What does FTO do?
An explanation of the services that the Federation of Tour Operators provide
The following is a list of activities we do fulfil:
- Bring about change and improvement in all areas affecting overseas holidays, from the UK departure point, through the journey, to the accommodation and standards of safety, health and hygiene overseas.
- The point of contact for government (UK, EU and destinations) on all UK outbound tour operating related issues.
- Co-ordinate members' activities, and therefore the activity of the UK outbound travel industry in key areas of operational delivery – crisis handling, health and safety, sustainable tourism, operational issues, and establishing best practice standards.
- Co-operation and co-ordination with other trade associations and interested parties to support the delivery of the short term and long term requirements of FTO's membership.
- Lobby to ensure that the tax burden on holidaymakers is as low as possible.
- Promotes the professional and positive image of the industry and the FTO membership in the UK and to overseas destination countries.
- Provides public relations support, including acting as a spokesman for members where appropriate on issues affecting more than one member.
- Currently acts as a regulator of financial protection on behalf of its membership in relation to their non ATOL business.
- Represents its members at meetings of the International Federation of Tour Operators (IFTO), the European trade association for tour operators. and provides secretariat facilities for IFTO.
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