Tour Operators in the UK: Market Research Report

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Tour Operators Market Research Report | SIC N79.120 | Mar 2014

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IBISWorld’s Tour Operators market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
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 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Tour Operators industry includes enterprises that arrange, assemble and conduct tours both domestically and internationally. Tours may incorporate transportation, accommodation, food and visits to events or locations. The industry has faced both structural and economic challenges over the five years through 2013-14. As a result, industry revenue has fallen substantially. With significant economic uncertainty, fewer UK residents booked tours overseas, while the number of foreign tourists booking UK tours also fell. A combination of weak household disposable income growth and plummeting consumer confidence led to fewer trips being made abroad and a switch to cheaper destinations... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

The geographic distribution of tour operators across the United Kingdom is determined by the distribution of major tourist attractions, the population, disposable income and businesses in the wider travel industry.


London contains about 28% of industry establishments. The area has the second-highest share of the population, one of the highest levels of disposable incomes and contains five international passenger airports. It is therefore an attractive location for tour operators organising overseas travel. Many larger tour operators that have offices across the United Kingdom have their headquarters in London... 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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