TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism business, has launched its new sustainability strategy, ‘Better Holidays, Better World’. The ambitious 2020 strategy is built around three core pillars to help shape the future of sustainable tourism and continue to lead the tourism industry.
‘Better Holidays, Better World’ builds on the strong sustainability legacy of both TUI AG and TUI Travel PLC before their merger in late 2014. It demonstrates a step change in approach, with commitments to influence, innovate and invest in more sustainable tourism.
1. Step lightly
TUI aims to operate Europe’s most carbon efficient airlines and reduce the carbon intensity of its operations by 10% by 2020.
TUI is committed to reducing the environmental impacts of holidays. TUI’s airlines are the most carbon efficient in Europe, having reduced carbon emissions per passenger km by 10% over the last six years. TUI’s recent ecoDemonstrator partnership with Boeing tested innovative environmental technologies and its cruise ships are operating with cutting edge environmental technologies.
2. Make a difference
TUI aims to deliver 10m greener and fairer holidays per year by 2020, enabling more local people to share in the benefits of tourism.
The group believes that sustainability is a key factor in enhancing the holiday experience for its customers, and wants to create positive change for both people and their communities. ‘Greener and fairer’ holidays are defined as those that include a hotel with a credible sustainability certification recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
3. Lead the way
TUI will invest €10m per year by 2020 to enhance the positive impacts of tourism, creating the TUI Care Foundation to support this work.
TUI aims to innovate, invest in youth, tourism skills and education, and collaborate with destinations to pioneer sustainable tourism across the world. TUI’s recent ground-breaking project with PwC and the Travel Foundation to measure the economic, tax, environmental and social impacts of tourism is an example of this work.
The group has been recognised over the years by experts such as CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good.
About TUI Group
TUI Group is the world’s number one tourism business operating in around 180 destinations worldwide.
TUI offers its 30m customers comprehensive services from a single source. It covers the entire touristic value chain under one roof. This comprises leading tour operator brands and 1,800 travel agencies in Europe, six airlines with more than 130 medium and long-haul aircraft, more than 300 Group-owned hotels and resorts and 13 cruise liners.
The company is domiciled in Germany. The TUI Group’s share is listed in the FTSE 100 index, the leading index of the London Stock Exchange and in the German MDax. In the 2013/14 financial year the TUI Group recorded turnover of €18.7bn and an operating result of €869m. The Group employs around 77,000 people in 130 countries. www.tuigroup.com.