Travel Giant TUI plans its first arrivals in Greece in March 2022


Greek Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias (C) with TUI Group Chief Financial Officer Sebastian Ebel (L) and Thomas Ellerbeck, Group Executive Committee Member and Group Director Corporate & External Affairs TUI Group.

The travel giant TUI reached an agreement on Tuesday with the Minister of Tourism Vasilis Kikilias to schedule the first tourist arrivals to Greek destinations in March 2022.

Kikilias met in Athens Sebastien Ebel, CFO of the TUI group and Thomas ellerbeck, member of the group executive committee and director of the Corporate & External Affairs TUI Group, to discuss future collaborations in tourism.

Ebel and Ellerbeck confirmed that Greece was one of TUI‘s most important destinations and said the group was aiming to exceed the target of 3 million visitors reached in pre-pandemic 2019.

They also discussed the possibility of establishing a TUI Academy in Athens. The academy provides opportunities for vulnerable young people through vocational training and life skills in the tourism sector.

Cooperation on sustainability issues through the TUI Care Foundation as well as its activities in Crete were also high on the agenda of the talks. TUI is currently helping to integrate the local fishing activity into the real tourism experience.

Kikilias informed Ebel and Ellerbeck of the Athens’ growing potential as a year-round destination with an emphasis on spring and fall. The minister agreed to schedule a meeting with stakeholders from Athens and Attica for possible partnerships with TUI in this direction.

Based in Germany, TUI Group is the world’s leading integrated tourism group operating in over 100 destinations worldwide. The company has more than 400 hotels and resorts – with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson – in its portfolio.

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