have signed a broad-based agreement involving the inclusion of Accor hotels in Europe in TUI tour operations, and in France, the distribution of the new TUI tour-operating brand in Accorå‘s travel agencies through the Lå‘Alliance network.
Dr. Michael Frenzel, TUI AG chairman, said: “This cooperation between TUI and Accor will greatly benefit both sides. The well-known Accor hotel brands mean TUI tour operators have an excellent complement to their range, in particular in the growing city tour segment. For its part, Accor has gained a strong new partner with more than 20 million customers.”
TUI, the world`s leading tourism group registered in Hanover and Berlin, encompasses 81 tour operator brands throughout Europe with around 20 million customers per year. The Group also includes 3,700 travel agencies, 32 destination agencies, and carriers with around 90 aircraft, belonging to well known brands such as Hapag-Lloyd Flug and Britannia Airways. Its hotel holdings portfolio contains about 285 hotels with around 150,000 beds.
Accor has facilities in 140 countries, a workforce of 150,000 and is market leader in Europe in the hotel and service industries. Accor is a top player worldwide in vacation trips, tourism and services. Accor (Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Frantour) and Seletour formed the Alliance travel agents network, operating 1074 travel agents together with their partners CIT, Lusitania, Verny and Wasteels.