:Unit 14–Tour Operations Management

BUSINESS AND COMPUTING

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Course:EDEXCEL BTEC

Group:   Edexcel HNDTTM Group 

Module:Unit 14–Tour Operations Management

Module type:  Optional Unit

Module Code:T/601/1753

Module Credit: 15

Teaching Period: (15 weeks)

QCF Level: 4

Contact  Hours: (15*3 = 45)

Lectures:  12 weeks

Feedback and assignment guidance: 2 weeks

Lecturer:      

Start date:

Day:   Fridays

Time: 10H00 – 13H00

Room:         TBC at Lords House Campus

Term: Winter Term

 

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

 MODULE OUTLINE AND TEACHING METHODS

 READING AND COURSE PREPRATION

 LECTURE WITH DETAILED COURSE PROGRAMME AND OBJECTIVES

 ASSESSMENT DETAILS

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 INTRODUCTION

 

Learners will investigate the tour operators industry of the travel and tourism sector, including the different types of operator, their products and services, the scale of the industry and how it has been affected by trends and developments. Management issues will be covered by examining strategic and tactical decision making in order to develop learners’ decision-making skills.

 

Learners will explore the stages involved in creating a holiday and develop skills associated with determining a selling price for a holiday from given information.

The role of the brochure will be reviewed against the introduction of new methods of promoting holidays. Learners will also review distribution methods used by tour operators to sell holidays, including the traditional use of travel agencies and the emergence of methods such as the internet and television.

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Aim:

 This unit enables learners to gain understanding of the tour operators industry, the stages involved in creating holidays, brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays, strategic and tactical decision making

 

 Key Objectives:

 

LO 1. To understand the tour operators industry within the travel and tourism sector

LO 2. To understand stages involved in creating holidays

LO 3. To be able to review brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays

LO 4 . To understand strategic and tactical decision making for tour operators.

 

Learning Outcomes and assessment criteria:

 

LO1Understand the tour operators industry within the travel and tourism sector

P1.1 –   Analyse the effects of current and recent trends and developments on the tour operators industry.

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LO2. Understand stages involved in creating holidays:

P.2.1 Assess the stages and timescales involved in developing holidays

P.2.2 Evaluate the suitability of different methods of contracting for different components of the holiday and different types of tour operator
  1. 2.3 Calculate the selling price of a holiday from given information.

 

LO3.  Be able to review brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays

 

P.3.1- Evaluate the planning decisions taken for the design of a selected brochure

 

P.3.2 Assess the suitability of alternatives to a traditional brochure for different types of tour operator 

 

P.3.3 Evaluate the suitability of different methods of distribution used to sell a holiday for different types of tour operator

 

LO4. P4. Understand strategic and tactical decision making for tour operators

 
  1. 4.1 Evaluate the strategic decisions made by different types of tour operator


 

P.4.2 Compare the tactical decisions that could be taken by a selected tour operator in different situations

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Indicative content guideline of the module and for the completion of the Assignment:

 

LO 1 Understand the tour operators industry within the travel and tourism sector

 

Tour operators: as defined by EU Package Travel Directive; different types of tour operatorsincluding outbound operators, domestic operators, incoming operators, specialist operators,direct sell operators

 Industry: identification of major tour operators including their origins, ownership, marketsegments, competition, identification of specific operators within each category; scale egnumber of passengers carried, market share, turnover; products and services to meetdifferent markets; vertical and horizontal integration in leading operators; impact ofintegration; European and global links; trends to include changing trends in holidays (eg massmarket tourism to customisation, product range, all-inclusive holidays), expansion of thecruise market; environmental awareness of tour operators, responsible tourism; effect ofeconomy and other external factors eg discounting, emergence of e-commerce, budget

airlines;

The role of trade bodies including The Travel Association (ABTA), Association ofIndependent Tour Operators (AITO), Federation of Tour Operators (FTO), UKinbound, the UKCivil Aviation Authority (CAA)

LO 2 Understand stages involved in creating holidays

Stages: steps eg market research; planning and scheduling; forecasting; contracting egallocation, commitment, ad hoc, time series charters, split charters, ad hoc chartering,scheduled services, using air brokers; costing the holiday (fixed and variable costs, direct andindirect costs, load factors, mark-up, profit margins, seasonal flexing, competitive pricing,

skimming, special offers, discounting strategies, currency exchange eg forward buying ofcurrency, interest earning, cash flow); timescales.

