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

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 €19.2bn 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.