Hanover, 8 March 2018

TUI is growing in Mexico

Growth in tourism and investments from TUI Group have made a significant contribution to strengthening economic relations between Germany and Mexico. Iris Gleicke, Secretary of State in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Gerardo Corona, Secretary of State for Innovation and Tourism Development at the Mexican Ministry for Tourism, Rogelio Granguillhome, Ambassador of the United Mexican States and the tourism ministers of the Mexican states of Veracruz and Chiapas visited TUI Group’s Berlin Corporate Office to hear TUI’s plans for Mexico first-hand from Thomas Ellerbeck, Member of the Group Executive Committee at TUI Group. “Mexico is now the long haul destination enjoying the largest investment by TUI. This year alone, our RIU subsidiary is planning to open two new hotels in Mexico,” said Thomas Ellerbeck. One of the hotels is a RIU Palace Hotel on the Costa Mujeres in Cancun, and the second is currently under construction at Baja California on the Mexican Pacific coast. TUI Group plans to increase the number of its hotels in Mexico from currently 18 to 20 by the end year. The world’s leading travel company plans to extend its Mexican portfolio to cater to around one million guests every year.

“We’re very pleased that the tourism industry is stepping up its involvement in Mexico because it is strengthening our very good bilateral economic relationship. Tourism is the key to growth and prosperity for the local population, and the tourism industry’s function in our development is becoming increasingly significant," commented Iris Gleicke. “Mexican tourism can only continue to grow if we have a good and dependable global framework and solid trade relations,” emphasised Gleicke.

“Investments by TUI and RIU are directly benefitting people in Mexico because they're creating thousands of new jobs. We're also delighted that TUI is extending its holiday portfolio along the Pacific coast and the attractive destination of Los Cabos to make the region accessible to more European guests,” said Gerado Corona.

With regards to TUI’s Hotel & Resorts business, Mexico is the fifth largest destination after Spain, Egypt, Greece and Turkey. It is also the most important long haul destination for this segment, followed by the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

About TUI Blue

TUI Blue offers lifestyle- and experience-oriented holidaymakers a hotel product tailored to their individual needs and preferences, for adults aged 16+, families, holidaymakers interested in local culture and authentic experiences. The hallmarks of the hotels are the Blue Guides, acting as the competent local contacts, the comprehensive Bluef!t fitness and relaxation programme and the modern design. With the Blue App, holidaymakers have access to a digital service assistant available before, during and after the trip to design their individual holiday. The culinary offer at TUI Blue hotels features local cuisine with international influences, providing high-quality food and catering for all dietary needs or nutrition plans. The hotel experience is rounded off by a wide range of daytime and evening experiences. With its global flagship brand TUI Blue, TUI Group is driving growth in the hotel segment further ahead.

About TUI Group

The TUI Group is the world's leading tourism group and operates worldwide. The Group is headquartered in Germany. The TUI share is listed on the FTSE 250, the leading index of the London Stock Exchange, and on the Regulated Unofficial Market in Germany.

The TUI Group offers integrated services from a single source for its 28 million customers, 21 million of whom are in the European national companies. The entire tourism value chain is represented under one roof. This includes over 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson and 15 cruise ships, from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 in the luxury class and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and cruise ships at Marella Cruises in England. The Group also includes Europe's leading tour operator brands and online marketing platforms, five airlines with more than 100 modern medium and long-haul aircraft and over 1,000 travel agencies. Besides the expansion of its core business with hotels, cruises via successful joint ventures and activities in holiday destinations, TUI is increasingly focusing on the expansion of digital platforms. The Group is transforming itself into a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social action is at the core of our corporate culture. With projects in 25 countries, the TUI Care Foundation initiated by TUI focuses on the positive effects of tourism, education and training and the strengthening of environmental and social standards. It thus supports the development of holiday destinations. The globally active TUI Care Foundation initiates projects that create new opportunities for the next generation.