Flight Centre Travel Grouphas joined as a Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council – further cementing its commitment to environmental sustainability across its global business operations and signaling to its industry partners the necessity of lower carbon footprints.
“Flight Centre has taken a step forward towards sustainable development by joining as a member of this committed family,” says Randy Durband, GSTC CEO. “We welcome them with open arms and wish FCTG the best of luck in their efforts towards a more sustainable future.”
As one of the world’s largest travel groups, FCTG recognises its responsibility to preserve travel destinations and is committed to sustainable practices that benefit its employees, partners, customers and the planet.
FCTG’s Global Sustainability Officer, Michelle Degenhardt explains: “FCTG’s purpose is to open up the world for those who want to see, which transcends into our sustainability commitment – preserving and enriching a world worth seeing.”
Working with its suppliers and industry, FCTG aims to influence a lower carbon travel industry.
“FCTG is committed to leveraging its platforms, people, and partnerships to facilitate informed choices, helping customers reduce their impact and ensuring every action benefits its people, destinations and communities,” Ms Degenhardt said.
FCTG commits itself to working with key industry and global organisations that align with its sustainability goals. FCTG is also a contributing member of the United Nations Global Compact (an initiative created to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies and practices).
About Flight Centre Travel Group
Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) is one of the world’s largest travel groups with a travel sales network that extends throughout Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and Mexico, the UK, Ireland, Europe, South Africa, the UAE and Asia.
With headquarters in Brisbane (Australia), FCTG consists of more than 30 brands globally with businesses spanning leisure and corporate travel management, technology, education, events and more – and includes the flagship Flight Centre leisure travel brand.
Key corporate brands include Corporate Traveller and FCM. FCTG also operates the global FCM corporate travel management network, which extends to more than 90 countries through company-owned businesses and independent licensees.
After starting with one leisure travel shop in Sydney (Australia) in the early 1980s, FCTG has enjoyed remarkable ongoing growth under its founder and CEO, Graham “Skroo” Turner. FLT has been listed on the Australian Securities Exchange since 1995 and currently has a market capitalization in the order of $AU 4.36 billion. More information: https://www.fctgl.com/
About the GSTC
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council® (GSTC®) establishes and manages global sustainable standards, known as the GSTC Criteria. There are two sets: Destination Criteria for public policy-makers and destination managers, and Industry Criteria for hotels and tour operators. These are the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business or destination should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for conservation and poverty alleviation.
The GSTC Criteria form the foundation for GSTC’s assurance role for Certification Bodies that certify hotels/accommodations, tour operators, and destinations as having sustainable policies and practices in place. GSTC does not directly certify any products or services, but provides accreditation to those that do. The GSTC is an independent and neutral USA-registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that represents a diverse and global membership, including national and provincial governments, leading travel companies, hotels, tour operators, NGOs, individuals and communities – all striving to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism.