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NTA Tour Operators Offer Diverse Product Market for Consumers

June 16, 2005

NTA Tour Operators Offer Diverse Product Market for Consumers
June 16, 2005 – According to recent research from the National Tour Association, tour operator members are meeting the demands of today’s diverse traveler. NTA tour operators continue to adapt their businesses to remain dynamic and relevant in today’s changing industry by offering a broad range of products for customers.


In a Web-based quarterly study of tour operator business conducted by NTA, results show that nearly all NTA tour operator companies (96 percent) offer escorted group tours. More than half of operators (51 percent) offer one-day sightseeing tours, with the same number offering receptive services to other tour operators. Nearly half (49 percent) of companies offer independent packages – a 26 percent increase over 2003.


While 35 percent of companies offer sightseeing tours as a component of conferences/conventions, 18 percent of companies are involved with any or all of the components of meeting planning.


Additionally, 15 percent of companies offer an independent charter service with their own motorcoaches to groups other than the ones traveling on their regular group tours.


"The diverse product market of the NTA tour operator is an example of how our members live out the association’s proud heritage, while continuing to offer variety in this dynamic marketplace," NTA President Hank Phillips, CTP said. "NTA is an association where tradition and progress meet."


The National Tour Association is an organization of nearly 4,000 tourism professionals involved in the growth and development of the packaged travel industry. NTA comprises members from 28 countries and is committed to providing business results and information to its members, while offering a collaborative, caring environment in which to build relationships. For more information, please visit



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