Committed to sustainability
Exceptional travel experiences are based on an intact environment and a stable socio-economic system. Accordingly, the Hotelplan Group is committed to a holistic sustainability strategy. This includes ecological, social and economic aspects, which are underpinned by the concept of "One Planet, People & Places and Responsible Business" with initiatives and projects at Group and company level.
Motivated, committed and passionate employees are the foundation of the Hotelplan Group. The Hotelplan Group has therefore set itself ambitious goals and underlines these with, among other things, training opportunities in the area of sustainability and binding measures to promote diversity, equality and inclusion.
The Hotelplan Group operates almost 200 locations and offices across Europe. As part of the "Green Office" initiative, the Hotelplan Group implements various measures to operate the locations as sustainably as possible. In addition to binding measures in the areas of energy, water and recycling, the companies of the Hotelplan Group implement further location-dependent initiatives such as e-charging stations.
Slowing down climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. For this reason, the Hotelplan Group signed the "Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism" of the UN World Tourism Organisation which was launched as part of Cop-26. The Hotelplan Group is thus committed to halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to achieving net zero by 2050 at the latest. By joining the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), the Hotelplan Group commits to making its contribution to the Paris Climate Agreement. In addition, the Hotelplan Group has committed to being a climate-neutral company from 2022 by offsetting the direct greenhouse gas emissions that have not yet been reduced.
Transparency regarding the climate impact of a trip is a key element in informing and advising customers. The Hotelplan Group is therefore actively involved in the Futouris industry project on climate protection (see Our Partners) for more transparency and uniform calculation and presentation of CO2 emissions. Explore, the soft adventure specialist of Hotelplan UK, is the first brand of the Hotelplan Group to show the CO2 footprint of the entire trip. This helps customers to include emissions as an additional decision-making factor when booking a trip.
The climate crisis has resulted in the loss of biodiversity and habitats. The impending collapse of biodiversity therefore requires immediate action. The individual business units of the Hotelplan Group are committed to projects for the protection of biodiversity. The Interhome Group, for example, is committed to the preservation of bee populations. With the help of local partner Beesark, 100,000 m2 of flowering meadows are being planted for bees in the Klagenfurt region of Austria and left entirely to nature.
People & Places
The Hotelplan Group is constantly working to offer its customers sustainable alternatives. This includes the further development of products, adapted to the customer expectations of the various source markets. For example, since spring 2022, customers have been able to book train package holidays conveniently and easily with Migros Ferien. In addition, customers are actively informed about ways in which individual holiday stays can be made more sustainable.
Since February 2022, the Hotelplan Group has been a member of Futouris e.V., the sustainability initiative of the tourism industry. Together with partners in the industry, the Hotelplan Group is working, among other things, for greater transparency with regard to the climate impact of travel. Other industry projects, as well as Hotelplan Group-specific sustainability projects, are implemented in cooperation with Futouris.
Thanks to the cooperation with EcoSki, customers can rent their entire ski equipment, including clothing, instead of buying it.
Finass Reisen, a business travel provider belonging to the Hotelplan Group, is strengthening its commitment to sustainability. In cooperation with the airline SWISS, customers will have the opportunity to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from 1 June 2022 and thus make their journey CO2-neutral.
The Hotelplan Group works with strong partners for CO2 offsetting. At Hotelplan Suisse and Interhome Group, the CO2 offsets flow into the M Climate Fund, which is operated by myclimate in close cooperation with Migros, the shareholder of the Hotelplan Group. The financial resources generated in this way are used to promote climate protection in the Migros value chains at home and abroad. The other companies of the Hotelplan Group also work together with partners who are oriented towards the Gold Standard, for example atmosfair (vtours) and ClimateCare (Hotelplan UK).
In the financial year 2020/2021, customers of the Hotelplan Group travelled to 191 countries. This obliges the travel group to continuously analyse its own offers in order to identify and further develop place-based, local and/or nature-related developments at an early stage. The participation of the local population is of central importance.