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

With its new lifestyle hotel brand, TUI Group is driving growth in the hotel segment further ahead. With its brand claim “Explore the more”, TUI Blue blends the best of a first-class hotel package experience with individual travel. The hallmarks of the hotels are regional architecture, cutting-edge technology design and the innovative Bluefit concept for fitness, nutrition and wellness. The hotel’s high-quality offerings are complemented by individual experience modules. The first hotel brand in TUI’s Hotels & Resorts portfolio to place the experience at the core focuses on authentic holiday encounters with the surrounding region. The Managing Directors of the hotel brand are Artur Gerber and Jano Martin.

About TUI Group

TUI Group is the world’s number one tourism group operating in around 180 destinations worldwide. The company is domiciled in Germany. The TUI Group’s share is listed in the FTSE 100 index, the leading index of the London Stock Exchange, and in the German open market. In financial year 2018, TUI Group recorded turnover of €18.5bn and an operating result of €1.177bn. The Group employs 70,000 people in more than 100 countries. TUI offers its around 27 million customers, including 21 million in the national organisations in Europe, comprehensive services from a single source. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof. This comprises around 330 Group-owned hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU and Robinson as well as 17 cruise ships ranging from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 luxury class vessels to the “Mein Schiff” fleet of TUI Cruises and the vessels of Marella Cruises in the UK. The Group also includes leading international tour operator brands, 1,600 travel agencies in Europe and five European leisure airlines with around 150 modern medium- and long-haul aircraft. Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social activity is a key feature of our corporate culture. TUI Care Foundation was founded in 2015 and supports the positive impacts of tourism, learning and education and strengthening of environmental and social standards. It contributes to the development of holiday destinations. Today, the TUI Care Foundation is active in more than 20 countries worldwide and initiates projects creating opportunities for the next generation.