FTO is a brand recognised in many countries that Members operate to. Following the merger of the FTO into ABTA, the work of the FTO has become integral to the overall ABTA plan, and the FTO brand is used to continue to promote the philosophy and practices of the FTO as it was originally established:
- To bring about change and improvement in all areas affecting overseas holidays, from the UK departure point, through the journey, to the accommodation and standards of safety, health and hygiene overseas.
- To be the point of contact for destination governments on all UK outbound tour operating related issues.
- To coordinate members’ activities, and therefore the operational activity of the UK outbound travel industry, in key areas of delivery – crisis handling, health and safety, sustainable tourism, operational issues, and establishing best practice standards that are then rolled out to wider ABTA membership.
The FTO was established in 1967 and comprised the major UK tour operators. The FTO then merged with ABTA in 2008.