Tour time: Rising tourist numbers to Australia have increased industry revenue

The Inbound Tour Operators industry is expected to grow at an annualised 6.5% over the five years through 2017-18, to $335.4 million. Inbound tour operators primarily arrange and assemble travel packages, combining various domestic tourism products such as accommodation, transport, scenic tours and meals. These packages are onsold to overseas travel wholesalers and retailers, and are subsequently purchased by international travellers. Industry revenue is largely tied to the number of inbound tourists visiting Australia. Over the past five years, the depreciation of the Australian dollar, cheaper airfares and increased inroads into overseas travel agency markets have all benefited local inbound tour more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Consumers have been changing the way they book overseas travel over the past five years
  • The rise of search websites has made it easier for overseas consumers to compare prices
  • Strong GDP growth in China will likely encourage Chinese households to spend on overseas travel
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Inbound Tour Operators industry is characterised by low capital intensity, with most operations significantly labour-oriented. As a result, for every dollar that industry operators spend on wages, only $0.04 is invested in capital. Industry operators arrange tours by packaging services such as accommodation, transport, tourist activities and meals from direct providers, and distributing these packages to travel agencies. The industry derives revenue from commissions earned on these packages. As a result, the industry requires labour to manage relationships, organise sales and arrange packages. The industry does require some capital investment in technology, such as computer systems, to efficiently manage day-to-day operations and facilitate direct sales...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Inbound Tour Operators Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Inbound Tour Operators Industry are

  • Ability to respond to market conditions
  • Having a good reputation
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as International travel to Australia and US dollars per Australian dollar in the Inbound Tour Operators industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Inbound Tour Operators Industry?

    Industry players package multi-day tour products, combining accommodation, guides, transport and other travel-related services. Industry players then onsell these packages to overseas travel wholesalers and retail travel agents to earn a commission. The industry does not include wholesalers that assemble and sell travel packages to domestic travel agents.

    Industry Products
  • Transport
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Industry Activities
  • Arranging and assembling tours
  • Tour wholesaling to international travelrs
  • Tour wholesaling to international travel agents
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • International travel to Australia
  • US dollars per Australian dollar
  • International tourist visitor nights
  • GDP of mainland China

  • Current Performance
  • Profit and participation
  • Consumer demand
  • Niche services
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Tourism opportunities
  • Industry participation
  • Challenges
  • Table: Inbound Tour Operators Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Inbound Tour Operators Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds
  • Holiday Houses, Flats and Hostels
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Long Distance Bus Transport
  • Urban Bus and Tramway Transport
  • Water Passenger Transport

  • Products & Services
  • Other
  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Meals
  • Chart: Inbound Tour Operators Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • International leisure travellers
  • International travellers visiting family and friends
  • International travellers visiting for other purposes
  • International business travellers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Inbound Tour Operators Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Inbound Tour Operators

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Inbound Tour Operators Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Inbound Tour Operators Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Inbound Tour Operators Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A traveller who is often young and on a small budget.
  • Metasearch Website
  • A website designed to quickly compare travel services and packages.
  • Package Tours
  • A holiday where multiple components of the trip are provided at an inclusive price.
  • Travel Service Provider
  • A firm that provides either an accommodation, transport or tour service.
  • Travel Website
  • A website dedicated to travel, which may feature reviews, blogs, travel ideas and recommendations.
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