TUI UK agency review threatens Citigate account

Britain’s largest holiday company TUI UK is reviewing its public affairs account in a move that threatens incumbent agency Citigate Public Affairs’ ten-year hold on the business.

The brief involves representing TUI on issues such as regional airport development, allocation of flight slots and passenger taxes. The successful agency will also be expected to help manage the firm’s position on the pricing of holidays during school vacation.

As well as providing strategic advice, the account includes monitoring parliament’s treatment of travel industry issues in both Westminster and Brussels, a TUI spokeswoman said.

The review is expected to be completed by the end of January. Citigate, hired a decade ago by the then Thomson Holidays, has been invited to repitch.

The firm is in the midst of a rebranding exercise that includes renaming its charter airline Britannia Airways to Thomsonfly.

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