GTMC 2007: Customers ask TMCs to help them become greener – 15 May 2007

GTMC Conference 2007

Travel management companies have been told to advise their clients against unnecessary travel and not wait to be asked about measures to cut carbon-dioxide emissions.

Hannah Bodilly, senior purchasing manager in Europe for wine company Ernst & Julio Gallo, said: “I want my TMC to help me be green, to highlight carbon emissions and how to mitigate them.”

Fellow travel buyer Arantxa Rodriguez, commercial manager for Vodafone UK, said: “I don’t see people in this industry being proactive. I want TMCs to ask, ‘Is it necessary to travel? Have you thought of video conferencing?’ Help us to be more green – don’t wait for us to ask.”

The point was echoed by Institute of Travel Management executive director Paul Tilstone who said: “People travel by default at present rather than think, ‘Do I really need to go?’ TMCs should challenge people as to whether a trip is necessary.”

Tilstone, who said the environmental cost of a journey should be presented upfront at the point of sale, also demanded that carbon-reporting by TMCs become standard and guidelines on environmental travel policies put in place.

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