The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and
statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.
Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special
focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their
performance. Report contents include:
Bobit Business Media
- Key statistics
- Market size and characteristics
- Current performance
- Competitive landscape
- Major companies
- Key risk and success factors
- Five-year growth forecast
Publications available from this organization include:
Monthly publication provides news and information for the chauffeured limousine and charter and tour
bus industries, with special features including the annual "Fact
Book" published in the June issue that provides a statistical overview of the charter, tour, and motorcoach
industry based on operator survey responses and other industry data sources. Digital editions of the publication
are available free online.
American Bus Association
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for the transit rail, transit bus, and motorcoach industries,
with special features including the top 50 motorcoach operator listing and survey published
in the January issue which ranks the top motorcoach companies by
fleet size and also provides break downs by type of vehicle and vehicle length. Digital editions of the
magazine are available free online.
Information resources available from this trade association include:
Bimonthly trade magazine features news and information for the motorcoach and group tour operator industries,
with topics covered in each issue including North America's best group travel destinations, state-by-state
itineraries, planning calendars, marketing and strategic insights, and association news
and events. Magazine is available in print and digital formats,
with digital edition available free online.
Facts and Stats
Facts and statistics section provides a snapshot overview of the North American motorcoach industry, with
information provided including number of companies and motorcoaches in the U.S. and Canada, types of services
provided (e.g., tour, shuttle, sightseeing, scheduled, special operations, commuter), passenger trips and
miles in total and by company fleet size, and full-time and part-time employment.
Annual study provides a detailed analysis of the motorcoach industry, with information provided in the study
including number of carriers and coaches by fleet size, passenger trips and miles by fleet size, types of
services provided, vehicle mileage and fuel consumption by fleet size, and total employment
and average employment per carrier and coach by fleet size. Current
census is available free online.
Economic impact analysis measures the economic activity generated by motorcoach companies and their passengers
on a national, state, and congressional district level, with data provided in the study including number
of jobs and total wages generated by group tour and charter operators and related spending at hotels, eating
and drinking places, retailers, and entertainment and amusement venues.
Quarterly Sales Data
Quarterly report provides detailed data on sales of new and used motorcoaches by vehicle body type (e.g.,
semi/full monocoque, unibody chassis construction; body on chassis, body on frame, or ladder type construction),
vehicle length (e.g., 30 - 40 feet, 40 - 45 feet, over 45 feet), customer sector (e.g., private, public),
and geographic vehicle source and end market (e.g., United States, Canada, other).
Industry Financial Ratios
Charter Bus Services / Tour Buses
Financial Benchmarking Data
Search for "485510" and "487110"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios,
with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
Scheduled & Charter Bus Services
(see links for individual reports)
- Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
- Cash flow analysis
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses
as a percentage of revenue for firms that provide intercity, rural,
and other long-distance passenger transportation services over regular routes and schedules and/or charter
transportation services on an as-needed contract basis for private
groups and organizations. Sample report is available online.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Charter Bus Industry / Scenic and Sightseeing Land Transportation
Annual employment and wage surveys provide hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and metropolitan
area basis for personnel employed by firms which provide these transportation services, with job occupations
covered in these surveys including charter bus and tour bus drivers, tour guides and escorts, and bus mechanics
and diesel engine specialists. All information is available free online.
Charter Bus Transportation
Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this transportation
sector such as director of operations, operations manager, coach operator, bus driver, diesel shop foreman,
diesel mechanic, and administrative assistant, with employers for which salary
or wage data is provided including Coach USA, LLC and Reston Limousine
and Travel Service, Inc.
Business Valuation Resources