TUI Group's Corporate Offices in Brussels and Berlin regularly hold political events. Here you can read the summaries of past events from policyLOUNGElive or view the respective videos.
Enthusiasm for Europe? Results from Young Europe study
Brussels, 29/01/2020 – TUI Group hosted a Policy Breakfast on TUI Foundation’s annual “Young Europe” study. An interested audience coming from the European institutions, think tanks, tourism professionals and industry representatives gathered in TUI’s Brussels office to discuss main results. Key question of the debate: How can the young generation's trust in European institutions be improved?
Tourism: Positive impact on local communities
Brussels, 03/07/2019 – The “Taste Crete” project supports local farmers and producers in adopting more sustainable cultivation and production practices, and helps them to distribute their products to the island’s hotels.
TUI hosted official EU Green Week partner event
Brussels, 14/05/2019 – The Policy Breakfast on “Sustainable tourism: What is the role of green certification to improve sustainability impacts?” contributed to the debate around environmental legislation by highlighting the role of green labels and their impact on environmental and social sustainability in tourism.
Tourism as a development driver
Berlin, 13/05/2019 – Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMZ: "Tourism is a fast-growing and employment-intensive industry. It offers vast potential – especially in developing and emerging nations – to improve living conditions for many people, even in remote regions."
Analysing the upcoming European elections
Brussels, 11/04/2019 – Perspectives from various industries and European think tanks ensured a well-balanced discussion about the potential electoral outcome in May 2019 and its implications for policy, citizens and businesses.
Promoting the importance of tourism in the EU
Brussels, 26/02/2019 – Tourism not only contributes to economic and social development, but also stimulates cultural exchange, provides the rationale for the protection of natural and cultural heritage and adds to travellers’ personal well-being. Hence, Tourism plays a very significant role as a force for good in the EU and around the world.
TUI reinforces relations with its EU network to reconfirm good ties
Brussels, 07/02/2019 – A informal drink brought together many key stakeholders of the transport and tourism sector in the EU, and enabled TUI to reconfirm the good ties with its network, laying the foundation for a cooperative engagement in the future.
Berlin, 08/11/2018 – The digital transformation is changing outdated structures and frameworks – in areas such as competition and state regulation, for instance. Elke Reichart, Chief Digital Officer at TUI Group, explained what that means for a fully integrated leisure tourism business like TUI in the TUI policyLOUNGE.
Aviation: Achievements and challenges
Brussels, 06/11/2018 – Another Policy Breakfast with representatives from the three European institutions and industry experts took place: Discussion topics ranged from fair competition in the aviation market, the impact of wet-leasing on the EU’s airline safety and social standards, to airline insolvency and air traffic control strikes.
Environmental management on cruise ships
Berlin, 18/10/2018 – Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI Cruises, presented the WASTELESS plastic waste reduction programme at the corporate office in Berlin. The ultimate aim is plastic-free cruises on the ships in the Mein Schiff fleet. It means getting rid of single-use plastic products and introducing more sustainable alternatives by the end of 2020.
Exchange stimulates pro-European attitudes
Brussels, 01/10/2018 – Young people who have participated in an exchange programme are more open towards Europe. 78 per cent of participants approve of the EU, while this share is only at 69 per cent among non-participants.
EU Package Travel Directive
16/02/2017 – For months German travel agents have been concerned about the transposition of the EU Package Travel Directive. Secretary of State, Gerd Billen, arrived at a policyLOUNGE debate bearing good news.
Review portals and consumer protection
29/09/2016 – Who benefits from hotel review portals on the internet? Are the ratings fair, or does too much information simply confuse the customer? And does the review portal industry need political regulation? Experts discussed these issues at a policyLOUNGE debate.
Virtual reality in tourism
28/04/2016 – Globalisation and digitalisation are changing the face of high quality tourism and new technological advances are augmenting the holiday experience.
EU Package Travel Directive
25/02/2016 – Germany must implement the EU Package Travel Directive by the end of 2017. Guests discussed the possible scope and consequences of the directive with legal experts Professor Ansgar Staudinger and Dietrich Kressel, who is Head of Legal Affairs at TUI.
New Year's Reception
14/01/2016 – The 800 year old estate of Castelfalfi receives new prospects through a tourism project – including ecologically sustainable agriculture. Stefan Neuhaus, Managing Director of the resort, introduced the unique concept at the New Year’s reception of the Corporate Office.
11/11/2015 – What effects does tourism have on a country’s development? Together with the Travel Foundation and PwC, the TUI Group measured the impact of 60,000 TUI guests visiting Cyprus in 2013. Jane Ashton, TUI Group Director of Sustainability presented the results.
01/10/2015 – The cruise tourism industry is booming. 1.8 million Germans spent their holidays at sea in 2014 – and the trend is growing. Wybcke Meier, Director of TUI Cruises, presented the company’s current growth programme, corporate strategy and environmental activities.