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February 20, 2013 12:00 ET

TUI Education North America Appoints T.J. Donnelly at the Helm of Breakaway Tours

Former owner's return marks new era for Canada's most respected and trusted student travel specialist

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2013) - TUI Travel, a global leader in the student and leisure travel industries, announces it has entered into an agreement that sees the return of T.J. Donnelly to the presidency of Breakaway Tours.

Donnelly, who formerly owned Breakaway Tours, grew it into one of the largest student travel companies in North America, eventually selling the business to TUI Travel in 2005. After the sale, Donnelly became president of the TUI Student Travel Group of companies in Canada during which time he oversaw the acquisition and merger of five North American companies into the TUI Travel portfolio. In 2009 he retired from his role to spend more time with his young family.

"Breakaway Tours was always and remains close to my heart," said T.J. Donnelly. "Spending time away from the business these past four years has helped me discern with great clarity the areas of growth that are needed to keep Breakaway Tours at the forefront of the industry and positioned as the most trusted partner in student travel. I am very excited to partner with TUI Travel as they bring much benefit to travellers and parents, especially with such a strong global presence."

Each year, thousands of students travel with Breakaway Tours to domestic and international destinations, from spring break in the sun to ski trips to Canada's leading winter resorts. The company works with students from across Canada in delivering action-packed travel packages for organizers and their friends.

"Travelling, like life in general, requires judgment, maturity, basic precautions and planning," explains Sam Cox, MD North American Leisure at TUI Travel. "These are qualities that T.J. embodies and we are fully confident in his ability to lead Breakaway Tours well into the future. We are excited to have him back with the TUI Travel group of companies."

A seasoned and respected entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in the student market, Donnelly has built many partnerships with student organizations, companies, education partners and other organizations in Canada and the United States, providing leading-edge travel programs and promotions that benefit students and their families. In 2009, Donnelly launched Student Life Network, a company that specializes in creating and managing private online student communities as well as promotional programs that provide value to students through corporate engagement.

T.J. Donnelly is a proud father who understands the challenges parents face in helping their children make the wisest travel decisions and prepare for quality experiences abroad.

About TUI Travel

TUI Travel is a FTSE 100 leisure travel company listed on the London Stock Exchange (TT.L) with a market capitalization of approximately $4 billion and over 48,000 employees. For more information on TUI Travel, visit

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