“A Million Smiles” campaign reaches £1m target

Image5Two years ago TUI UK & Ireland set themselves a target to raise £1m for the Family Holiday Association. After 24 months of countless marathon runs, on board coin collections, cake sales and sky dives they did it!

To mark the occasion, a short video has been put together and is being distributed throughout the company. You can view it here –


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Thomson helps mark our 40th anniversary with a special gift to 40 families.

Our corporate partner of 25 years Thomson teamed up with the Family Holiday Association to help send 40 families to Lapland for a magical daytrip.

Watch the film Thomson made of this spectacular day

As you know we usually helps struggling families get away for a few days to the British seaside. But Thomson wanted to mark our 40th anniversary with an extra special gift which saw little ones and their parents whisked to a real winter wonderland at the northernmost point of Finland, where reindeers, huskies and elves roam the snow-dusted forests.

On Friday 4th December 150 children and parents spent the day hanging out with Rudolph, Santa and his trusty helpers. Plus, they were joined by special guest and Family Holiday Association ambassador, Alesha Dixon.

Here is Alesha Dixon introducing the video and wishing us all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!



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Christmas wishes

Over 11,000 children and adults were helped by the Family Holiday Association to get a break away from home this year.  Most had never been away as a family.

This coming year we aim to help even more families because we know how much good a simple break can deliver, especially for those families for whom a break is well beyond their means.  The post-Christmas period is the traditional time for thinking about and booking our summer holidays, but there are too many children, literally millions of children, for whom a holiday will be an unfulfilled Christmas wish. Continue reading

What wasn’t said about Chris Browne last night at BAFTA

Chris Browne on stage with Ian Taylor at BAFTA last night
Chris Browne on stage with Ian Taylor at BAFTA last night

Chris Browne, chief operating officer of TUI Aviation, delivered the annual University of Surrey School of Hospitality & Tourism Management lecture in BAFTA’s Princess Anne Theatre on Piccadilly last night.

Chris talked about her recent promotion from MD of TUI’s Thomson Airways to COO of all five of TUI’s airlines and the job she faces in pulling all these separate airlines into one organisation.  Continue reading