Flight Centre has launched a travel start-up accelerator called Little Argas, named after a hippy trail bus once piloted by founder Graham Turner in the early days of his first company, Top Deck.
“Top Deck was an innovator in that era and today we are equally excited about the prospect of looking at and hopefully investing in some new and exciting opportunities” said Mr Turner.
“We see the travel business accelerator as an excellent way to incorporate areas of our DNA into a small number of carefully selected start-ups and create the next wave of success stories.”
He added: “We are also keen to identify and work with start-ups that can enhance our business, perhaps through new products or new tools, and help our company achieve its longer term strategic objectives.”
Led by senior FLT executive Rob Flint, Little Argas will work with established incubators such as Fishburners, Airtree and Little Tokyo Two to nurture new business ideas and fast track travel start-ups.
Little Argas was the first bus operated by Top Deck, the coach touring business that Mr Turner created in London in 1973, on its tours from London to Morocco.