2020 Package Holidays & Tours to Destinations

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.

A20 - Best Holiday Company to Western Europe & Ireland

Example destinations: Belgium, Channel Islands, France, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland.

A21 - Best Holiday Company to Central & Northern Europe

Example destinations: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland.

A22 - Best Holiday Company to East & Southeast Europe

Example destinations: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Northern Cyprus, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey.

A23 - Best Holiday Company to the Iberian Peninsula & Islands

Example destinations: Azores, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Gibraltar, Madeira, Portugal, Spain.

A24 - Best Holiday Company to the Italian Peninsula & Islands

Example destinations: Corsica, Italy, Malta, Sardinia, Sicily.

A25 - Best Holiday Company to Hellenic Europe

Example destinations: Corfu, Crete, Cyprus, Greece, Greek Islands.

A26 - Best Holiday Company to the USA

A27 - Best Holiday Company to Canada

A28 - Best Holiday Company to the Caribbean & Bermuda

Example destinations: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia.

A29 - Best Holiday Company to Central & South America

Example destinations: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Galapagos, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela.

A30 - Best Holiday Company to North Africa

Example destinations: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia.

A31 - Best Holiday Company to Sub-Saharan Africa

Example destinations: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, The Gambia, Zambia.

A32 - Best Holiday Company to the Middle East

Example destinations: Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon. Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

A33 - Best Holiday Company to Australasia

Example destinations: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga.

A34 - Best Holiday Company to Southern Asia

Example destinations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan.

A35 - Best Tour Operator to Southeast Asia

Example destinations: Cambodia, Indonesian, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

A36 - Best Holiday Company to East & Central Asia

Example destinations: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Tibet.

A37 - Best Holiday Company to the Indian Ocean

Example destinations: Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Ski Lanka, Zanzibar.

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