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Charter and Tour Bus Services

SIC 4142 & 4119 | NAICS 485510 & 487110

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Scheduled & Charter Bus Services  (view report)
Sightseeing Transportation  (view report)

Comprehensive market 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. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Luxury Coach & Transportation
LCT Magazine

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.

Bus Transportation Services

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

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
Information 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.

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.

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).


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Charter Bus Services / Tour Buses  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.

  • 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

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.

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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.

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