Tour Operators in the UK: Market Research Report

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

Happy touring: Industry operators should benefit from higher 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 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Tour Operators industry includes operators 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 in the first few years of the five-year period through 2015-16, as households continued to reign in holiday expenditure following the downturn. 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

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Tour Operators industry is comprised of an estimated 1,865 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, 78.7% of establishments classified in the industry employed fewer than 10 people in 2014. This demonstrates the large share of the industry accounted for by small operators. Following the troubles of the economic downturn, consumers have developed lower brand loyalty, which means they are now more likely to shop around for the best deal on a relatively cheap holiday. This is expected to have stimulated competition in the industry. In addition, the staycation phenomenon has acted to maintain competition in the short break market... 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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