Hanover, 25 February 2019

TUI Group expands its portfolio of owned hotels in Cape Verde

New TUI Magic Life Club set to open in Winter 2021/22

TUI Group is set to expand its portfolio of owned hotels in the Cape Verde Islands with the addition of a new resort. The first TUI Magic Life club in the island state off the west coast of Africa will be developed in the island of Boa Vista. The extensive resort is located directly on the Praia de Chaves beach and will feature 575 rooms. It is scheduled to open in the 2021/22 Winter season. TUI’s portfolio in Cape Verde will thus grow to seven owned hotels. Apart from five Riu hotels, the first Robinson Club is currently being built in the island of Sal. The travel brand also operates the TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde Resort & Spa concept hotel in the island.

“We already have around 350,000 customers per year travelling to Cape Verde with TUI,” said Sebastian Ebel, TUI Group Executive Board member in charge of Hotels & Resorts. “With the construction of a new club in the archipelago, we are therefore not only creating an additional year-round destination for our guests, but also investing in the future of our hotel business. Our Hotel & Resorts segment already accounts for around 40 per cent of our Group’s earnings.” Andreas Pospiech, Managing Director TUI Magic Life, adds: “Apart from the unique location of TUI Magic Life Boa Vista, our guests will appreciate, in particular, the hospitality of Cape Verdean inhabitants and the Portuguese-African culture. All of this forms a perfect basis for our first club resort in West Africa.”

The West African island state is a tourism success story. Tourism is the country’s number one growth driver. The government has recognised the importance of the sector and is planning to further expand the offering over the next few years. TUI Group is one of the country’s key partners. TUI customers already account for more than one third of all visitors to Cape Verde. Apart from the numerous new employment opportunities in the hotel and excursions businesses, the tourism group supports the sustainable development of the destination through projects run by TUI Care Foundation.

The future TUI Magic Life Boa Vista club, being built on a surface of 108,000 sqm, will feature a main restaurant, three à-la-carte restaurants, four bars, five pools and a modern wellness area covering around 1,600 square metres. The club will also offer an aqua park for children, four tennis courts, a football pitch, four volleyball courts and an archery range for its varied activity programme.

The hallmarks of the TUI Magic Life club brand are its numerous all-inclusive services and a comprehensive sports and entertainment programme. From Summer 2019, the portfolio will include 16 clubs in Spain, Italy, Greece, North Africa and Turkey.

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.