LO 3 Be able to review brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays

Brochures: recognition of the planning issues including deciding the format (content,structure, style, paper quality, size), based on product, target market and budget, determiningprint specifications, print run, multiple editions; timescales and stages of production includingcreative brief, copywriting, proofing, colour proof, printing; brochure launch; recognition oflegal implications; other formats eg CD, video, internet, intranet, television; examination ofdistribution channels eg direct mail, specialist carriers, haulier, consolidated deliverycompanies, travel agencies, intensive/selective distribution systems; racking agreements

Methods of distribution: methods eg direct sell, agencies, call centres, internet, teletext,telephone.

LO 4 Understand the strategic and tactical decision making for tour operators

Strategic: examination of strategic decisions eg volume, pricing strategies, surcharge policy,positioning and image/branding, choice of product in relation to customer portfolio,distribution decisions; investment funded by capitalisation eg cruise ships and aircraft

Tactical: responses eg triggered by competition, price wars, external factors; decisionseg fluid pricing, yield management, maximising occupancy of contracted beds, utilisation ofcoach and aircraft seats, consolidations; tactical marketing eg discounting, late sales

Programme Specification

Accrediting Body:  EDEXCEL

Course: BTEC HND IN TRAVEL AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT                   

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WkLecture ScheduleOutcome of sessionBy the end of the session learners are expected to be able to:Activity/seminar and formative assessmentResources
1Introduction to the course programmeIntroduction to the LO 1 Understand the tour operators industry within the travel and tourism sectorMode of assessment, awareness of the awarding body,  assessment criteria and the mode of assessment 

Define tour operators

Define a  tour package defined by EU Package Travel Directive;

Identify and explain different types of tour operators

Identify the type of services offered by the different types of tour operators
Role play and individual induction, helping to know each other. 

Group work

 

Analyse of advertisements of tour operators
Unit specification handouts. 

 

 

Power point

Magazines, travel supplements, advertisement

 

worldwidemap

Tour operators prospectuses
2Continuation with the LO 1Understand the tour operators industry within the travel and tourism sectorIdentify and analyse different tour operatorsTypes of tourism

 

Understand vertical and horizontal integration in leading operators

 

Identification f major tour operations in UK

 
Activity 

Tour operators advertisements of news papers
Power point slidesWhite board

Internet

Worldwide map

Tour operators prospectuses
3 Continuation with the LO 1 Understand the tour operators industry within the travel and tourism sector 

Integration of major tour operators: vertical and horizontal integration in leading operators, impact of integration; European and global links
Identify major tour operators including their origin, ownership, market segment, competition,Identify specific operators within each category based on scale, products and services offered to meet different markets

 

Identify some of the leading operators involved in vertical and horizontal integration

Understand the impact of integration on the tour operations industry

Indentify the European and global links of major tour operators
Group discussionCase study, Reading, individual presentations

Reflective question at the end of the class
Power point slides,White board, Case study,  video

Module hand book and assignment for the purpose
4  Continuation with the LO 1 Understand the tour operators industry within the travel and tourism sector

 
 Analyse of the trends to include changing trends in holidays (egmassmarket tourism to customisation, product range, all-inclusive holidays), expansion of the

cruise market; environmental awareness of tour operators, responsible tourism; effect of

economy and other external factors eg discounting, emergence of e-commerce, budget

airlines;

 

Revision of task 1
 Case study

 

Practical discussion

Group discussion

 

Analysis of Prospectuses

 

videos
Power point slidesWhite board

Computer lab

 

Assignment brief

 

Video Thomas cook
 5

 
 Introd. to LO 2Understand stages involved in creating holidays

 
 Analyse of the different Stages in creating holidays : eg market research; planning and scheduling; forecasting; contracting eg

allocation, commitment, ad hoc, time series charters, split charters, ad hoc chartering,

scheduled services, using air brokers

 

 

 
 Workshop

Activity

Prospectuses

 
 PowerPoint slides

White board

Case study

Internet

 

Module hand book and assignment for the purpose
6  Cont.  to LO 2Understand stages involved in creating holidays

 

