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Charter & Tour Bus Services – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 4142 & 4119  |  NAICS 485510 & 487110

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

See the following sections listed below to view available resources by category:

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Scheduled & Charter Bus Services  (view report)
Sightseeing Transportation  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Bobit Business Media
Metro Magazine

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.

American Bus Association
Resources available from this trade association include:

Destinations Magazine
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.

The Insider / Bus Bulletin / bus-bulletin-archive
Weekly e-newsletter and biweekly bulletin provides news and information for bus and tour operators, travel partners, manufacturers, suppliers, policy-makers, and others in the motorcoach, tourism, and travel industries, with topics covered ranging from legislation and regulation to helping you grow your business. Free subscriptions are available upon request, and recent issues are available free online.

Motorcoach Census
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
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).

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Charter Bus Services / Tour Buses  Search for "485510" and "487110" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Charter Bus Services / Tour Buses  Search for "485510" and "487110" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Scheduled & Charter Bus Services
(see links for individual reports)

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.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Charter Bus Industry / Scenic and Sightseeing Land Transportation / tour

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.

PayScale, Inc.
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.

BV Guides and Databases

Private company sales transaction data for over 900 industries.

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