Other important milestones in the history of the ROBINSON Club
The first resort to be entirely conceived by ROBINSON opens in Kenya in 1974. In 1989, ROBINSON becomes a 100% subsidiary of TUI. In 2000 ROBINSON opens a club in Germany for the first time. ROBINSON expands its portfolio to 21 locations in 2008. In 2012, ROBINSON continues its expansion and welcomes three new resorts into the ROBINSON family. The number of employees grows steadily, now there are about 4500 worldwide!
1993: The ROBIN is born
Our employees’ great sense of community is certainly also based on the shared name: The term “ROBIN” first appears in 1993 in a workshop with Thomas Ulrich, the personnel manager at that time. Today all ROBINS worldwide carry that name, regardless of which club they work in and in what job. The ROBINS have also consistently worn the colors white and blue since 1995.
The fields of work keep growing
The currently eight different specialized fields (fields of work) have developed historically. At the beginning, there were sports activities (gymnastics, water gymnastics, volleyball, bocce, dart, shuffleboard), children’s entertainment, tennis, water sports, diving, and in the evening came our shows. The field of Wellness & Fitness, for example, was only added in the 1990s. The offers for the guests and therefore also the amenities for the ROBINSON employees are increasing over time. By now people with a wide range of qualifications and skills are working for us – a colorful mix of talents!
Finding “types”: a history of recruitment
While most of the applicants now find us on the Internet and we accept only online applications, this was quite different at first. We placed lots of classified ads in the major newspapers. In order to find various “types”, as we called it back then, we also advertised in various city magazines, such as Zitty-Berlin and Pflasterstrand Frankfurt. In 1986 we started with the casting events, which are still a solid part of our recruitment process.
“When I was hired in 1979, I had an appointment with Claus Finger, the founder of entertainment, as we used to call this department. It was at ROBINSON in his office, which was completely filled with smoke. He must have smoked about 80 cigarettes per day,” recalls Dr. Andreas "Olli" Oltrogge – now club director at the ROBINSON Club Soma Bay in Egypt... How times have changed!