6 November 2018

German Ambassador visits MS Europa in Athens – TUI has a strong position in Greece

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Athens, Jens Plötner, visited the cruise liner MS Europa, operated by TUI’s subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, at the Port of Piraeus (Athens). Thomas Ellerbeck, member of the Group Executive Committee, Gabi Haupt, Product Director MS Europa at Hapag Lloyd Cruises, and Captain Olaf Hartmann welcomed the Ambassador on board MS Europa. MS Europa and MS Europa 2, which was newly launched in 2013, hold leading international positions in the smaller ship market segment. They have topped the list of the world’s best cruise ships in the 5-stars-plus segment in the International Berlitz Cruise Guide for many years. At their meeting on board MS Europa, Thomas Ellerbeck and Ambassador Plötner had the opportunity to engage in dialogue about the positive development of tourism in Greece and TUI’s growth roadmap for the country. Greece is one of the three most popular holiday destinations among TUI customers worldwide. The Group has operated in Greece for more than 40 years and has rendered a significant contribution to the development of tourism in Greece throughout that period. The tourism sector accounts for around one fifth of Greece’s gross domestic product. Tourism is a permanent job engine. TUI Group employs around 1,700 staff members in Greece, expects more than 2.7 million guests for this year and operates 43 hotels in the country. Several Greek ports are popular ports of call for TUI Group’s cruise ships. The Group continues to expand its footprint in Greece. This year, it opened two new hotels: a TUI Sensatori hotel in Rhodes and a TUI Sensimar hotel in Chalkidiki. It acquired Lakitira Resort in Kos and is building a new Robinson Club in Crete. TUI Care Foundation, which promotes sustainable development, also runs activities in Greece. The foundation is currently running a project in Crete to promote the sustainable production of olive oil and wine and link tourism with local agriculture. Around 200 farmers, food producers and hotels take part in the project.