Hanover, 12 September 2016

TUI Group announces closing of Hotelbeds Group sale

  • Disposal of bedbank to Cinven Capital Management and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board completed for total cash consideration of 1.19 billion euros
  • Transformation of TUI Group initiated by CEO Fritz Joussen continues apace
  • Proceeds will be used to invest in expansion of growth segments hotels and cruises and further strengthen balance sheet

TUI Group consistently continues its transformation to an integrated tourism group with main focus on hotel and cruise businesses initiated by CEO Fritz Joussen. The world’s number one tourism group today confirmed the completion of the disposal of Hotelbeds Group, announced in April 2016, for a total cash consideration of 1.19 billion euros to the British investor Cinven Capital Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. All regulatory approvals required have been granted by the relevant authorities. This marks the completion of the transaction. The Group also announced a further expansion of its hotel portfolio with a new TUI Blue Hotel in Croatia.

Fritz Joussen, CEO TUI Group: “With the successful completion of the disposal, we are consistently continuing our strategy. TUI covers the whole tourism value chain, however, our investments focus on our own products that differentiate us from our competition. These are primarily hotel and cruise businesses. We will use the proceeds to continue our growth roadmap for our hotel and cruise portfolio and further strengthen our balance sheet.” Following the merger between TUI AG and TUI Travel PLC in December 2014, Joussen had launched a clear strategy focussed on delivering the Group’s alignment as an integrated tourism group and expansion of the Group’s own hotel and cruise portfolio.

TUI will provide a strategy update, including details regarding the reinvestment of proceeds from the disposal, at the presentation of its results for financial year 2015/16 on 8 December 2016.