These are impressive numbers from TUI. Since TUI Travel (the UK business) merged with the German business they have strengthened their position as the number one tour operator in Europe. With the disposal of the specialist holidays division (renamed Travelopia), the group has become even more focused on being a classical vertically integrated tour operator. This is in total contrast to some of the other “big beast” in the travel sector such as Expedia and whose only assets are digital ones.

TUI's traditional model might be bucking the trend towards fragmentation and disintermediation, but it is proving highly successful and profitable. 

From a recruitment perspective the regional trends in their demand patterns are also reflected in terms of demand for product and purchasing roles, which are currently focused on Western Med and Long Haul.