2019 Package Holidays & Tours by Holiday Type

Tour Operator - Definition

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.


Entry criteria


Open to companies and brands that:

  • Offer land based package holidays (Cruise holiday operators should enter the Cruise Lines & Ferries sector. Travel retailers should enter the Holiday Planning & Booking Sources sector).
  • Have valid ATOL protection and display on the CAA website authorised passengers for the year of the licence holder's current licence.
  • OR, provide customer protection in the event of company failure via a recognised bonding or insurance scheme.

A01 - Best Family Holiday Company

Holidays that include facilities and entertainment programmes for children. Companies offering UK only products should enter in the UK/Domestic Holidays & Attractions sector.

A02 - Best Luxury  Holiday Company

Holidays featuring upscale to luxury accommodation (see Hotels & Accommodation for reference) - generally 5 star and above, scheduled flights, private transfers etc.

A03 - Best All-inclusive Holiday Company

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.

A04 - Best Singles Holiday Company

Holidays and group tours for single traveller where customers have the opportunity to mix and socialise with like-minded people.

A05 - Best LGBT Holiday Company

Holidays desgned specifically for the LGBT community where packages have been developed to gay-friendly destinations and resorts.

A06 - Best Assisted/Accessible Holiday Company

Holidays and group tours designed specifically for people with sensory disabilities or restricted mobility.

A07 - Best Weddings & Honeymoons Holiday Company

European and overseas holidays that can include wedding organiser services within the holiday price.

A08 - Best Special Interest Holiday Company

Package holidays for special interest groups e.g. culture, arts and crafts, music, history, culinary etc.

A09 - Best Activity/Sports Holiday Company

Customer participation holidays e.g. cycling, diving, golf, riding, sailing, sports, swimming, trekking etc.

A10 - Best Ski & Winter Sports Holiday Company

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.

A11 - Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company

Holidays and tours where travellers are escorted in a group to various destinations and places of interest.

A12 - Best Escorted Adventure Holiday Company

"Off the beaten track" holidays and tours to remote or extreme locations accompanied by professional guides.

A13 - Best Coach Holiday Company

Holidays involving coach transport, inclusive of accommodation, can be single or multi-centred destinations and usually include excursions.

A14 - Best Rail Holiday Company

Escorted holidays and tours involving rail transport, inclusive of accommodation and usually include excursions.

A15 - Best Camping & Mobile Holiday Company

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.

A16 - Best Safari, Wildlife and Nature Holiday Company

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.

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