TUI Travel is most valuable travel brandStory posted on 18 Feb 2014 in Growth
Leading brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance has named TUI Travel the most valuable brand in the travel and tourism sector in its annual Global 500 league table. The league table features the biggest brands in the world and this is the second year in a row we’ve featured as sector leader, climbing 22 places in the overall global list. Our brand is valued at $3.960 billion, up from $3.162 billion in 2013. As well as brand value, each of the 500 brands has a brand rating which indicates strength, risk and potential relative to its competitors, similar to a credit rating. TUI Travel’s overall brand rating is A+. Find out more.
Exodus celebrates 40 yearsStory posted on 05 Feb 2014 in Specialist & Activity
Exodus began forty years ago with the idea to take a group of fellow like-minded travellers on an adventure. It has since grown into one of the UK's leading adventure travel companies, keeping the same ideals that marked it out as special at its inception. In its forty years, Exodus has ventured across 90 countries, taken more than 20,000 people to the Everest region and accompanied them on a Kilimanjaro Climb. It has watched 40 million wildebeest cross the Mara River, enjoyed 14,000 sunsets while touring the Inca Trail and drunk 40 million cups of chai. Explore Exodus' interactive list of top 40 trips on Pinterest.
Flagship store for TUI IndiaStory posted on 23 Jan 2014 in Emerging Markets, Growth
Damon Hill, legendary ex-F1 racing champion, was special guest at the launch of TUI India’s first flagship store in Mumbai. We have already built up a strong agent network in the country through our joint venture with Le Passage to India and the new store, our sixth, will help build our presence in this fast-growing market. Bringing consumers closer to the brand, the store will be a place for travellers to meet, exchange stories and make travel plans with the help of expert consultants. It will also host interactive talks and workshops by travellers, photographers and writers to bring customers closer to travel experiences. Explore TUI India
World Travel Awards successStory posted on 03 Dec 2013 in Mainstream, Specialist & Activity
We were proud to be named World’s Leading Tour Operator at the World Travel Awards held in Doha, Qatar on 30th November. Now in its 20th year, the World Travel Awards is acknowledged to be the ultimate travel accolade. Voted for by travel industry professionals and consumers, the World Travel Awards highlight, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry and our brands Thomson, TUIfly and Quark Expeditions also received honours at the glittering event. Read more.
TUIfly tops climate efficiency indexStory posted on 30 Oct 2013 in Mainstream, Sustainability
TUIfly has topped the 2013 atmosfair Airline Index, achieving the ranking of most climate-efficient charter airline and most climate-efficient airline in the world with more than one million passengers. Sustainability is an important priority for TUIfly, with intensive efforts being made year on year to ensure flight operations are as efficient as possible. In 2013, TUIfly reduced average fuel consumption per passenger to a record low of 2.6 litres per 100km, bringing it to 35 percent below the German airline average of 4 litres per 100km. Thomson Airways, our UK airline, was ranked second most efficient airline for short haul flights. Click here to read more.
Jetairport takes offStory posted on 24 Oct 2013 in Innovation, Mainstream, Growth
TUI Belgium has launched Jetairport, an ambitious new business complex at Brussels Airport combining office space for 800 people with aircraft maintenance workshops within one building. With a roof the size of a football pitch, Jetairport will house around half of TUI Belgium’s colleagues previously located across six different sites, improving efficiency and ensuring the best possible service for customers. The complex will also host Jetairfly’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner when it arrives in the coming weeks. Jetairfly is the only Belgian airline to add the Dreamliner to its fleet. Click here to watch a video about the new Jetairport complex.
Crystal voted Best Ski OperatorStory posted on 11 Oct 2013 in Specialist & Activity
Crystal Ski recently took the Best Ski Operator prize at the inaugural Travel Awards as voted for by globe-trotting readers of The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Times Travel magazine. Thousands voted for their favourite destinations, hotels and travel companies and the winners received one of the coveted gongs at a glittering ceremony hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE. Crystal is the UK’s number one ski tour operator, with decades of experience delivering outstanding snow holiday experiences to the best resorts in Europe and North America. Find out more about the award here.
Innovative winglets help save fuelStory posted on 30 Jul 2013 in Mainstream, Sustainability
We will be the first in Europe to use the innovative new Split Scimitar Winglet System on our aircraft, reducing fuel burn and emissions and saving up to 200 tonnes of jet fuel and 630 tonnes of carbon per aircraft. The winglets will replace those currently installed on Boeing Next-Generation 737- 800 aircraft in our airlines Arkefly, Jetairfly, Thomson Airways, TUIfly and TUIfly Nordic. This design innovation will bring both environmental and financial benefits, making our airlines even more efficient and reinforcing our commitment to sustainable travel. The first modified aircraft will begin flying from January 2014. Read more.
787 Dreamliner gets star powerStory posted on 08 Jul 2013 in Mainstream
Alesha Dixon, star of Britain’s Got Talent, surprised holidaymakers when she joined the Thomson Airways team to celebrate the inaugural long haul flight of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Alesha learnt some new skills as she stunned customers flying to Florida, helping on the check in desk, making tannoy announcements and greeting passengers as they boarded the state-of-the-art aircraft for the first time. Thomson Airways is the first UK airline to fly the new Boeing 787 which is set to revolutionise air travel, leaving holidaymakers more relaxed and refreshed than ever before. It can fly much further than similar-sized aircraft and uses 20% less fuel. Read more here
Holidays go high tech in CyprusStory posted on 22 May 2013 in Innovation, Mainstream
TUI UK & Ireland has launched a series of technology trials in Cyprus this summer with Thomson and First Choice customers using new digital tools and services to make it easier to book activities, access information about their destination or contact a holiday advisor before and during their holiday. Developments include direct email and social media communication between customers and their resort team, welcome meetings available online and free Wi-Fi on transfers. Reps will use iPads to allow them to be paperless and fully mobile. Once completed, a multi-million pound programme will be rolled out by Summer 2014 across TUI UK & I’s overseas resorts. More information.