A tour operator (holiday company) buys - or owns in some cases - a high volume of travel components across carriers, accommodation and services. These components are then assembled into packages for purchase by the consumer, all for one price. The packages are sold via travel agents (independent or owned) or through the phone and internet. Niche tour operators may specialise in destinations, activities and experiences or a combination thereof.
Open to companies and brands that:
Holidays that include facilities and entertainment programmes for children. Companies offering UK only products should enter in the UK/Domestic Holidays & Attractions sector.
Holidays featuring upscale to luxury accommodation (see Hotels & Accommodation for reference) - generally 5 star and above, scheduled flights, private transfers etc.
Holidays that - along with flights, transfers and accommodation - include a minimum of three meals daily, beverages, most alcoholic drinks and gratuities plus a range of sports, activities and entertainment within the holiday price.
Holidays and group tours for single traveller where customers have the opportunity to mix and socialise with like-minded people.
Holidays desgned specifically for the LGBT community where packages have been developed to gay-friendly destinations and resorts.
Holidays and group tours designed specifically for people with sensory disabilities or restricted mobility.
European and overseas holidays that can include wedding organiser services within the holiday price.
Package holidays for special interest groups e.g. culture, arts and crafts, music, history, culinary etc.
Customer participation holidays e.g. cycling, diving, golf, riding, sailing, sports, swimming, trekking etc.
Holidays for skiing, snowboarding and winter sports enthusiasts. Chalet and accommodation companies who offer transport booked via a third party should enter Best Chalet/Winter Sports Accommodation Provider in the Hotels & Accommodation sector.
Holidays and tours where travellers are escorted in a group to various destinations and places of interest.
"Off the beaten track" holidays and tours to remote or extreme locations accompanied by professional guides.
Holidays involving coach transport, inclusive of accommodation, can be single or multi-centred destinations and usually include excursions.
Escorted holidays and tours involving rail transport, inclusive of accommodation and usually include excursions.
Holidays to European and overseas destinations with facilities for camping and caravanning, glamping, lodge, holiday park accommodation etc. Companies offering UK only products
should enter in the UK/Domestic Holidays & Attractions sector.
Holidays where the primary goal is watching wildlife in their natural habitat. Types of safari can vary from small, seasonal tented camps to large permanent structures. Viewing can be done on foot, horseback, in vehicles or by boat depending on the terrain.