 

 

 

Deadline to submit draft of task 1
Analyse and prepare the  costing the holiday (fixed and variable costs, direct andindirect costs, load factors, mark-up, profit margins, seasonal flexing, competitive pricing,

skimming, special offers, discounting strategies, currency exchange eg forward buying of

currency, interest earning, cash flow); timescales

 

Revision, correction and support for task 1
Workshop students to work with case studies and analyse tourist prospectuses from Thomas cookHandoutPPT

Activities

Handouts

prospectuses
7  Introduction to LO 3

Be able to review brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays

 
Analyse several tour op. Brochures: analyse and recognition of the planning issues including deciding the format (content,structure, style, paper quality, size), based on product, target market and budget, determiningprint specifications, print run, multiple editions;Analyse of the timescales and stages of production includingcreative brief, copywriting, proofing, colour proof, printing; brochure launch;

 

Working towards task 3 , P3.1

 
Workshop students to work with case studies and analyse tourist prospectuses from Thomas cookHandoutPPT

Activities

Handouts

prospectuses
 8

 
 Cont.  to LO 3

Be able to review brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadline to submit a draft of task 2
Analyse several tour op. Brochures: analyse and recognition of the planning issues including deciding the format (content,structure, style, paper quality, size), based on product, target market and budget, determiningprint specifications, print run, multiple editions;Analyse of the timescales and stages of production includingcreative brief, copywriting, proofing, colour proof, printing; brochure launch;

 

 

Deadline to submit a draft of task 2, revision and support

 

 

 

 

 
Workshop students to work with case studies and analyse tourist prospectuses from Thomas cookHandoutPPT

Activities

Handouts

prospectuses
9 Cont.  to LO 3Be able to review brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays

 

 

Working towards task 3
Evaluation of legal implications; 

Explore  other formats eg CD, video, internet, intranet, television; examination of

 

Analyse f different distribution channels eg direct mail, specialist carriers, haulier, consolidated delivery

companies, travel agencies, intensive/selective distribution systems; racking agreements

 

 
Q&AGroup work

presentations
ProspectusesTextbook Gillian (2010) TRAVEL AND TOURISM
10 Cont.  to LO 3Be able to review brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays

 

Revision of task 2
Methods of distribution: methods eg direct sell, agencies, call centres, internet, teletext,Telephone

 

Assignment –  revision for task 3 , Q&A

 

Revision of task 2 , students to submit a draft of task 2 , assignment revision and support
Workshop students to work with case studies and analyse tourist prospectuses from Thomas cookHandoutPPT

Activities

Handouts

prospectuses
11 Introduction to LO 4 Understand strategic and tactical decision making for tour operators 

 
Analyse of Strategic decision making for tour operators such as : examination of strategic decisions eg volume, pricing strategies, surcharge policy, 

positioning and image/branding, choice of product in relation to customer portfolio,

 

distribution decisions; investment funded by capitalisation eg cruise ships and aircraft

 
Workshop students to work with case studies and analyse tourist prospectuses from Thomas cookHandoutPPT

Activities

Handouts

prospectuses
12Cont.  to LO 4 Understand strategic and tactical decision making for tour operators 

Revision task 3
Mid-term Assessment 

 

 

Deadline to submit  a draft of task 3

Assignment support
WorkshopsIndividual workTextbooksCMB

Assignment

PPT

Handouts

Thomas cook brochures

Airtours brochures
 Christmas Holidays   
 Christmas Holidays   
13Cont. to LO 4 Understand strategic and tactical decision making for tour operators Analyse ofTactical decision making for tour operators such as: responses 

Examples of these are triggered by competition, price wars, external factors; decisions

Such as fluid pricing, yield management, maximising occupancy of contracted beds, utilisation of

 

coach and aircraft seats, consolidations; tactical marketing eg discounting, late sales

 

 
  
14Working towards Task 4 Understand strategic and tactical decision making for tour operatorsTo analyse the course unit specifications and the pass criteria for P4.1  as stated below:P4.1 Evaluate the strategic decisions made by different types of tour operator

 P4.2 Compare the tactical decisions that could be taken by a selected tour operator in different situations.

