Tour Operator

Introduction

A Tour Operator typically combines tour and travel components to create a holiday. They prepare Itinerary. The most common example of a tour operator's product would be a flight on a charter airline plus a transfer from the airport to a hotel and the services of a local representative, all for one price. Niche tour operators may specialise in destinations, e.g. Italy, activities and experiences, e.g. skiing, or a combination thereof. The original raison d'etre of tour operating was the difficulty of making arrangements in far-flung places, with problems of language, currency and communication. The advent of the internet has led to a rapid increase in self-packaging of holidays. However, tour operators still have their competence in arranging tours for those who do not have time to do DIY holidays, and specialize in large group events and meetings such as conferences or seminars. Also, tour operators still exercise contracting power with suppliers (airlines, hotels, other land arrangements, cruises, etc.) and influence over other entities (tourism boards and other government authorities) in order to create packages and special departures for destinations otherwise difficult and expensive to visit.

The total number of approved service providers of Travel Trade by Ministry of Tourism till December 2012:-
Category Till 31 Dec'2012
Inbound Tour Operators 435
Travel Agents 282
Tourist Transport Operators 131
Domestic Tour Operators 071
Adventure Tour Operators 030
Total 949