TUI CEO Fritz Joussen says on the occasion of the EU summit on the 2021 holiday season:
"Travelling in Europe will be possible in summer 2021 – safely and responsibly. We are preparing intensively for this at TUI. TUI is already in close coordination with Greece, Spain and Cyprus. Talks are to be extended to other holiday destinations in the western and eastern Mediterranean in the coming weeks. The desire for holidays has been high throughout the pandemic. Demand and bookings are picking up after the UK government unveiled a timetable for an end to the COVID restrictions. Germany is also preparing to restart and exit the lockdown. It is clear that interest in holidays is turning into bookings and revenues again.
Especially the governments of the southern European countries have developed good concepts for the restart and presented them in recent weeks. At the core of these plans are rapid tests, vaccinations and uniform proof of immunity. A European vaccination passport can help restore freedom to travel. There is no doubt about that. With a uniform EU certificate, politicians can now create an important basis for summer travel. As long as not everyone can be vaccinated, rapid tests are the second important building block for safe holidays. They are reliable and are now available in sufficient numbers."