TUI: Tourism at the service of development in Cape Verde

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The TUI Academy Cape Verde was set up to provide hospitality training to 350 young people in Sal and Boa Vista.

• The TUI Field to Fork program in Cape Verde supports local food production in Sal and creates new income opportunities.

• The two initiatives are the first of a series based on the action potential of tourism in the economic and social development of Cape Verde.

Tourism is the first source of income for many inhabitants of the Cape Verde Islands.

This sector has been the main driver of development in the archipelago over the past ten years. In order to continue to promote the positive impact of tourism and to make the most of it for Cape Verde, the TUI Care Foundation has developed an ambitious agenda. The first two projects aimed at supporting vulnerable communities in Sal and Boa Vista have been launched.

The tourism sector is the main employer in Cape Verde. However, only a few young people, especially in disadvantaged communities, have the opportunity to pursue vocational training in hospitality.

The TUI Academy Cape Verde will now offer 350 students the opportunity to follow an eight-month training course.

This includes theoretical courses organized by the School of Hospitality and Tourism of Cape Verde (EHTCV) and continues with a five-month practical internship in a tourist establishment which is part of a selection of hotels, particularly from the TUI network. Classes started in mid-December 2022. This program integrates disadvantaged young people from Sal and Boa Vista, who can thus access quality education, work experience and coaching on life skills, in short to a brighter future.

The TUI Field to Fork Cape Verde program supports local food producer, MILOT Hydroponics, in Sal.

As the island lacks fertile land suitable for agriculture, it has always depended on imports to provide its people with fresh produce. Thanks to the project, fresh food

organic products, ranging from limes to avocados, including mangoes, cucumbers, salads and carrots, are now produced locally on an area of ​​18,000 square meters. New green jobs have been created and training is provided to disadvantaged young people to gain work experience in hydroponic farming.

This project also paves the way for a chain of sustainable supply to the 12 largest hotels and resorts on the island.

These two new projects are helping local communities in Boa Vista and Sal, two islands in Cape Verde. Encouraged by the positive impact of tourism, the TUI Care Foundation wishes to set an example in terms of protecting the natural environment and supporting the inhabitants of Cape Verde.

About the TUI Care Foundation

Encouraged by the action potential of tourism, the TUI Care Foundation initiates and supports projects that offer new

opportunities and contribute to thriving communities in tourist destinations around the world.

By involving holidaymakers in its actions, the foundation supports initiatives relating to the education and training of young people, promotes the protection of natural habitats and the marine environment, and helps local communities to develop in a sustainable and enjoy tourism. It relies on strong partnerships with local and international organizations to have a significant and lasting impact. Founded by TUI, one of the world’s leading tourism groups, this independent charitable foundation is based in the Netherlands.

About the Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Cabo Verde

(School of Hospitality and Tourism of Cape Verde – EHTCV)

The Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Cabo Verde (School of Hospitality and Tourism of Cape Verde – EHTCV) has the mission of promoting the development of skills within the framework of the exercise of professional activities in the fields of hospitality. hotel, catering and tourism. This academic institution pursues the objective of becoming a technological training center of reference in the development of skills and the promotion of knowledge in the fields of hospitality, catering and tourism. This can be achieved by taking advantage of Cape Verde’s geostrategic position and competitiveness.

About MILOT Hydroponics

MILOT Hydroponics Ltd. is a family business founded in 2001 and based on the island of Sal, which produces fruits and vegetables using hydroponic techniques. The main objective that encouraged the creation of the company and the choice of the production method was to provide the island of Sal with an infrastructure that would help combat the scarcity of fruit and vegetables on the local market, which is essentially caused by the lack of fertile land and soil suitable for the practice of agriculture on the island. Today, the company, which is focused on innovation and sustainability, produces, markets and distributes high quality diversified foods throughout the local market.

About TUI France

TUI France is a 100% subsidiary of the TUI group. Leader on the French tourism market, it brings together the Club Marmara, Club Lookéa and Nouvelles Frontières brands, which are emblematic in the tourism sector and recognized by French travelers with a very high satisfaction rate. TUI France offers unique, accessible and personalized travel experiences, available in 3,000 travel agencies, in the TUI Stores network, and on its website

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