About the COVID-19 Relief Programme for Tourism

Together with enpact, the TUI Care Foundation supported 150 innovative entrepreneurial teams in the tourism sector from emerging and developing countries with mentoring and financial assistance between December 2020 and May 2021. The programme is part of the ongoing Empowering Entrepreneurship Initiative and helped with crisis management strategies, protecting jobs and building sustainable local economic development.

Before the Corona crisis, the tourism sector employed around one in ten people worldwide and offered income opportunities to people from all walks of life, especially in developing and emerging countries. Now, international tourism has come to an almost complete standstill and the livelihoods of millions of people working in the sector are under threat. People in emerging and developing countries, where there is little or no government support, are particularly affected.

This emergency aid programme counted on the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as a project donor and focused on 150 innovative new businesses in Mexico, Kenya, Indonesia and Jordan. It aimed to empower local tourism structures to maintain jobs, created new prospects, and helped TUI destinations revive international tourism and collaborate with the key actors in the German tourism industry. The programme was open for young, innovative businesses that operate in the Travel & Tourism sector or along the Tourism supply chain.


enpact is one of the world leaders in the cultivation of startup ecosystems as a means to promote international cooperation and development. Through a variety of products and services, enpact supports founders and ecosystem actors in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The goal is to create a global network of startup ecosystems that facilitates the exchange of ideas, solutions and support. 

At present, enpact’s network consists of 2500+ startups and scaleups, 600+ mentors & experts and 150+ support organisations in 30+ countries. 10.000+ jobs have been created as a direct result of enpact’s work with startups. 


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