 
 Analyse and activities in the classroom to work towards task 4HandoutsPPT

textbooks
15Revision task 4Assignment support task 4Assignment support and revision for task 4Deadline submition draftfor task 4

 

 
  
Recommended text and links:

Learners should use the latest edition if available.

Cooper et al 2008, Tourism Principles and practice, 4th edition, Pearson Education, Essex

Galle, D. (2010) BTEC Travel and tourism, book 2 , London: Pearson

Holloway J C 2009, — The Business of Tourism 8th Edition, Longman, 

Laws E, — 1997,Managing Packaged Tourism: Relationships, responsibilities and service quality in the inclusive holiday industry, International Thomson Business Press,

Middleton, Victor T C and Clarke J,2009, — Marketing in Travel and Tourism, 4th edition

Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford.

Yale P — 1995, The Business of Tour Operations Longman, Essex.

 

www.bized.co.uk/16-18/educators/tourism

 

Further reading

ABTA/AITO Code of Conduct

ABTA Handbook

ABTA Information Bureau Holiday Statistics

 International Passenger Survey

Package Travel Regulations

Thomascook.co.uk

Thomas cook prospectuses

Air Tours

Signature from Thomas Cook

 

 

Magazines, journals and newspapers

 The Financial Times and other daily newspapers which contain a business section and market reports

Travel Trade Gazette

Travel Weekly 

The travel supplement – The Guardian newspaper

The travel supplement –  The Times

The travel supplement – Daily Mirror

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Teaching and Learning Activities      

The module tutor(s) will aim to combine lectures with tutorial activities. This environment will provide opportunities for the student to understand the course material through case study and text and to apply it in a practical way. The intent is to facilitate interactive class activities, and discussion about the significant role of research in a global and local business environment.

2.3    Teaching Ethos

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The college’s approach towards teaching and learning is simple and effective. The main aim of UKCBC  is to assist learners in maximising their potential by ensuring that they are taught clearly and effectively. This will enable students to engage in the learning environment and promote success in both their academic studies and subsequent career.

2.3.1 Methods of Delivery:

LECTURES:

These will be developed around the key concepts as mentioned in the indicative course content and will use a range of live examples and cases from business practice to demonstrate the application of theoretical concepts. This method is primarily used to identify and explain key aspects of the subject so that learners can utilise their private study time more effectively.

SEMINARS:

These are in addition to the lectures. The seminars are designed to give learners the opportunity to test their understanding of the material covered in the lectures and private study with the help of reference books. This methodology usually carries a set of questions identified in advance. Seminars are interactive sessions led by the learners. This method of study gives the learner an excellent opportunity to clarify any points of difficulty with the tutor and simultaneously develop their oral communication skills.

 CASE STUDIES:

An important learning methodology is the extensive use of case studies. They enable learners to apply the concepts that they learn in their subjects. The learners have to study the case, analyse the facts presented and arrive at conclusions and recommendations. This assists in the assessment of the learner’s ability to apply to the real world the tools and techniques of analysis which they have learnt. The case study serves as a supplement to the theoretical knowledge imparted through the course work.

Plagiarism:

Any act of plagiarism will be seriously dealt with according to the colleges and awarding bodies’ regulations. In this context the definition and scope of plagiarism are presented below:

  Plagiarism is presenting someone’s work as your won. It includes copying information directly from the web or books without referencing the material; submitting joint coursework as an individual effort; copying another student’s coursework; stealing coursework form another student and submitting it as your own work.Suspected plagiarism will be investigated and if found to have occurred will be dealt with according to the college procedure. (For further details please refer to the plagiarism policy and the student code of conduct.) 

 

Assessment:

The module will be assessed meeting all the LO as specified by the awarding body, Ed Excel.

Please read the instructions carefully while addressing the tasks specified. 

Contribution: 100% of the module

Outline Details: Individual report approx 4500 words.   Details enclosed in the assignment brief.

ASSESSEMENT and ASSIGNMENT BRIEF






Unit 14: Tour Operations Management UNIT CODE: T/601/1753
Learning Hours:  45 Hours.                                                       Self-learning hours:  90 hours.
Course: HND Travel and Tourism Management– Level 4     Credits: 15
Term:
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Due Dates  
Issue Date   
Due Task- 19/11/13Final Due dateMay intake14 MARCH 2014
Due Task- 223/11/13 Final Due date

September intake
 14 June 2014
Due Task- 320/12/13  
Due Task – 424/1/14  

 

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OutcomeEvidence for the criteria to pass.      FeedbackAssessors decisionInternal verification.
 TASK 1

 

After finishing your BTEC HND in Travel and tourism management course you have found a job within a medium-size independent tour operator in LONDON, specialising in Eastern Europe and worldwide destinations. They have a keen interest in developing the weddings niche of market.

