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Tour Operators in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Tour Operators Market Research Report | SIC N79.120 | Feb 2017

Slight turbulence: Revenue is expected to fall in the current year due economic uncertainty

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 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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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.

Revenue fell prior to the five-year period through 2016-17, as households continued to rein in holiday expenditure following the downturn. However, the industry has rebounded over the past five  years, benefiting from the economic recovery and an increase in spending on tourism. This is expected to result in the industry growing at a compound annual rate of 1.6% over the five years through 2016-17... 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. Des.. 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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