TUI ends Citigate era with new brief

TUI UK has awarded its public affairs account to Political Intelligence after a competitive pitch, ending a 20-year relationship with Citigate Public Affairs.

The hire comes as Europe’s biggest holiday firm steps up lobbying on consumer protection, the environment and disability issues.

On the consumer protection front, TUI is part of the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (ATOL) scheme, which compensates travellers if a supplier company goes bust.

TUI wants individual airlines to be tied into compensation schemes, arguing that the rise in independent travel means there should be a level playing field with package holiday firms.

Environmentally, TUI is pressing the Government and the European Union to provide details of the aviation industry’s inclusion by 2008 in the carbon trading emissions scheme.

And on the disability side, TUI is lobbying for the cost of accomodating disabled people at airports to be absorbed into airport handling charges, rather than imposed on airlines.

TUI director of industry affairs and the environment Colin Sharples said: ‘We felt the time was right to review the account.’

Political Intelligence scooped the business after a six-way pitch that included the incumbent agency.

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