Angela Winter Director Corporate Communications, FTI GROUP
The FTI GROUP, with its numerous brands and subsidiaries, is in fourth place among all German tour operators. This includes FTI Touristik as well as the short-term organizer 5vorFlug, the rental car broker driveFTI, the online portal fly.de, the premium travel brand Gold by FTI, the hotel brand LABRANDA Hotels & Resorts, the largest German language tour operator LAL Sprachreisen, the Destination Management Company Meeting Point International and the organizer of promotional products BigXtra. The FTI Ticketshop is responsible for the sale of scheduled airline tickets, and under FTI Cruises, the FTI GROUP bundles its cruise business with the flagship MS BERLIN. Around 10,000 partner agencies throughout Germany distribute the FTI products. Under the umbrella of TVG Touristik Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH, FTI GROUP combines its franchise systems with the brands sonnenklar Reisebüro, 5vorFlug and Flugbörse. Other important distribution channels are the company's largest German TV travel retailer sonnenklar.TV and the British online B2B provider for accommodations Youtravel. In Austria, FTI Touristik has a branch in Linz. The subsidiary FTI Touristik AG based in Basel represents the tour operator in Switzerland. Since 2012, the French tour operator FTI Voyages belongs to the FTI GROUP. The service centers erf24, travianet and touristic24 are handling the numerous bookings of the FTI GROUP as well as external customers. Headquartered in Munich, the FTI GROUP employs around 6,500 people worldwide and generated sales of 2.6 billion euros in financial year 2014/15.
Sponsoring the following projects
The tourism industry is a major contributor to global warming, accounting for around 8% of all emissions. In order to substantially and measurably reduce the absolute carbon emissions of the industry and also to help customers choose more climate-friendly holidays, Futouris and its members are developing a standard for the calculation of carbon emissions from the individual components of the (tourism) value chain.
The project of FTI aims at increasing the awareness and knowledge of hotel staff on sustainable food and reducing food waste in the group's Meeting Point hotels. This will be achieved by intensive trainings and the development of individual measures in 3 pilot hotels that will be then transferred in all Meeting Point hotels.
Reducing the plastic waste generated by tourism and improving the recycling of unavoidable plastic waste on Balearic Islands – these are the goals of the industry project "Plastic-free holidays on the Balearic Islands" the Futouris members are implementing together with the Government of the Balearic Islands.
Where does the food that is offered on the buffet come from, how is it produced, is the food on my plate typical for the country? These are questions inwhich more and more travelers are interested.
Food waste measurements in the participating hotel are carried out in cooperation with United Against Waste e.V. and their waste analysis tool. Based on the findings, a set of recommendations will be developed to promote a more responsible handling of food.
The members of Futouris e.V. want to develop a more sustainable range of dishes and drinks in hotels and on cruise ships and to promote local supply chains.