|Traded as||FWB: TUI1
|Founded||1923 (as Preussag AG)
2002 (as TUI AG)
|Key people||Friedrich Joussen
|Products||Charter and scheduled passenger airlines, package holidays, cruise lines, hotels and resorts|
|Revenue||€18.715 billion (2014)|
|Operating income||€505.6 million (2014)|
|Profit||€283.9 million (2014)|
TUI Group (German: TUI (Touristik Union International) Aktiengesellschaft) is a German multinational travel and tourism company headquartered in Hannover. It is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world, and owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores. The group owns six European airlines - the largest holiday fleet in Europe - and UK-based tour operator Thomson.
The origins of the company lie in the industrial and transportation company, Preussag AG, which was formed in 1923. Following its acquisition of Hapag-Lloyd together with its 30% shareholding in Touristik Union International (‘TUI’) in 1998, Preussag decided to reinvent itself as a tourism, shipping, and logistics company. Its logistics activities, concentrated in the shipping sector, were kept separate and bundled within Hapag-Lloyd AG. A majority stake in Hapag-Lloyd was sold to the Albert Ballin consortium of investors in March 2009 and a further stake was sold to Ballin in February 2012, as TUI worked to exit from the shipping business and to optimize its tourism business with expansion in Russia, China and India.
TUI announced a merger of its travel division with the British tour operator First Choice in March 2007, which was approved by the European Commission on 4 June 2007, on the condition that the merged company sell Budget Travel in Ireland. TUI held a 55% stake in the new company, TUI Travel PLC, which began operations in September 2007.
In June 2014 the company announced it would fully merge with TUI Travel to create a united group with a value of $9.7 billion. The merger was completed on 17 December 2014 and the combined business began trading on the Frankfurt and London stock exchanges.
The new TUI Group has:
- Some 77,000 employees in 130 countries
- 1,800 travel agencies
- 6 airlines with 130 aircraft
- 300 hotels and resorts
TUI Group owns six European airlines, inherited from TUI Travel, making it the largest tourism group in Europe. The group airlines operate both scheduled and charter flights to more than 150 destinations worldwide departing from more than 60 airports in 9 European countries.
TUI Airlines carries millions of holiday travellers and business passengers every year. In 2005 it had a passenger volume of 25 million and employed more than 8,200 people.
|Arkefly||Netherlands||Since 2005 Arkefly has operated charter flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to destinations in Southern Europe, North Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.|
|Corsair International||France||Corsair International flies to 15 destinations in French overseas territories around the Mediterranean, Thailand, North Africa, and North America.|
|Jetairfly||Belgium||Jetairfly has operated since March 2004 to more than 70 airports in the Europe, Red Sea, Caribbean, Canary Islands, and North Africa.|
|Thomson Airways||United Kingdom||Thomson Airways is the largest of the TUI airlines and the largest charter airline in the world. It has 64 aircraft and flies from 26 British airports to 109 destinations worldwide. It was formed by the merger of Thomsonfly (formerly Britannia Airways) and First Choice Airways.|
|TUIfly||Germany||The former German Airlines of the TUIfly-alliance Hapag-Lloyd Flug and Hapag-Lloyd Express (now defunct as an air carrier) operated together under the brand TUIfly. Since Summer 2010 Hapag-Lloyd Flug is now officially named TUIfly.|
|TUIfly Nordic||Sweden||TUIfly Nordic flies from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. They fly holidaymakers travelling with the tour operators Fritidsresor, Finnmatkat and Star Tour.|
TUI sponsors Bundesliga club Hannover 96. The airline branch TUIfly's main hub is at Hannover-Langenhagen Airport and it has sponsored the football team since the 2002-2003 season. On 31 March 2011, TUI announced Hannover 96 would be playing "with a smile on their chest" for another 3 years, as it extended the sponsorship contract. When the current sponsor contract runs out, it will make TUI the longest running association with any of the 18 Bundesliga teams, with 12 years as the sponsor. As part of the sponsorship TUI will be the shirt sponsor, as well as having advertisements on the perimeter fencing of the AWD-Arena, Hannover's home stadium. There is also advertising in the stadium, on the billboards by the pitch and banners around the stadium, and TUI will also remain the sponsor of the Hannover 96 Soccer School.
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