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TUI Travel, TUI AG to Create World’s Biggest Tourism Leader

TUI Travel, TUI AG to Create World’s Biggest Tourism LeaderTUI Travel, TUI AG to Create World’s Biggest Tourism Leader

TUI Travel and its German parent company, TUIAG, have finalized terms on creating the world’s biggest tourism operator, the pair announced on Monday.

“The merger will result in the creation of the world’s number one integrated leisure tourism business, with enhanced long-term growth prospects,” said a joint statement following an announcement in June that had revealed a merger in principle, according to AFP.

Following the all-shares merger, the combined group will be domiciled in Germany and have a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange. Existing TUI Travel shareholders will own 46 percent of the new company, with the remainder controlled by TUI stakeholders.

The merger is expected to eventually deliver cost savings of at least 45 million euros ($58 million) a year, the statement added. The combined group will have a market value of about 6.5 billion euros.

“The potential cost savings are significantly higher than expected at the start of the negotiations,” said TUI chief executive Friedrich Joussen.

“The new TUI will definitely be a truly international group and thus also one of the most international employers in Europe.”

One-off costs as a result of the merger are estimated at 45 million euros, the statement added. Joussen and TUI Travel chief executive Peter Long will be joint CEOs of the new group until February 2016, at which point Joussen will become sole head.

TUI AG, is one of the world’s largest tourist firms with interests across Europe. It owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores. Major subsidiaries include TUI AG Airlines, the largest holiday fleet in Europe, and UK-based tour operator Thomson.