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Tour Operators

SIC 4725 | NAICS 561520

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Tour Operators  (view report)
Travel Agencies  (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

Courier Magazine

Monthly trade association publication features news and information for tour operators and suppliers and destination marketing organizations, with topics addressed in this publication including business trends, travel destinations, product development insights, case studies, legislative issues, and NTA news, activities, and events. Current and prior digital editions of the magazine are available online.

Travel Agencies & 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

Publications available from this trade association include:

Packaged Travel Index
Semiannual survey conducted by Research Now monitors the current and future traveling plans of U.S. residents with a passport and planning to take a trip or vacation in the next twelve months, with topics addressed in the survey including outlook for future traveling plans, participant attitudes and preferences, destinations and number of trips planned, and top reasons for traveling internationally.

Member Survey
Annual survey of active tour operator members provides insights on current trends and expectations for the year ahead, with topics covered in the survey including sales and passenger trends, staffing levels, travel agents as a source of business, key factors in consumer travel purchasing decisions, emerging destinations, and the growing importance of social media channels in marketing efforts.

Economic Impact Study
Biennial study of active tour operator members conducted by PwC measures the economic impact of this group in terms of sales and employment, with topics covered in the study including sales and employment trends and expectations for the year ahead, customer demographics and preferences, top destinations for travelers, and growing demand for experiential and culturally immersive tours.

PhoCusWright, Inc.
U.S. Online Travel Overview Report

Packaged travel section of this comprehensive annual study addresses key aspects of this segment of the U.S. travel market, with topics covered in this section including key findings, market overview and sizing, travel agent distribution, and online travel agents (OTAs) versus tour operator websites. Summary description, survey methodology, and detailed table of contents are available free online.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Tour Operators  Search for "561520"

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

Tour Operators
(see links for individual reports)

Financial information section of this profile provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue for companies that are engaged in assembling and arranging package and custom tours for groups and individuals, with amenities offered typically including guides, lodging, meals, sightseeing expeditions, attraction and event tickets, and requisite transportation services.

RMA Annual Statement Studies
Tour Operators  Search for "561520"

Annual financial statement analysis includes common-size income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios for firms that arrange, assemble, market, and conduct packaged and customized tours for groups and individuals, with tour packages often including lodging accommodations, meals, sightseeing trips, tickets to events and attractions, and requisite air, ground, or water transportation.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Compensation resources available from this organization include:

Tour Operator
Free online service provides salary and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this service sector such as operations manager, marketing manager, sales and marketing coordinator, and tour guide, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, Collette Travel Service, Inc., Explorica, Inc., Gate 1 Travel, Ltd., and The Mark Travel Corporation.

Adventure Travel Tours
Free online service provides salary and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this service sector such as marketing  director, product development coordinator, sales consultant, and tour guide, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Grand Circle Corporation, TCS Expeditions, EF Education First, Wordstrides International, LLC, and Worldventures Holdings, LLC.

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