Kuoni’s new state-of-the-art offices have become the headquarters of parent company Der Touristik UK.

This week all Kuoni’s 241 staff started work in the new, modern premises in central Dorking, which include an auditorium for training employees and travel agents. It has been named Touristik House.

The operator, a trading name of Der Touristik UK – the UK arm of the German parent company – had been based at Kuoni House in Dorking since 1974. The building has now been sold.

Der Touristik UK’s other brands are based around the country, and include an office in south London for the company’s specialist division, including CV Villas and Voyages Jules Verne, and Carrier in Cheshire.

The interior of the new offices have been designed specificially for the company and include a brightly coloured tuk-tuk in the reception area, graffiti walls, red telephone boxes, café and deli bar, complete with pool table, a central courtyard for events.

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The new auditorium, The Forum, which includes high definition screens, is likely to be used for training employees across Der Touristik’s brands, including its own Kuoni travel agents and staff in Kuoni’s partner stores.

Derek Jones, chief executive of DER Touristik UK, said: “This is day one of a new era for the business as part of the DER Touristik group.    We’ve designed the new office to be a fun, dynamic and inspiring space to work, learn and develop.

“The group is ambitious and committed to expanding its UK business.  We’ve created a space that reflects that ambition; we have growth in mind as we look to the future.”

“Our mission from the outset was to involve our team in the move and incorporate some of their ideas into the new designs.”

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