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TUI UK bolsters sustainability stance

A focus on sustainability for the First Choice and Thomson brands has been pledged by parent company TUI UK.

First Choice Holidays' former CSR department, headed by Jane Ashton, will take on a group remit.

While continuing to support TUI UK on sustainability, it will drive and report on group sustainable development strategy and targets.

A dedicated sustainable product manager Sean Owens has been appointed to drive sustainability improvement and innovation across TUI UK's overseas product.

Owens was most recently general manager for Aeolian Village in Lesvos, Greece, and is studying an MSc in responsible tourism management at the International Centre for Responsible Tourism.

His responsibilities include working with hoteliers and suppliers overseas, to maximise sustainability awareness and ensure incorporation of best practice into their operations.

He will also use the Travelife Sustainability System to guide suppliers in their environmental and people management.

Properties which meet certain sustainability criteria will be given a Travelife award, allowing consumers to make more informed decisions when booking their holidays.

Ana Holden-Peters, sustainability communications executive, has joined the company to work with marketing, retail, brochure publishing, internal communications and training to support colleague and customer communications about TUI UK's sustainable development initiatives. She joined from an integrated marketing company, prior to which she gained an MSc in management at University of Bath with a focus on corporate social responsibility.

Fuel manager Patrick Haller will have an expanded remit to work with colleagues across the in-house airline to implement TUI UK Airline's 2008 environmental improvement targets.

Property director Linda Addy will take responsibility for implementing 2008 environmental improvement targets at head office premises, Thomson Retail and First Choice Retail.

by Phil Davies


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