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines commented: “We may offer cruises to all four corners of the globe from 10 ports around the UK – including Harwich – but we are local Ipswich based company and have been supporting Town for many years.
“We’re delighted to be re-investing our earnings on every cruise booking made by Town fans back into the club so hopefully supporters can go on their cruise holiday knowing they helped to develop the next young player or Mick’s next star signing.”
ITFC Partnerships Manager, Shelly Burt said: “Fred. Olsen has been involved with the club on a smaller scale for some time, but we are delighted to have agreed a long-term partnership with such an established, and more importantly, local company.
“As well as the support they will provide the Club in terms of their expertise and cost and time-saving, our supporters too will reap the benefits of offers on their own leisure travel, not to mention the vast array of cruises available.”
Supporter offers will be updated on itfc.co.uk on a regular basis and also available in the Fred. Olsen Travel branches in Ipswich, Woodbridge, Bury St. Edmunds, Felixstowe, Colchester and Norfolk.
Pictured: Mick McCarthy with (L-R) Steve Williams (MD, Fred. Olsen Travel), Nathan Philpot (Sales & Marketing Director, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines) and Jonathan Symonds (Joint MD, ITFC)