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 the world’s leading integrated tourism group operating in more than 100 destinations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Germany. The TUI Group’s share is listed in the FTSE 250 index and in the German open market.

In financial year 2019, TUI Group recorded turnover of around €19bn and an operating result of €893m. The Group employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. TUI offers its 28 million customers, including 21 million customers in European national companies, integrated services from a single source. It covers the entire tourism value chain under one roof. This comprises more than 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson as well as 18 cruise ships ranging from the MS Europa and MS Europa 2 luxury class vessels and expedition ships to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI Cruises and the vessels of Marella Cruises in the UK. The Group also includes leading European tour operator brands, five airlines with 150 modern medium- and long-haul aircraft and 1,600 travel agencies. Apart from the expansion of its core business with hotels, cruises and destination activities, TUI is increasingly investing in digital platforms. The Group is transforming as a digital company.

Global responsibility for sustainable economic, ecological and social activity is a key feature of our corporate culture. TUI Care Foundation, initiated by TUI, promotes the positive effects of tourism, education and training as well as environmental and social standards with projects in 25 countries. It thus contributes to the development of the holiday destinations. TUI Care Foundation, operating around the world, initiates projects creating new opportunities for the next generation.