- Move follows announcement that TUI Group is preparing to dispose of its Specialist Holiday Group business
- Crystal Ski Holidays and Thomson Lakes & Mountains will become part of TUI UK and Ireland, alongside well-known holiday brands, Thomson and First Choice
The ski giant is currently part of TUI’s Specialist Holiday Group, which TUI Group confirmed today it is preparing to dispose of. However, Crystal Ski Holidays and Thomson Lakes & Mountains will not form part of the disposal, and the well-known brands will have a new home within existing TUI UK and Ireland business operations alongside Thomson and First Choice.
With decades of experience delivering outstanding holiday experiences to the world’s best ski resorts in Europe and North America, today Crystal customers have the choice of over 130 ski resorts with departures from 21 airports in the UK and Ireland. Thomson Lakes & Mountains customers can explore Europe’s sights, scents and sounds in a beautiful selection of resorts, from the towns and villages around Lake Garda to Austrian hideaways and must-see European cities.
Both brands are exciting additions to the TUI UK and Ireland portfolio, and will benefit from investment to accelerate growth and develop new and unique products. The integration of Crystal Ski Holidays into the TUI UK and Ireland business will also lead to opportunities to internationalise the much-loved brand across other TUI markets.
Tamsin Todd, Ski & Lakes Managing Director will continue to lead her team of experts to deliver memorable holidays for customers through the 16/17 season and beyond. She will report to Andrew Flintham, Commercial Director for TUI UK&I.
Todd said of the move, “Joining the TUI UK and Ireland family marks a new, exciting era for our business. We have evolved Crystal over the last 35 years, working with Thomson Airways to take more customers from all over the UK and Ireland to a huge range of destinations, and providing exciting holiday experiences for our customers through our expert staff and market-leading mobile technology and service. This new chapter will provide a firm platform for innovation and growth, and superb career opportunities for our staff.”
Nick Longman, Managing Director of TUI UK & Ireland said: “Crystal and Thomson Lakes & Mountains is already a very successful business within TUI’s Specialist Holiday Group and a very welcome addition to our brand portfolio in the UK. We already have a very good understanding of the business as we take many of their customers away on Thomson Airways and I believe the integration of the brands into a business of our size and scale will not only help to fast track growth but deliver even more exciting ski and lake and mountain holidays to top resorts.”
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TUI UK & IRELAND
TUI UK and Ireland is the UK’s largest tour operator with key brands including Thomson, First Choice, and Thomson Cruises. Sub brands include Thomson’s Sensatori, Thomson’s Sensimar, Thomson’s Family Life, First Choice Holiday Villages and SplashWorld Resorts.
TUI UK and Ireland’s airline, Thomson Airways is the UK’s third largest airline with 62 aircraft operating to over 88 destinations in 30 countries. Thomson Airways was the first airline in the UK to take delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. TUI UK and Ireland has a team of more than 10,000 employees and serves over 5.5 million customers each year. TUI UK & Ireland is a member of TUI Group.
CRYSTAL SKI HOLIDAYS
Crystal Ski Holidays offers know-how covering all aspects of your winter holiday: a wide range of accommodation choices, ideas for first-timers, tips for budgeting, suggestions for travelling with young children, fun ideas for non-skiers, essential what-to-pack lists, details on the most snow-sure resorts and linked ski areas, easier ways to find and book your holiday, local tips from experts in resort, the Crystal Ski Explorer app which introduces a number of cutting-edge features, and a social media community of over 95,000 skiers and boarders.
Over 130 resorts in 13 countries in Europe and North America, departures from 21 UK airports, St Pancras and Ashford stations as well as numerous ferry points.
THOMSON LAKES & MOUNTAINS
Thomson Lakes & Mountains offer accommodation in a beautiful range of resorts – including a dozen towns and villages around Lake Garda, over 20 Austrian hideaways and several must-see European cities. The team has over 30 years’ experience and buckets of local knowledge and their dedicated Holiday Advisors are on hand 24/7 to help customers find their way around, plan days out or just answer any questions.