Tui Group is targeting Mexico as a major growth long-haul destination.

The European travel giant plans to increase the number of its hotels in Mexico from 18 to 20 by the end of the year.

The company plans to extend its Mexican portfolio to cater to around one million holidaymakers a year.

One of the new hotels is a RIU Palace Hotel on the Costa Mujeres in Cancun, and the second is being built at Baja California on the Pacific coast of Mexico.

Mexico is the fifth largest destination after Spain, Egypt, Greece and Turkey within Tui’s Hotel & Resorts business.

The country is also the most important long-haul destination for this segment, followed by the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

Tui Group executive committee member Thomas Ellerbeck said: “Mexico is now the long-haul destination enjoying the largest investment by Tui. This year alone, our RIU subsidiary is planning to open two new hotels in Mexico.”

Mexican Ministry for Tourism innovation and tourism development secretary Gerado Corona, speaking at Tui’s Berlin corporate office, said: “Investments by Tui and RIU are directly benefitting people in Mexico because they’re creating thousands of new jobs.

“We’re also delighted that TUI is extending its holiday portfolio along the Pacific coast and the attractive destination of Los Cabos to make the region accessible to more European guests.”