Strategic Business Units
Hotelplan Holding AG – a 100% subsidiary of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives – holds all of the strategic business units (SBU) which form part of the Hotelplan Group: Hotelplan Suisse (MTCH AG), Hotelplan UK Group Ltd., Interhome AG, Inter Chalet Ferienhaus-Gesellschaft GmbH, bta first travel ag, Finass Reisen AG and BF International Travel AG.
Hotelplan Management AG is responsible for the main functions of the group, such as overall management and strategy, finance, IT and the direct management of individual companies.
Inghams has made its name on the English travel market as a winter holiday specialist for high quality ski holidays in 8 countries. In addition to its Ski and Luxury Ski programmes, Inghams – established 1934 – is the UK leader in “Lakes & Mountains” holidays. The established walking and cycling specialist, Inntravel, is also part of Hotelplan UK.
Esprit Holidays has been established in 1982 and operates Esprit Ski, the UK’s market-leading family ski specialist, Esprit Santa’s Lapland, offering family short breaks to Finnish Lapland and a summer programme, Esprit Family Adventures. Ski Total has also been operating since 1982 and is the leading specialist for adult skiers and groups in the quality catered chalet and chalet hotel sector.
The portfolio of Hotelplan UK has been complemented by the acquisition in 2015 of the soft adventure provider Explore Worldwide.
Today, the bta first Group has a total of 12 branch offices in Switzerland and employs more than 100 business travel professionals.
To help the hard-pressed Swiss hotel industry and, at the same time, to allow the average person to have a holiday: This was the idea of Migros’ founder, Gottlieb Duttweiler, when he launched Hotelplan on 29th April 1935. “What we need to do is to try and appeal to new clients who are not in the habit of travelling”, muses Gottlieb Duttweiler. In June, the first special Hotelplan train runs to Lugano. One all-inclusive week costs 65 francs. In the first year alone, a total of 52,648 week long trips are sold.
In 2015 Hotelplan has celebrated its 80th birthday – read all about Hotelplan’s history from its foundation till today here.