You have been asked to research the tourism and travel industry in terms of the current and recent trends in the tour operation’s industry and to analyse its impacts in the development on the tour operator’s industry.

Research by using supportive materials such as tour operators prospectuses, textbooks and online resources but above all conduct some field trips , visits to travel agencies and tour operators, and provide feedback on the findings relate it to the case study above, and for the purpose answer the following questions:

 

 
TASK 1 

P1.   Understand the tour operators industry within the travel and tourism sector:
 P1.1- Analyse the effects of current and recent trends and developments on the tour operators industry.P1.1(P,M,D) P1.1(P,M,D) 
Summarized Feedback for Task 1 (reflecting 1.1 Pass merit and distinction.) 
IV  comments towardsTask 1

 
 
. TASK 2 

You work for the operations and planning department for Thomas Cook in the ‘’Signature’’ packages/products department. Your manager has offered you the position of Team Leader and has made you responsible for accessing, evaluating and researching the stages involved in creating two new package tours as follows:

 

a)   A wedding package tour of 7 seven days in Las Vegas , USA where the wedding ceremony takes place in a helicopter sightseeing tour (see Thomascook.co.uk)

     b) Walking tours in the VIA ALGARVIANA, Algarve , Portugal (green tourism) a 7 days. (seehttp://www.viaalgarviana.org/index.php/the-track/?lang=en), and http://www.viaalgarviana.org/?lang=en).

 

For the purpose write your report answering the following questions:

P2. Understand stages involved in creating holidays

P2.1 Assess the stages and timescales involved in developing holidays

 

P2.2 For this task you need to evaluate and compare two different tour operators (eg. Airtours – all inclusive summer 2014 prospectuses and Flightcentre – South America prospectuses.), and for the purpose answer the question below:

 

P2.2 Evaluate the suitability of different methods of contracting for different components of the holiday and different types of tour operator
P2.3 Calculate the selling price of a holiday from given information below.This case study is based on Air Tours part of the Thomas Cook group , mass market tour operator based in UK. The company operates a time-series charter travel to Rhodes, Greece and specialises in seven days and fourteen days all inclusive tours to Rhodes. This is a short haul journey of approximately three hours from London Gatwick. The company will charter Thomas cook airlines a Boeing 737-800 with seating capacity of 180 seats.

 

You are going to use the services of a local agent Rhodes and he has been able to offer contract rates for 3 and 4 star hotels in different resorts. You must choose one hotel and resort for your programme and decide on the board basis and method of contract .

 

B&B rate per person inclusive of taxes on AvraBeach Hotel, Rhodes-twin room (2 adults sharing) fixed guaranteed contract = 30 euros.

 

B&B rate per person inclusive of taxes on Rodos |Princess Hotel Kiotari, –twin room (2 adults sharing) fixed allocation contract = 38 euros.

 

Supplement for half board for both hotels 15 euros.

 

Assume that the passengers will travel by air with Thomas cook airlines from Gatwick each Saturday and stay for 7 nights. You have a fixed contract for 80 seats. The agreed rate is £130 per person return, including all taxes. You will have to pay in advance for 80 seats on each flight even if you have no bookings made.

 

The agent has quoted a rate of 10 euros per person for the return transfer by coach between Rhodes aiport and any of the hotel resort chosen by you, or 35 euros return trip by taxi. He will also charge a flat sum of 100 euros for each group to cover the cost of a local representative making a daily visit to the hotel.

 

TIPS: use the internet to help you choose which resort to offer.

