Tour Operators in the UK: Market Research Report

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

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IBISWorld’s Tour Operators market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Tour Operators industry includes firms that arrange, assemble and conduct tours both domestically and internationally. Tours may incorporate transportation, accommodation, food and visits to select locations or special events. The industry has faced both operational and economic challenges over the five years through 2014-15. Industry revenue fell substantially in the first half of the past five years as economic adversity introduced financial insecurity that hampered demand for holidaymaking. Economic uncertainty meant fewer UK residents booking tours overseas, while the number of foreign tourists booking UK tours also fell. A... 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 poses 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 provisions, the costs can rapidly mount. 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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