First Choice updates all suppliers to subscribe to Travelife by 2011
Tuesday 6, July 2010
A first for the mainstream travel industry, First Choice’s parent company TUI UK & Ireland has announced that it has informed all of its suppliers that by May 2011, they will be expected to have purchased a subscription to the Travelife Sustainability System.
This move comes as an addition to TUI UK & Ireland’s Sustainable Development Contract Addendum introduced in 2009. It aims to raise awareness of sustainable tourism and help hoteliers reduce their impact on the environment.
Garry Wilson, Director of Purchasing for TUI UK & Ireland said, “We are working towards having all of our suppliers Travelife-awarded within five years and have 50% of our customers staying in Travelife-awarded hotels by next summer. This updated contract addendum will help us in achieving these two goals. As one of the UK’s leading tour operators, we are committed to setting the benchmark for the industry and are always looking to build on the steps already taken to reduce the impact of our operations, and those of our suppliers on the environment. Together with our suppliers, we can make all areas of our operations more sustainable.”
These two pledges are part of the 20 commitments First Choice and sister company Thomson outlined this week as part of their Holidays Forever brand. Another commitment is to make it easier for customers to select a greener holiday. First Choice launched a Greener Holidays brochure in April 2009 incorporating all Travelife properties in its programme. Thomson will replicate this and will be launching a similar dedicated online brochure in September.
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