TUI Group

TUI Group
Formerly called
Preussag AG (1923-2002)
Traded as FWB: TUI1
Industry Hospitality, Tourism
Founded 1923 (1923)
Headquarters Hannover, Germany
Area served
Key people
Friedrich Joussen
Products Charter and scheduled passenger airlines, package holidays, cruise lines, hotels and resorts
Services Travel agencies
Revenue €20,011.6 million (2015)[1]
€535.4 million (2015)[1]
Profit €379.6 million (2015)[1]
Number of employees
~76,000 (2015)[2]

TUI Group (German: TUI (Touristik Union International) Aktiengesellschaft) is a multinational 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 and Scandinavia.

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


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).

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. 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.[5] 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.

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[6] 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.[7]

TUI announced a merger of its travel division with the British tour operator First Choice in March 2007,[8] which was approved by the European Commission on 4 June 2007, on the condition that the merged company sell Budget Travel in Ireland.[9] TUI held a 55% stake in the new company, TUI Travel PLC, which began operations in September 2007.[10]

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.[11] The merger was completed on 17 December 2014 and the combined business began trading on the Frankfurt and London stock exchanges.[12]


The former TUI logo, introduced in 2002.
TUI head office in Hannover

The new TUI Group has:[13]

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.

TUI Airlines carries millions of holiday travellers and business passengers every year.

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, Jetairfly, Thomson Airways, TUIfly and TUIfly Nordic will maintain the separate air operator's certificates (AOCs), but will operate under "one central organisation" with "one engineering & maintenance function." [14]

Airline Country Image Description
TUI Airlines Netherlands Netherlands Since 2005, TUI Airlines Netherlands 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.
TUI Airlines Belgium Belgium TUI Airlines Belgium has operated since March 2004 to more than 105 destinations around Europe, the Red Sea, Caribbean, Canary Islands, US and Africa. Since 2012 it has operated scheduled flights as well as charter services.
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.
TUIfly Nordic Sweden




TUIfly Nordic flies from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. They fly holidaymakers travelling with the tour operators Fritidsresor (Sweden), Finnmatkat (Finland) and Star Tour (Denmark & Norway).

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.[15]


The TUI group has 262 operating aircraft as of 2015. This includes 4 major airlines within Europe under the name of TUI travel. These companies are Thomson, arke international, Holland international and jet air.


  1. 1 2 3 "Annual Report 2014/15" (PDF). TUI Group. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  2. "About TUI". TUI. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  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. "WESTDEUTSCHE LANDESBANK / CARLSON / THOMAS COOK (Merger) [1999] ECComm 26 (8 March 1999)". Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  6. Kuehnen, Eva (23 March 2009). "TUI AG completes sale of Hapag-Lloyd unit". Reuters. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  7. "TUI AG set to agree Hapag-Lloyd deal this week". 12 February 2012.
  8. "First Choice to tie up with TUI". BBC News. 19 March 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  9. "First Choice-TUI merger cleared". BBC News. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  10. Simon Lambert (28 September 2007). "Tui and First Choice to merge". This is Money. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  11. "Tui Travel agrees to merger with German majority stakeholder". International Travel News. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  12. Young, Sarah (17 December 2014). "TUI Travel, TUI AG merger completes". Reuters. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  13. "The World's number one integrated tourism business – New TUI Group begins trading on the stock exchange". 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  14. "TUI Group announces rebranding of airline operations". 14 May 2015.
  15. "TUI extends contract as main sponsor of Hannover 96". TUIfly. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
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