Touching down: The weak pound has dented demand for overseas tours, limiting growth

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 specialise in certain destinations, activities or experiences. Economic conditions in the United Kingdom have a significant effect on industry demand, as spending on travel and tourism is considered to be a luxury and therefore consumers cut back on this type of spending when their finances are constrained.Though consumer confidence has declined for the majority of the past five-year period, industry revenue has grown year on year, benefiting from growth in disposable more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Despite falling consumer confidence, rising disposable income has supported growth
  • The ease of comparing prices online has put pressure on tour operators to lower their prices
  • Investment in online booking systems is expected to help control costs, allowing firms to offer lower prices
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Spending on travel and tourism is considered to be a luxury. Therefore, when consumers feel they have little money to spend, they are likely to cut back on travel expenditure first. Subsequently, economic conditions in the United Kingdom have a significant effect on demand for the Tour Operators industry. Improving economic conditions and a rebounding job market supported industry growth over much of the past five-year period, with unemployment falling from over the four years through 2017-18, propelling industry demand. Real household disposable income is also expected to have risen overall during the past five years, despite declining slightly in 2016-17, as the economy recovered from the global financial crisis. Des...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Tour Operators Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Tour Operators Industry are

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Having a good reputation
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Outbound tourism by UK residents and Consumer confidence index in the Tour Operators industry impact industry performance..

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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 world
  • Tours for UK residents to Europe
  • Domestic tours for overseas visitors
  • Domestic tours for UK residents
  • Industry Activities
  • Taking bookings
  • Devising and assembling tour packages
  • Conducting tours
  • Providing other customer services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Outbound tourism by UK residents
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Demand from travel agencies
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Total domestic tourism
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Travel trends
  • Unforeseen events
  • Tapping into online markets
  • Profit challenges
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Turbulent costs
  • Domestic versus overseas
  • Adventurous assistance
  • Emerging markets
  • Table: Tour Operators Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Tour Operators Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Travel Agencies

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Hotels
  • Non-Scheduled Passenger Air Transport
  • Performing Arts
  • Sports Facilities

  • Products & Services
  • Tours for UK residents to Europe
  • Domestic tours for UK residents
  • Tours for UK residents to the rest of the world
  • Domestic tours for overseas visitors
  • Chart: Tour Operators Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged between 35 and 49
  • People aged 34 and under
  • People aged between 50 and 64
  • People aged 65 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Tour Operators Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Tour Operators

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Tour Operators Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    TUI Travel Ltd, Thomas Cook Group plc, Virgin Holidays Limited,
  • Table: TUI Travel Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Thomas Cook Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Virgin Holidays Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Tour Operators Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Tour Operators Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Package Holiday
  • A holiday where multiple components are provided at an inclusive price.
  • Staycation
  • A holiday spent in the holidaymaker's own country.
  • Toms
  • The Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme. The margin between the cost of tour components and the price charged to the consumer.
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