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TUI Group
TUI Group
Formerly called
Preussag AG (1923-2002)
Traded as FWBTUI1
FTSE 100 Component
Industry Hospitality, Tourism
Founded 1923; 95 years ago (1923)
Headquarters Hannover and Berlin , Germany
Area served
Key people
Friedrich Joussen
Products Charter and scheduled passenger airlines, package holidays, cruise lines, hotels and resorts
Services Travel agencies
Revenue EUR18,535 million (2017)[1]
EUR1,079.7 million (2017)[1]
EUR910.9 million (2017)[1]
Number of employees
67,000 (2017)[2]

TUI Group (German: TUI (Touristik Union International) Aktiengesellschaft) is a Anglo-German travel and tourism company headquartered in Hannover, Germany.[3] It is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world,[4] and owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores. The group owns six European airlines - the largest holiday fleet in Europe - and nine tour operators based in Europe.

TUI is jointly listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange as a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.


Thomson travel agents in Wetherby, United Kingdom
The same branch now in TUI branding (2017)

The origins of the company lie in the industrial and transportation company, Preussag AG, which was originally formed as a German mining company. It was incorporated on 9 October 1923, as Preußische Bergwerks- und Hütten-Aktiengesellschaft (Prussian Mine and Foundry Company). In 1927 it was merged with the Ruhr coal company, Hibernia AG, and electricity utility to become the Vereinigte Elekrizitäts und Bergwerks AG (VEBA AG) (United Electrical and Mining Company).[5]

With the sale of Salzgitter AG and purchase of the navigation and logistics company Hapag-Lloyd AG in 1997, Preussag AG became a global enterprise in the service and leisure industry. At that time, Hapag-Lloyd held a 30% interest in the tourism conglomerate TUI (founded 1968), increased to 100% by 1999.[6] In addition the company acquired 25% of Thomas Cook shares in 1997, which it doubled the following year. On 2 February 1999, the Carlson Leisure Group merged with Thomas Cook into a holding company owned by the German bank, Westdeutsche Landesbank, Carlson Inc and Preussag.[7] However, in mid-2000 Preussag acquired Thomas Cook's rival Thomson Travel and was forced to sell its majority 50.1% stake in Thomas Cook by regulatory authorities.[8] In 2002, Preussag renamed itself TUI AG.

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[9] 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.[10]

TUI announced a merger of its travel division with the British tour operator First Choice in March 2007,[11] which was approved by the European Commission on 4 June 2007, on the condition that the merged company sell Budget Travel in Ireland.[12] TUI held a 55% stake in the new company, TUI Travel PLC, which began operations in September 2007.[13]

In June 2014 the company announced it would fully merge with TUI Travel to create a united group with a value of $US9.7 billion.[14] The merger was completed on 17 December 2014 and the combined business began trading on the Frankfurt and London stock exchanges.[15]


The TUI 'smile' logo
TUI head office in Hannover

The new TUI Group has:[16]

  • Some 67,000 employees
  • 1,800 travel agencies
  • 6 airlines with 130 aircraft
  • 300 hotels and resorts

Tour operators


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. With a Fleet of 137 In May 2015, the TUI Group announced to rebrand its existing five airline brands under one airline banner in the course of the coming years, to be titled 'TUI'. Arkefly (now TUI fly Netherlands), Jetairfly (now TUI fly Belgium), Thomson Airways (now TUI Airways), TUIfly (now TUI fly Deutschland) and TUIfly Nordic (now TUI fly Nordic) will maintain the separate air operator's certificates (AOCs), but will operate under "one central organisation" with "one engineering & maintenance function." [17]

Cruise lines


TUI sponsored Bundesliga club Hannover 96. The airline branch TUIfly's main hub is at Hannover-Langenhagen Airport and it had 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. The current sponsor contract ran out, but it made TUI the longest running association with any of the 18 Bundesliga teams, with 12 years as the sponsor. As part of the sponsorship TUI was the shirt sponsor, as well as having had advertisements on the perimeter fencing of the AWD-Arena, Hannover's home stadium. There was 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.[19]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2017" (PDF). TUI Group. Retrieved 2018. 
  2. ^ "About TUI". TUI. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ "Contact TUI Group." TUI AG. Retrieved on 29 May 2009.
  4. ^ "TUI forges World's biggest tourism operator." TUI AG. Retrieved on 29 October 2014.
  5. ^ "History". Preussen Elektra. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ "TUI Group GmbH". Retrieved 2018. 
  7. ^ "WESTDEUTSCHE LANDESBANK / CARLSON / THOMAS COOK (Merger) [1999] ECComm 26 (8 March 1999)". Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "German firm buys Thomas Cook". BBC. 7 December 2000. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ Kuehnen, Eva (23 March 2009). "TUI AG completes sale of Hapag-Lloyd unit". Reuters. Retrieved 2010. 
  10. ^ "TUI AG set to agree Hapag-Lloyd deal this week". 12 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "First Choice to tie up with TUI". BBC News. 19 March 2007. Retrieved 2013. 
  12. ^ "First Choice-TUI merger cleared". BBC News. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 2013. 
  13. ^ Simon Lambert (28 September 2007). "Tui and First Choice to merge". This is Money. Retrieved 2013. 
  14. ^ "Tui Travel agrees to merger with German majority stakeholder". International Travel News. Retrieved 2014. 
  15. ^ Young, Sarah (17 December 2014). "TUI Travel, TUI AG merger completes". Reuters. Retrieved 2014. 
  16. ^ "The World's number one integrated tourism business - New TUI Group begins trading on the stock exchange". 17 December 2014. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ "TUI Group announces rebranding of airline operations". 14 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Arke Fly kicks off TUI Group rebranding exercise". ch-aviation. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ "TUI extends contract as main sponsor of Hannover 96". TUIfly. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 2011. 

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