 
TASK 2 

P2. Understand stages involved in creating holidays
P2.1- Assess the stages and timescales involved in developing holidaysP2.1(P,M,D) P2.1(P,M,D) 
P2.2 Evaluate the suitability of different methods of contracting for different components of the holiday and different types of tour operatorP2.2(P,M,D)  

 

 

 

 
P2.2(P,M,D) 
     
     
P2.3 Calculate the selling price of a holiday from given informationP2.3(P,M,D) P2.3(P,M,D) 
Summarized Feedback for Task 2 (reflecting 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3, Pass merit and distinction.) 
IV  comments towardsTask 2 
Task 3You work for Thomas Cook group and recently you have been appointed to work for the Marketing Department of the company where your main job is to work in a team where you will evaluate the planning decisions taken for the design of a selected brochure of Thomas Cook group. You will work in a group of maximum of four students and will provide an oral presentation (you need to discuss the dates and times with your Lecturer/ tutor ). You will also need to submit a written work for task 3 which covers all the pass criterias mentioned below as follows:
TASK 3P3 Be able to review brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays

 

 
P3.1 Evaluate the planning decisions taken for the design of a selected brochureP3.1(P,M,D) P3.1(P,M,D) 
P3.2 Assess the suitability of alternatives to a traditional brochure for the following tour operators of the THOMAS COOK group:Air Tours , Summer 2014

THOMAS Cook Cruises Summer 2014.
P3.2(P,M,D) P3.2(P,M,D) 
P3.3 Evaluate the suitability of different methods of distribution used to sell a holiday for different types of tour operator within the THOMAS COOK group. P3.3(P,M,D) P3.3(P,M,D) 
Summarized Feedback for Task 3 (reflecting 3.1, and 3.2, Pass merit and distinction.) 
IV  comments towardsTask 3

 
 
TASK 4 

You are required to carry out a research by using supportive materials like books, websites, etc and to evaluate the strategic decisions made by different types of tour operator, compare the tactical decisions that could be taken by a selected tour operator in different situations.  In your report, please answer P4.1 and P4.2. Please give a feedback of the findings on P4.1, P4.2. The answers need to be reflected to the travel and tourism sector. Answers without relevant examples will be marked as a fail.
TASK 4P4. Understand strategic and tactical decision making for tour operators 

 
P4.1   Evaluate the strategic decisions made by different types of tour operatorP4.1(P,M,D) P4.1(P,M,D) 
P4.2 Compare the tactical decisions that could be taken by a selected tour operator in different situationsP4.2(P,M,D) P4.2(P,M,D) 
Summarized Feedback for Task 4 (reflecting 4.1, and 4.2, Pass merit and distinction.) 
IV  comments towardsTask 4

 
 
  

 

 

 

 

 

 
Merit grades awardedM1  M2 M3 P1 P2 P3 P4 
 Distinction grades awardedD1 D2 D3   Resubmit :
 Any other comments
Grade given by the tutor:Pass                                            Merit                                                              Distinction           

Tutors Signature:                                                               Date:
IV Grading Check:                                    Comments if any:Agree              

Disagree                                                   Modify grade to

IV signature:

Date:
Student feedback: 

Student signature:

 
                              
ASSIGNMENT

TASK 1

After finishing your BTEC HND in Travel and tourism management course you have found a job within a medium-size independent tour operator in LONDON, specialising in Eastern Europe and worldwide destinations. They have a keen interest in developing the weddings niche of market.

You have been asked to research the tourism and travel industry in terms of the current and recent trends in the tour operation’s industry and to analyse its impacts in the development on the tour operator’s industry.

Research by using supportive materials such as tour operators prospectuses, textbooks and online resources but above all conduct some field trips , visits to travel agencies and tour operators, and provide feedback on the findings relate it to the case study above, and for the purpose answer the following questions:

P1.  Understand the tour operators industry within the travel and tourism sector:

P1.1   Analyse the effects of current and recent trends and developments on the tour operators industry.

 You work for the operations and planning department for Thomas Cook in the ‘’Signature’’ packages/products department. Your manager has offered you the position of Team Leader and has made you responsible for accessing, evaluating and researching the stages involved in creating two new package tours as follows:

A wedding package tour of 7 seven days in Las Vegas , USA where the wedding ceremony takes place in a helicopter sightseeing tour (see Thomascook.co.uk)
  1. Walking tours in the VIA ALGARVIANA, Algarve , Portugal (green tourism) a 7 days. (see http://www.viaalgarviana.org/index.php/the-track/?lang=en), andhttp://www.viaalgarviana.org/?lang=en).

