DER Touristik

Frese steps down and Rotter moves up

The long-serving head of DER Touristik’s specialist holidays unit Michael Frese has retired with widespread praise after 45 years in the German tourism business.

The 65-year-old, who has managed Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen and ADAC Reisen – known as DER Touristik’s ‘modular travel’ division – for the last 12 years, officially retired on May 28. The three brands comprise DER Touristik Frankfurt, one of the two divisions of Germany’s second largest tour operator group alongside the package holidays division DER Touristik Cologne.

DER CEO Sören Hartmann praised the outgoing divisional chief warmly, saying: “Michael Frese has made modular travel into a term for the entire industry and successfully positioned Dertour as the market leader in this segment.” He also highlighted Frese’s successful integration of long-haul tour operator Meier’s Weltreisen.

The new management team at DER Touristik Frankfurt now comprises managing director René Herzog, tourism director Matthias Rotter and financial director Klaus Franke. Rotter, previously head of Meier’s Weltreisen, is therefore now also responsible for the larger Dertour brand and the ADAC Reisen offering.