Examples include Castelfalfi in Italy: A decade ago, the Tuscan hamlet belonging to the municipality of Montaione was an almost abandoned village until TUI Group acquired a former country estate. Since then, TUI has transformed Castelfalfi into a high-quality tourist resort. The tourism group now employs around 200 people in TUI’s hotels, the agricultural estate and the real estate section. The majority of the employees are from the region. A further 200 to 250 people outside the resort benefit from cooperation schemes with local laundries, construction companies and other service providers working for TUI and the resort.
Another example is the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean: At almost 10,000 US dollars, Mauritians ranks third in terms of gross domestic product per capita in Africa. Overall, the tourism sector accounts for around a quarter of total added value and one in four jobs in Mauritius. TUI Group plays a leading role in the development of Mauritius, for instance through its hotel subsidiary RIU, which employs around 400 people in two hotels on the south-west coast of Mauritius. TUI works with local suppliers in all its hotels.