Such great sights: As travel spending returns, demand for sightseeing tours will rise

The Sightseeing Transportation industry has improved over the past five years, spurred by rising demand following recessionary lows. Improving employment conditions have boosted consumer incomes and precipitated an increase in demand for recreational activities such as sightseeing tours. Consequently, industry revenue is estimated to grow over the five years to 2016. Over the five years to 2021, the industry is forecast to experience continued growth, with industry operators responding favorably and more looking to enter the market to partake in the rising demand. Despite rising total industry revenue, some industry segments are expected to experience more growth than others. ...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$4bn
Annual Growth 12-17
3.5%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
33,013
Businesses
8,552
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increased disposable income will boost demand for sightseeing transportation
  • A strong online presence and positive internet reviews are key factors for operators
  • Travel spending is projected to increase over the next five years as the economy improves
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Sightseeing Transportation industry provides a variety of ground, nautical and aerial sightseeing services to everyday consumers. Typical industry services include bus tours, whale watches, helicopter rides and locomotive excursions, as well as niche operations such as rickshaws and horse and carriage sightseeing tours. The industry has experienced strong growth over the past five years as improving economic conditions have resulted in rising levels of per capita disposable income and recreational expenditure. At the same time, travel and tourism activity has surged in recent years, as both US residents and international tourists have taken more trips within the United States. Consequently, industry revenue is estimated to increase at an annualized rate of 3.5% to $4.2 bi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sightseeing Transportation Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sightseeing Transportation Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Having a good reputation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic trips by US residents and Total recreation expenditure in the Sightseeing Transportation industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sightseeing Transportation Industry?

    Operators in this industry provide ground, nautical and aerial sightseeing transportation for everyday consumers. Examples of services include: sightseeing buses and trolleys; steam train excursions; horse-drawn sightseeing rides; helicopter rides; hot air balloon rides and boat and dinner cruises. The services provided are usually local and involve same-day return to the place of origin.

    Industry Products
  • Aerial services
  • Nautical services - excluding Cruises
  • Cruises
  • Ground services
  • Industry Activities
  • Charter fishing boat operation
  • Dinner cruises
  • Sightseeing boat operation
  • Whale-watching excursions
  • Buses, scenic and sightseeing operation
  • Cable car, land, scenic and sightseeing operation
  • Carriage, horse-drawn operation
  • Rail transportation, scenic and sightseeing operation
  • Trolley, scenic and sightseeing operation
  • Helicopter, scenic and sightseeing operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Domestic trips by US residents
  • Total recreation expenditure
  • Inbound trips by non-US residents
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Time spent on leisure and sports

  • Current Performance
  • Rising demand from tourists
  • Technology increases revenue and profit
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Improving consumer conditions
  • Online reviews and rising wages
  • Noise complaints threaten aerial operators
  • Table: Sightseeing Transportation Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sightseeing Transportation Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Tour Operators
  • Convention & Visitor Bureaus
  • Hotels & Motels
  • Tourism

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Automobile Wholesaling
  • Boat Building
  • Gasoline & Petroleum Wholesaling
  • Navigational Instrument Manufacturing
  • Train, Subway & Transit Car Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Nautical services - excluding Cruises
  • Ground services
  • Cruises
  • Aerial services
  • Other
  • Chart: Sightseeing Transportation Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 40 to 59
  • Consumers aged 25 to 39
  • Consumers aged 60 and older
  • Consumers aged 24 and under
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sightseeing Transportation Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and utilitiesDepreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sightseeing Transportation

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sightseeing Transportation Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sightseeing Transportation Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Sightseeing Transportation Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Total recreation expenditure (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Global Positioning System (Gps)
  • A device using satellites to determine the precise location of a vessel, vehicle or object.
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour
  • A type of bus tour where tourists can use their ticket to get on or off any tour bus at any of the stops along the buses' routes.
  • Trolley
  • A wheeled vehicle that runs on rails and is propelled by electricity. Trolleys can also be buses that are designed to look like trolleys.
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