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Tour Operators in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Tour Operators Market Research Report | SIC N79.120 | Mar 2016

On tour: Growth is expected despite the negative effects of a turbulent geopolitical climate

The Tour Operators market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Market Share of Companies
Thomas Cook Group plc Thomas Cook Group plc market share
TUI Travel plc TUI Travel plc market share
Virgin Holidays Limited Virgin Holidays Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Tour Operators industry includes operators that arrange, assemble and conduct tours both domestically and internationally. Tours may incorporate transportation, accommodation, food and visits to select locations or special events. Niche tour operators may specialise in certain destinations, activities or experiences.

Revenue fell at the start of the five-year period, as households continued to rein in holiday expenditure following the downturn. Although an increase in stay-at-home holidays cushioned the blow, a sharp fall in the number of UK residents booking tours overseas and a concurrent drop in the number of foreign tourists booking UK tours significantly hindered the performance of tour operators. Natural disasters and political unrest further damaged outbound tourism... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

Barriers to entry in the UK Tour Operators industry are considered to be moderate. The scale and breadth of the services many tour operators must provide poses a significant barrier to establishing a tour operator business. The requirements for the average British holidaymaker have evolved over recent years and package holidays now incorporate many different aspects of a holiday. Operators have had to make their programmes more flexible and adapt to a much more sophisticated clientele. Recruiting experienced staff with thorough knowledge of specific tour itineraries can be challenging. The level of competition in this industry is high, as many other providers already service major routes and destinations... purchase to read more


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What is the Tour Operators Industry?

Operators in the industry arrange, assemble and conduct tours in the United Kingdom and in other countries around the world. These tours can be sold directly by the operators or via travel agencies. Tours may include a combination of transportation, accommodation, food and visits to events or locations.

Industry Products
Tours for UK residents to the rest of the worldTours for UK residents to EuropeDomestic tours for overseas visitorsDomestic tours for UK residents
Industry Activities
Taking bookingsDevising and assembling tour packagesConducting toursProviding other customer services

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