Hanover, 1 August 2018

TUI Blue to expand into long-haul destinations

TUI Group’s new lifestyle hotel brand opens first hotel in Zanzibar

TUI Group continues its growth roadmap in its hotel segment with an expansion of its long-haul portfolio. Through the acquisition of a resort in East Africa’s island of Zanzibar, the world’s leading tourism group has complemented its portfolio in the Indian Ocean. The ‘Dream of Zanzibar‘ hotel will be operated by TUI as of now. In this context, all existing reservations will be taken over and honoured. In the 2019/20 Winter season, the hotel will then be repositioned as TUI Blue Zanzibar. With the takeover of the resort designed in the African-Arab architectural style, the new lifestyle hotel brand will make its debut establishing its concept focused on authentic experiences within the holiday region in a long-haul destination.

“In delivering our growth roadmap, we are increasingly looking for holiday destinations facilitating profitable year-round operation due to their consistently warm climate,” said TUI Blue Managing Director Artur Gerber. “The ‘Dream of Zanzibar‘ hotel already features a very good occupancy rate and high customer satisfaction levels. The destination also features a wide range of cultural influences and excursion options. These are optimum conditions enabling us to create a unique holiday experience for our guests with our new hotel brand.”

The island off Tanzania’s coast is renowned for its spices, white beaches and cultural diversity. Attractive excursion destinations also include Stone Town, the historical old part of Zanzibar City, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The destination in the Indian Ocean is increasingly becoming a trending destination, not only for beach holidays after a safari trip. Alongside TUI Blue Zanzibar. TUI Group will open another hotel in the island this winter season, the Riu Palace Zanzibar.

For a number of years, TUI Care Foundation is also active in Tanzania. Since 2015, the Foundation has teamed up with the local Kawa Training Centre to offer young people from Zanzibar the opportunity to undergo training to become tour guides. The programme offers the participants the chance to obtain professional skills, opening up new job prospects in tourism.

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.