Tour Operators in the UK: Market Research Report

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Tour Operators Market Research Report | SIC N79.120 | Feb 2015

Moving forward: The industry benefits from economic recovery and spending on tourism

IBISWorld’s Tour Operators market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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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. Niche tour operators may specialise in certain destinations, activities or experiences.

Industry revenue fell substantially during the first half of the past five years, as a result of recessionary contraction. Tightened disposable income, a weakened pound and a lack of consumer confidence all hampered demand for holidaying. Although an increase in stay-at-home holidays cushioned the blow, tour operators were significantly hindered by a sharp fall in the number of UK residents booking tours overseas and the number of foreign tourists booking UK tours... purchase to read more

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UK tour operators have faced a tough past five years. In the years after the recession, global economic pressures and increased employment uncertainty hampered performance and induced volatility. Demand for industry services was dented, as the internet allowed customers to arrange, assemble and book packages independently of mainstream operators. More recently however, the industry has been strengthening as a result of the ‘staycation' phenomenon, in addition to a recent upsurge in demand for holiday packages abroad, in line with a strengthened pound.

Despite significant contractions in revenue during 2010-11 and 2011-12, the industry is expected to bounce back and post a compound annual growth rate of 0.6% for the five years through 2014-15, reaching £12.3 billion... 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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