2020 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

Continental Europe and overseas holidays that include facilities and entertainment programmes for children.

A02 - Best Luxury  Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas holidays featuring upscale to luxury accommodation (STR market class analysis: Luxury and upper upscale), scheduled flights, private transfers etc.

A03 - Best All-inclusive Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas holidays that 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

Continental Europe and overseas holidays and group tours for single travellers.

A05 - Best Weddings and Honeymoons Holiday Company

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

A06 - Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas holidays and tours where travellers are escorted in a group to various destinations and places of interest.

A07 - Best Coach Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas holidays involving coach transport, inclusive of accommodation; can be single or multi-centred destinations and usually include excursions.

A08 - Best Rail Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas holidays and tours involving rail transport, inclusive of accommodation and usually include excursions.

A09 - Best Camping and Mobile Holiday Company

Holidays to Continental Europe and overseas destinations with facilities for camping and caravanning, glamping, lodge, holiday park accommodation etc.

A10 - Best Escorted Adventure Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas "off the beaten track" holidays and tours to remote or extreme locations.

A11 - Best Ski & Winter Sports Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas skiing, snowboarding and winter sports holidays. Chalet/accommodation only providers should enter in the Accommodation and Hotels sector.

A12 - Best Safari, Wildlife and Nature Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas holidays where the primary goal is viewing flora and fauna in their natural habitat.

A13 - Best Special Interest Holiday Company

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

A14 - Best Activity/Sports Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas customer participation holidays e.g. cycling,  golf, riding, sailing, sports, swimming, trekking, yachting etc.

A15 - Best Student Activity/ Educational Holiday Company

Continental and overseas supervised group holidays for young people and teenagers. If the holiday provider offers programmes to people under the age of 16, parents or guardians can vote on their behalf.

A16 - Best LGBTQ+ Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas holidays desgned specifically for the LGBTQ+ community.

A17 - Best Assisted/Accessible Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas holidays and group tours designed specifically for people with sensory disabilities or restricted mobility.

A18 - Best Faith Tourism Travel Company

Continental Europe and overseas tour itineraries to destinations and events of significant religious and spiritual importance.

A19 - Best Health and Wellbeing Holiday Company

Continental Europe and overseas holidays to resorts offering spa and fitness facilities and mindfulness activities.

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