Destinations & Sustainability

Change of Name to Key ABTA Department

ABTA’s Destination Strategy and Services Department has changed its name to Destinations and Sustainability to reflect the work that the department does in the area and the importance of sustainability to the travel industry today.

Headed up by Nikki White, the department looks after the FTO (Federation of Tour Operators) sub and expert groups and handles destination services, crisis management, sustainability, and health and safety across all of ABTA’s membership.

Nikki White, ABTA Head of Destinations and Sustainability said: “Sustainability is fundamental to our industry’s future, and our work in this area is at the heart of what we all do at ABTA. Our department is driving through the next stages of Tourism 2023, manages the Travelife Sustainability System – and the Sustainability Committee, (formerly known as the Responsible Tourism Committee) is reviewing how ABTA companies can meaningfully measure sustainability and their improvements in this field.”

4 March 2010

For further information contact:
Sean Tipton, Senior Press Officer, tel: 020 3117 0513, Frances Tuke, Public Relations Manager, tel: 020 3117 0514, Mobile 07850 712325, Casia Zajac, Head of Communications, tel: 020 3117 0515, Mobile: 0754 592 7411
Out of Hours: Contact the Duty Press Officer via pager: 07659 190987

Notes to Editors
ABTA – The Travel Association was founded in 1950 and currently has 1,351 members with 5,700 outlets. Members include travel agents, tour operators and support services right across the spectrum from small family-owned businesses to the largest tour operators.

ABTA is the largest travel association in the UK and its members provide 90% of the foreign package holidays in the UK as well as selling millions of independent travel arrangements.
In 2008 ABTA merged with the Federation of Tour Operators [FTO], thereby cementing its role as the leading travel association and increasing benefits for both ABTA and FTO members. Both the ABTA brand which is highly recognised by consumers and the FTO brand which is well known in destinations will be retained.

As part of its comprehensive package of services to members, ABTA, as a non-party political organisation works to represent the interests of its Members to government and key opinion formers in the UK and EU.



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