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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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 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 - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Tour Operators industry is comprised of an estimated 1,745 different enterprises, which vary from sole operators in niche locations or markets to larger companies with broader product offerings. According to figures from the ONS, 80.3% of enterprises classified in the industry employed fewer than 10 people in 2013, whereas only 2% employed more than 100 people. This indicates the large share of the industry accounted for by small operators.

Concentration in the Tour Operators industry is quite low, partly because firms are scattered across the United Kingdom and partly because their tours cater to such a range of customers... 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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