Hanover, 16 April 2020

Fighting Coronavirus: TUI employees get involved

  • Great Britain: TUI Airways Cabin Crew (UK) support National Health Service  in new volunteering scheme
  • TUI Campus Hanover: Internal platform helps employees put their skills to good use

Social commitment is an important part of TUI's corporate culture. And in difficult times, the company and its employees have never been more committed. The largest repatriation initiative in the company's history, involving more than 200,000 guests has been completed and most holidaymakers are back home. Now, TUI staff are supporting a number of initiatives to put their skills to good use during the coronavirus pandemic.

TUI Cabin crew help St. John Ambulance relieve pressure on NHS

The expertise and first aid training of TUI Airways cabin crew will be utilised across hospitals nationwide as TUI UK supports a new St John Ambulance scheme to help tackle the Coronavirus by relieving pressure on the NHS.

The St John Ambulance Covid-19 volunteering programme will place trained volunteers into essential NHS wards and departments around the UK to free up staff to fight the Covid-19 crisis on the frontline.  They will support with a range of agreed tasks, from caring for the elderly to basic monitoring of patients, transporting medication and maintaining cleanliness and hygiene, helping keep the NHS running as smoothly as possible during the pandemic. Volunteers will receive two days training provided by St John Ambulance, designed to complement the cabin crew training they have already undertaken.

Managing Director of TUI Airways, Dawn Wilson commented, “Our cabin crew are uniquely placed to support this scheme. Of course, their first aid training will be an advantage, but the most important skills are the ability to keep calm under pressure, have a real empathy for people who need support and be ready to put a patient’s welfare first.”

#letsTUIthistogether: support in the fight against Coronavirus

Many TUI employees are currently working reduced hours and a new initiative in Hanover is enabling German colleagues to identify opportunities to make use of their skills in a range of organisations across the city. Many have medical knowledge that makes them perfectly qualified to support in hospitals and nursing homes.

An internal platform – under the banner #letsTUIthistogether – has been developed to help anyone wishing to help to research local organisations and contact the appropriate people to volunteer their services. It will be continuously updated. In addition, the HR teams are available to answer questions from colleagues and provide guidance about this commitment. They have coordinated with hospitals and social institutions in the city.

TUI Care Foundation: support for people in holiday destinations

The TUI Care Foundation currently supports 30 projects in 25 holiday destinations. Together with its international partners, the foundation is in the process of analysing what help is needed locally and how resources can best be used to halt the spread of the virus and provide concrete help to local people. We will be able to provide more information in the near future.

How the work behind the scenes at TUI continues is shown by a ticker on the Group's website: www.tuigroup.com/en-en/media/tui-ticker-coronavirus

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.