HanseMerkur Reiseversicherung AG (HMR) is Germany's second-largest travel insurer, with a market share of 20 per cent.
This long-established Hamburg company has its roots in health insurance. Its forerunners – Hanseatische Krankenversicherung VVaG and Hanse-Krankenschutz VVaG – were founded back in 1875. This makes HanseMerkur the second-oldest private health insurer in Germany. Long before HMR was established as a separate company, HanseMerkur was already selling travel insurance products. Its product portfolio now encompasses health insurance, accident insurance, private and occupational pension schemes, and risk cover for the domestic and international market.
The size and structure of the company enables its employees to respond to the demands of customers quickly and flexibly – and with great success, too: HMR has experienced remarkable growth in recent years. Its products consistently receive top marks from independent analysts. Mutually beneficial partnerships with tour operators and travel agencies have also contributed to its success.
"Looking after children means looking after the future". This is the philosophy behind the HanseMerkur Award for Child Protection, currently endowed with €50,000, which has been presented by the HanseMerkur insurance group every year since 1981. The prizes acknowledges individuals, groups, associations and initiatives whose remarkable voluntary activities improve the welfare of ill, disabled or socially disadvantaged children.