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 is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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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

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Products and services have been segmented based on the chosen location of purchased tour packages. The majority of revenue is derived from the mainstream business sector, which incorporates a wide range of holiday packages directed at the general consumer market. Many tour operators also focus on specialist packages and activity oriented packages, although this contributes a smaller amount to industry revenue. These operators provide cycling, skiing, sailing, mountain biking and hiking oriented tours, in addition to many other unique travel experiences.

Tours for UK residents to Europe

Package tours to Europe account for the largest proportion of expenditure by UK residents, at an estimated 45.6% of total revenue... 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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