Tour Operators in the UK: Market Research Report

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

Feeling adventurous: Operators targeting niche markets are likely to fare best over the coming years

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 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 - Starting a New Business Chapter

Barriers to entry in the UK Tour Operators industry are considered to be moderate. The scale and breadth of services many tour operators must provide pose a significant barrier to establishing a tour operator business. 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.

Initial investment costs can vary from very little in some instances to millions of pounds in others. If the intended tours involve boats, aeroplanes or other expensive equipment, the costs can rapidly accumulate. The industry is subject to a number of regulations that a new company must abide by to provide package holidays... 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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