Hanover, 3 May 2020

After Coronavirus: TUI China resumes business and offers travel in China

TUI Group CEO Fritz Joussen: "Tourism within Europe also needs a clear perspective. Gradual return to normality with individual countries. EU and member states should develop a roadmap for travel within Europe."

TUI China resumes business operations and offers domestic tours for holidaymakers in China. Three months after the TUI Group's subsidiary had to completely stop selling tours, TUI is now offering mainly short trips to the mountains and Chinese beach resorts under the product name "TUI Selection". The portfolio also includes programmes near major cities. This means that tourism and air travel are once again taking place in China. "Our offices in Beijing and Shanghai were also in operation during the crisis, but holidays could not be sold. Now we see a clear backlog demand for holiday travel. TUI China will gradually increase its range of offers in the next few weeks," explained TUI CEO Fritz Joussen with regard to TUI subsidiary's business in Asia.

China was the first country with the coronavirus and strict restrictions on public life. Now the country is on the way back to normality and Chinese are allowed to travel within their own country. TUI China has put together travel packages for its customers including programmes near Beijing and Shanghai, but also to Sanya on the holiday island of Hainan. Destinations in well-known mountain and natural regions are also available. The safety of the guests continues to have top priority. When compiling the TUI Selection portfolio, care was taken to ensure that the hotels meet all health and safety standards for travellers. In addition, only those destinations where the epidemic has been completely brought under control were considered.

"In Germany and Europe, too, travel and holidays have considerable relevance for people. The traffic on our booking websites is 90 per cent compared to the previous year, although travel is currently not possible. Bookings for 2021 are also at a favourable level. We must now emerge well from the crisis. Tourism within Europe needs a clear perspective. The EU and the member states should develop a roadmap for travel within Europe and make holidays possible in 2020. This includes opening up with tourism and air travel to countries and regions of Europe that have made good progress and are actively promoting the return of holidaymakers, such as Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, the Balearic Islands, Austria or Bulgaria. Holidays at home are an offer, but should not be the only answer for Europe and Europeans," said Joussen.

About TUI Group

TUI Group is one of the world's leading tourism groups and operates worldwide. The Group is headquartered in Germany. TUI shares are listed on the FTSE 250, an index of the London Stock Exchange, on the regulated market of the Hanover Stock Exchange and on the Open Market segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The TUI Group offers integrated services from a single source for its 27 million customers, 21 million of them in the European national companies.

The entire tourism value chain is covered under one roof. This includes over 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson and 16 cruise ships, from the MS Europa and the 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 Great Britain. The Group also includes leading tour operator brands and online marketing platforms across Europe, five airlines with more than 100 modern medium and long-haul aircraft and over 1,000 travel agencies. In addition to expanding 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. The TUI Care Foundation, initiated by TUI, focuses on the positive effects of tourism, on education and training and on strengthening environmental and social standards with projects in 25 countries. It thus supports holiday destinations in their development.