The FTI Group takes another key step in commitment to sustainability: no less than five incoming agencies are putting their sustainability programmes to the test. In May 2022 a pilot project with Meeting Point Morocco made the start.
MUNICH – Within its sustainability agenda launched in summer 2022, the FTI Group continues to move forward with a decisive step. After the successful certification of all operating MP Hotels with Travelife for Accomodation, the incoming agencies of Meeting Point International are now to follow.
"It is our declared goal to establish a holistic sustainability programme throughout the Group. Now we are also leading the way for more socially responsible and greener tourism with our worldwide incoming agencies", says FTI Group CEO Ralph Schiller. Since the end of November 2022, the agencies in Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Greece and Cyprus have also started the certification process. The Destination Management Companies, in short DMCs, undergo extensive documentation and optimisation processes. In addition, employees are provided with valuable information and guidelines via workshops, trainings and best practice examples in order to further deepen and continuously develop sustainability standards. The cooperation between Meeting Point International and Travelife was already decided in May 2022, as the subsidiary Meeting Point Morocco started the Travelife programme as a pilot. As a frontrunner, the North African DMC shared its knowledge with the five new aspirants ever since. "The unified goal of our industry must be to make socially and environmentally responsible travel the standard”, FTI CEO DMCs Mario Habig elaborates and adds: “The aspiration of our agencies is to be able to offer socially, economically and ecologically sustainable services to our customers worldwide to ensure a new quantum leap in our high-quality product portfolio."
An important component in the sustainability strategy of the FTI Group
As one of the leading institutions for efficient sustainability guidelines in the tourism industry, a commitment to Travelife stands for a dedication to particularly high standards regarding social responsibility and the environment. When starting as "Travelife Engaged", destination agencies go through an extensive documentation process to become Partner, which is awarded after a thorough review of over 100 criteria via a desk audit. This includes how DMCs minimise environmental impacts, compliance with animal welfare guidelines and fair treatment of employees.
The gradual commitment of the incoming agencies to sustainability programmes is part of the FTI Group's new sustainability strategy. With this approach, the company complies with its social responsibility and takes the climate and environmental goals of the European Union as well into account as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The individual levels extend to all company areas and include both the respective offers and services as well as the personal working environment of the FTI Group employees and customer communication.
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