Hanover / Kuala Lumpur, 11 March 2019

TUI is expanding its presence in the growth market of South-East Asia: TUI International Holidays is being established in Kuala Lumpur

  • License in Malaysia
  • Locations in China and Thailand
  • Singapore and Lankawi Homeport for TUI cruise companies
  • Tour operator for Asian guests – Business will be digitally developed

Kuala Lumpur is to become the location for TUI International Holidays Malaysia. The licence for the start as a tour operator in Malaysia was issued to TUI by the Government of Malaysia. As a result, TUI is continuing to expand in the growing Asian markets.

Already today, South-East Asia is an attractive destination for Europeans. TUI is focusing on increasing numbers of South-East Asian guests, who are travelling more frequently and differently than in the past, and wants to grow in this region. Destinations include both Europe and the countries of South-East Asia, where TUI today already operates its own hotels and clubs in Sri Lanka, on the Maldives and in Thailand.

"We are developing holiday offers which are also attractive to Asian travellers in both neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka and Thailand, as well as the long-haul routes from Asia. The start of the new division in Kuala Lumpur is an important step towards addressing even more Asian customers in the future", said Frank Rosenberger, TUI's chief development officer for new markets. Rosenberger is responsible for the "TUI 2022" strategy, with which TUI aims to reach one million additional customers in new markets by 2022. Unlike the classic TUI markets in Europe, this business should be operated via the Group's digital platforms and together with strong partners.

The travel experiences are thereby increasingly being developed and managed locally in Asia. The marketing of TUI Hotels & Resorts for the region will be controlled from Bangkok. For the growing segment of tours and activities, TUI Destination Experiences has already started a partnership with Ctrip which, with 200 million users per week, is China's leading online portal. TUI China, already founded in 2003, will support the growth strategy with strong locations in Shanghai and Beijing.

The expansion of the TUI hotel portfolio in Asia is meanwhile progressing. "As a developer, investor and operator of hotels, we have a very strong position in Europe, in Mexico and in the Caribbean. We have started to expand in Southeast Asia and want to grow to a total of 20 or 25 hotels in the next few years. We also want to market our hotels in the region. The short and medium-haul destinations in the region are becoming increasingly attractive to guests from Southeast Asia, for example, our Robinson Clubs in Asia or the RIU Hotel in Sri Lanka. Here, TUI's strong hotel brands have enormous potential", said Sebastian Ebel, Member of the Executive Board of TUI AG and CEO Hotels & Resorts, Cruises, Destination Experiences.

Asia is also moving into focus in the cruise segment, the third growth segment of TUI in addition to hotels and activities. TUI's three cruise lines are now regularly calling at Asian ports. TUI Cruises and Marella Cruises have each stationed a ship in Singapore and Langkawi during the winter season.

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.