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Revolution in holiday flying

Story posted on 03 Nov 2014 in Content, Technology, Innovation, Mainstream, Product development, Growth & Scale

Thomson Airways recently unveiled its five year vision to change the face of holiday flying through new state-of-the-art aircraft, more long-haul destinations and innovative on-board concepts. Family booths, couples seating, kids’ clubs and bespoke inflight entertainment technology will feature as part of the vision for an upgraded fleet, which will include two further Dreamliners and 47 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The new aircraft will be delivered by 2020 and will give Thomson Airways one of the youngest and most state-of-the-art fleets in the UK. Watch the video about Thomson’s vision here.

4th in FTSE 100 for carbon reporting

Story posted on 02 Oct 2014 in Sustainability

TUI Travel has been ranked fourth in the Carbon Clear report, an annual index of FTSE 100 companies, and for the second year running we are the only travel company to feature in the top 20. Carbon Clear assesses best practice carbon reporting processes, strategy and performance and we ranked highly thanks to our carbon management programme and clearly defined targets. Our initiatives include updating our aircraft fleet, reducing emissions in unique hotels and offering lower carbon products and services. We’re also investing in renewable energy, developing a new sustainability data system and helping shape the industry around climate change issues. Read more.

1m children become Eco-travellers

Story posted on 19 Aug 2014 in Mainstream, Sustainability

One million UK schoolchildren have taken part in TUI UK & Ireland’s Eco-traveller initiative since it was launched four years ago. Eco-traveller teaches school children aged 7-12 about sustainable travel and offers free educational resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and quiz games. Activities encourage children to think about ecosystems and different cultures as well as how to spot problems that could be caused by climate change in communities around the world. Over 4,500 teachers have registered for the scheme, with over 380,000 children participating so far this year alone. Visit the Eco-traveller website or view the film.

Crystal raises £64,000 for DSUK

Story posted on 01 Aug 2014 in Specialist & Activity, Sustainability

Crystal Ski Holidays employees raised £64,000 for Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK), over the 2013/14 winter season, beating the amount raised the previous season by £9,000. Crystal is passionate about working with DSUK, which is the UK's leading charity providing access to adaptive skiing and snowboarding for people with disabilities. More than £170,000 has been raised for the charity since 2009 through fundraising events and customer donations, and over 40 Crystal managers have given a week of their time to travel to resorts and help DSUK give disabled skiers and boarders the chance to experience a winter sports holiday. Find out more about Crystal and DSUK.

Holiday stores scoop top digital award

Story posted on 16 Jun 2014 in Brands & Distribution, Technology, Innovation, Mainstream

Thomson has won the Digital Store of the Year award at the prestigious BT Retail Week Technology Awards, fending off industry competition from M&S, Argos and House of Fraser. Thomson’s new Holiday Design Stores were praised for innovative use of in-store digital technology to enhance the experience of finding and booking the perfect holiday.  Showcasing the latest in digital retail innovations, each store has an 84”touch screen interactive map and interactive table designed to inspire and entertain customers as they research their holidays. High definition screens and projections around the store feature changing holiday images and video content. Find out more here.

Jamaica takes centre stage

Story posted on 02 May 2014 in Content, Mainstream, Product development, Growth & Scale

Chief Executive Peter Long visited Jamaica recently to celebrate the opening of our new Sensatori resort and meet with Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller to discuss tourism growth. Thomson now operates more flights to Jamaica than any other European airline and capacity for UK and Nordic markets is expected to increase, driven by growth in demand for unique holidays. 90% of our UK and Nordic customers travelling to Jamaica this year will stay in a resort available only through us, such as the new Sensatori resort. Our new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft operates to Jamaica and the Thomson Dream cruise liner will be stationed in Montego Bay. Watch launch video.

Green ideas take off

Story posted on 02 Apr 2014 in People, Innovation, Mainstream, Sustainability

Our Green Ideas Factory competition winners Dieter Bruneel and Dimitri Panneels saw their ideas come to life as Jetairfly introduced electric cars for ground staff at Brussels Airport. With zero CO2 emissions, the cars offer energy savings of 70% and reduction in maintenance of 30% and the project will be monitored to evaluate whether we can roll it out across TUI Travel. Green Ideas Factory saw 120 sustainability concepts submitted from colleagues across 18 countries with nearly 1,500 people voting for their favourite ideas. 10 finalists went on to develop their concept with the help of mentors from our business and Forum for the Future. Find out more.

Reducing our environmental impact

Story posted on 18 Mar 2014 in Mainstream, Sustainability

Aiming to lead the industry in its commitment to the environment, TUI Nordic is the first tour operator in the Nordic region to achieve ISO 14001 certification.  This builds on existing success with TUIfly Nordic, which in 2009 was the first charter airline in the world to achieve the standard, and Blue Village hotels around the Mediterranean, certified in 2011.  ISO 14001 is a strict environmental management system and certified businesses are required to reduce environmental impacts year-on-year. Not only does it benefit the environment, it has also been linked to quality improvements with certified hotels generally having higher customer satisfaction levels. Find out more

TUI Travel is most valuable travel brand

Story posted on 18 Feb 2014 in Brands & Distribution, Growth & Scale

Leading brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance has named TUI Travel the most valuable brand in the travel and tourism sector in its annual Global 500 league table. The league table features the biggest brands in the world and this is the second year in a row we’ve featured as sector leader, climbing 22 places in the overall global list. Our brand is valued at $3.960 billion, up from $3.162 billion in 2013. As well as brand value, each of the 500 brands has a brand rating which indicates strength, risk and potential relative to its competitors, similar to a credit rating. TUI Travel’s overall brand rating is A+. Find out more.

Exodus celebrates 40 years

Story posted on 05 Feb 2014 in Content, Specialist & Activity

Exodus began forty years ago with the idea to take a group of fellow like-minded travellers on an adventure. It has since grown into one of the UK's leading adventure travel companies, keeping the same ideals that marked it out as special at its inception. In its forty years, Exodus has ventured across 90 countries, taken more than 20,000 people to the Everest region and accompanied them on a Kilimanjaro Climb. It has watched 40 million wildebeest cross the Mara River, enjoyed 14,000 sunsets while touring the Inca Trail and drunk 40 million cups of chai. Explore Exodus' interactive list of top 40 trips on Pinterest.