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

TUI Group is the world’s leading integrated tourism group operating in more than 100 destinations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Germany. The TUI Group’s share is listed in the FTSE 250 index and in the German open market.

In financial year 2019, TUI Group recorded turnover of around €19bn and an operating result of €893m. The Group employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. TUI offers its 28 million customers, including 21 million customers in European national companies, integrated services from a single source. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof. This comprises more than 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson as well as 18 cruise ships ranging from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 luxury class vessels and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and the vessels of Marella Cruises in the UK. The Group also includes leading European tour operator brands, five airlines with 150 modern medium- and long-haul aircraft and 1,600 travel agencies. Apart from the expansion of its core business with hotels, cruises and destination activities, TUI is increasingly investing in digital platforms. The Group is transforming as a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social activity is a key feature of our corporate culture. TUI Care Foundation, initiated by TUI, promotes the positive effects of tourism, education and training as well as environmental and social standards with projects in 25 countries. It thus contributes to the development of the holiday destinations. TUI Care Foundation, operating around the world, initiates projects creating new opportunities for the next generation.