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TUI Travel's big day

By Alasdair Roxburgh | 3 February 2011

Today is holiday firm TUI Travel PLC’s annual general meeting. And seeing as we are working with TUI on our FTSE Four campaign, we tried to think of a way of celebrating the day and letting them know we are thinking of them.

Some Twitter or Facebook shenanigans, maybe. A daft stunt outside their head office. But time and real work got the better of us.

Jamaican beachAnd then the penny dropped. It’s TUI’s big day. Let it make 3 February its own!

It’s not like there’s much competition: on this day in history, nothing much good has happened. After a (not particularly extensive) trawl of the internet most of what I found that has ever taken place on 3 February has been a bit of a downer.

In 1919, the first meeting of the League of Nations was held (zzzz), while 40 years later Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash (booo!).

The best we could find was Pope John Paul II meeting Mother Teresa to feed the poor in 1986. Which was obviously brilliant, but it was the kind of thing they did every day.

However, a big multinational coming out and raising the standard for an end to the kind of financial secrecy that’s keeping millions in poverty? That would be a day worth remembering.

And it’s worth repeating: TUI is big, one of the biggest travel and tourism operators in the UK. You might not have heard of them, but it is the parent company of Thomson Holidays and First Choice, who we know you’ve heard of.

Every year TUI serves more than 30 million of us, generating an annual turnover of £13.9 billion.

And better still – and this is where it gets interesting - they are also leaders in corporate social responsibility having won the 2009 World Responsible Tourism award.

So, come on, TUI. Use your AGM to get behind our campaign for tax justice, and make history this 3 February! No pressure.

Take action!

Act now!Write to TUI, Vodafone, Unilever and IHG, and urge them to help people in poor countries trace the tax.

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Alasdair Roxburgh

Alasdair Roxburgh is our churches campaigns manager

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