Tour Operators in the UK: Market Research Report

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

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IBISWorld’s Tour Operators market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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 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 Investment Chapter

The industry has a moderate degree of capital intensity, but this is more to do with low wage costs than particularly high capital expenditure. Capital intensity also varies considerably within the industry depending on the type of tours a business offers and the extent to which the organisation owns or leases equipment. In recent years, operators have invested in developing their online presence and booking systems, which has substantially increased depreciation expenses. Wage costs remain greater than industry depreciation expenses, but labour needs are limited for tour operators. Guides are needed to lead tours and administrative staff are required to take bookings, but many other roles are contracted out, easing pressures on the industry stemming from labour expense... 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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