June 22, 2021

News in brief: FCM, United and more

FCM has joined with South Pole to launch a global carbon offsetting programme. The partnership will allow FCM to support multinational clients in setting up a net zero solution and will also see the TMC offset all staff travel worldwide once pandemic restrictions are lifted and backdated to 2019.

United has become the first U.S. airline to sign a commercial agreement with Boom Supersonic. It will purchase 15 of Boom’s ‘Overture’ airliners, once the aircraft meets its safety, operating and sustainability requirements, with an option for an additional 35. Overture is due to roll out in 2025, fly in 2026 and is expected to carry passengers by 2029. Once operational, it is set to be the first large commercial aircraft to be net-zero carbon from day one, optimised to run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel.

MeetingPackage has become the official provider of instantly bookable meeting and event spaces for all HotelPlanner customers. “This partnership is a big milestone for us as we push forward in our mission to become the first channel manager solution for meetings and event spaces,” said Joonas Ahola, Founder and CEO of MeetingPackage.

The BTA has appointed Christina Lawford, Founder and Managing Director at DiamondAir International, as Chair of its Industry Partner Board. She will work to raise awareness of the significant role business travel plays in the UK economy and ensure the ongoing success of the association’s business objectives and overall commercial plan following the pandemic.

Green Tourism, the sustainable certification programme, has launched Green Meetings Standard, an accreditation for hotels, conference centres, and other venues for meetings and events to measure their sustainability performance. Independent assessors will examine criteria, which are aligned to the United Nations Sustainability Goals, ranging from energy, water, and waste through to catering, procurement, and travel, as well as awareness, communication, and community involvement.

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