The UK air inclusive-tour industry: a reassessment of the competitive positioning of the 'independent' sector

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58398
Title:
The UK air inclusive-tour industry: a reassessment of the competitive positioning of the 'independent' sector
Authors:
Evans, N. G. (Nigel)
Affiliation:
University of Northumbria. Newcastle Business School. Centre for Travel and Tourism.
Citation:
Evans, N. G. (2001) 'The UK air inclusive-tour industry: a reassessment of the competitive positioning of the 'independent' sector', International Journal of Tourism Research, 3 (6), pp.477-491.
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
International Journal of Tourism Research
Issue Date:
Nov-2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58398
DOI:
10.1002/jtr.336
Abstract:
This paper investigates the increasing concentration in the UK air inclusive-tour (AIT) market and the behaviour of the dominant companies (Thomson, Airtours, First Choice and Thomas Cook) operating in the sector. Arguments relating to the theoretical organisational structure of the industry are explored and regulatory investigations that have taken place are discussed. Research evidence as to the competitive position of independent tour operators in the overall UK AIT market is provided. The research indicates that a key area of difficulty for the independent sector relates to the provision of charter airline capacity although access to distribution channels and the ability to contract accommodation are viewed as further concerns. The paper concludes that regulatory authorities are faced with trying to ensure that diversity is maintained while at the same time ensuring any economies of scale derived from consolidation of the sector are passed on to consumers. In order to properly understand the true effects of industrial concentration the assembled package must be dissembled into its component parts and an increasingly a pan-European perspective is necessary.
Type:
Article
Keywords:
tour operators; industrial organisation; regulation; air inclusive-tour; AIT; competitive position
ISSN:
1522-1970
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 12/01/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 12/01/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorEvans, N. G. (Nigel)-
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T10:51:03Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-01T10:51:03Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Tourism Research; 3 (6): 477-491-
dc.identifier.issn1522-1970-
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/jtr.336-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/58398-
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates the increasing concentration in the UK air inclusive-tour (AIT) market and the behaviour of the dominant companies (Thomson, Airtours, First Choice and Thomas Cook) operating in the sector. Arguments relating to the theoretical organisational structure of the industry are explored and regulatory investigations that have taken place are discussed. Research evidence as to the competitive position of independent tour operators in the overall UK AIT market is provided. The research indicates that a key area of difficulty for the independent sector relates to the provision of charter airline capacity although access to distribution channels and the ability to contract accommodation are viewed as further concerns. The paper concludes that regulatory authorities are faced with trying to ensure that diversity is maintained while at the same time ensuring any economies of scale derived from consolidation of the sector are passed on to consumers. In order to properly understand the true effects of industrial concentration the assembled package must be dissembled into its component parts and an increasingly a pan-European perspective is necessary.-
dc.publisherWiley-
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 12/01/2010]-
dc.subjecttour operators-
dc.subjectindustrial organisation-
dc.subjectregulation-
dc.subjectair inclusive-tour-
dc.subjectAIT-
dc.subjectcompetitive position-
dc.titleThe UK air inclusive-tour industry: a reassessment of the competitive positioning of the 'independent' sector-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Northumbria. Newcastle Business School. Centre for Travel and Tourism.-
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Tourism Research-
ref.assessmentRAE 2008-
ref.citationcount0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 12/01/2010]-
or.citation.harvardEvans, N. G. (2001) 'The UK air inclusive-tour industry: a reassessment of the competitive positioning of the 'independent' sector', International Journal of Tourism Research, 3 (6), pp.477-491.-
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