For the purpose write your report answering the following questions:

P2. Understand stages involved in creating holidays

P2.1 Assess the stages and timescales involved in developing holidays

 

P2.2 For this task you need to evaluate and compare two different tour operators (eg. Airtours – all inclusive summer 2014 prospectuses and Flightcentre – South America prospectuses.), and for the purpose answer the question below:

 

P2.2 Evaluate the suitability of different methods of contracting for different components of the holiday and different types of tour operator

 

 P2.3 Calculate the selling price of a holiday from given information below.

This case study is based on Air Tours part of the Thomas Cook group , mass market tour operator based in UK. The company operates a time-series charter travel to Rhodes, Greece and specialises in seven days and fourteen days all inclusive tours to Rhodes. This is a short haul journey of approximately three hours from London Gatwick. The company will charter Thomas cook airlines a Boeing 737-800 with seating capacity of 180 seats.

You are going to use the services of a local agent Rhodes and he has been able to offer contract rates for 3 and 4 star hotels in different resorts. You must choose one hotel and resort for your programme and decide on the board basis and method of contract .B&B rate per person inclusive of taxes on AvraBeach Hotel, Rhodes-twin room (2 adults sharing) fixed guaranteed contract = 30 euros.

B&B rate per person inclusive of taxes on Rodos |Princess Hotel Kiotari, –twin room (2 adults sharing) fixed allocation contract = 38 euros.

Supplement for half board for both hotels 15 euros.

Assume that the passengers will travel by air with Thomas cook airlines from Gatwick each Saturday and stay for 7 nights. You have a fixed contract for 80 seats. The agreed rate is £130 per person return, including all taxes. You will have to pay in advance for 80 seats on each flight even if you have no bookings made.

The agent has quoted a rate of 10 euros per person for the return transfer by coach between Rhodes aiport and any of the hotel resort chosen by you, or 35 euros return trip by taxi. He will also charge a flat sum of 100 euros for each group to cover the cost of a local representative making a daily visit to the hotel.

TIPS: use the internet to help you choose which resort to offer.

Task 3

You work for Thomas Cook group and recently you have been appointed to work for the Marketing Department of the company where your main job is to work in a team where you will evaluate the planning decisions taken for the design of a selected brochure of Thomas Cook group. You will work in a group of maximum of four students and will provide an oral presentation (you need to discuss the dates and times with your Lecturer/ tutor ). You will also need to submit a written work for task 3 which covers all the pass criterias mentioned below as follows:

 

P3 Be able to review brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays:

P3.1 Evaluate the planning decisions taken for the design of a selected brochure

P3.2 Assess the suitability of alternatives to a traditional brochure for the following tour operators of the THOMAS COOK group:

Air Tours , Summer 2014

THOMAS Cook Cruises Summer 2014.

 P3.3 Evaluate the suitability of different methods of distribution used to sell a holiday for different types of tour operator within the THOMAS COOK group.

TASK 4

You are required to carry out a research by using supportive materials like books, websites, etc. to evaluate the strategic decisions made by different types of tour operator, ccompare the tactical decisions that could be taken by a selected tour operator in different situations.  In your report, please answer P4.1 and P4.2. Please give a feedback of the findings on P4.1, P 4.2. The answers need to be reflected to the travel and tourism sector. Answers without relevant examples will be marked as a fail.

 P4. Understand strategic and tactical decision making for tour operators:

P4.1 Evaluate the strategic decisions made by different types of tour operator

 P4.2 Compare the tactical decisions that could be taken by a selected tour operat

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    Unit 14: Tour Operations Management























































































    Outcomes/criteria:Indicative characteristicsPossible evidenceFeedback
    P1. Understand the tour operators industry within the travel and tourism sector: 

    P2  Understand stages involved in creating holidays

     

    P3   Be able to review brochures and methods of distribution used to sell holidays

     

    P4.  Understand strategic and tactical decision making for tour operator
    As per the assessment criteria specified for pass 

     

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    Task 4
    Merit Description:   
    M. Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions.. Relevant theories and techniques have been applied.  
    . Effective judgments have been made. 
    . Complex problems with more than one variable have been explored. 
    . An effective approach to study and research has been used. 
    M2. Select/ design and apply appropriate methods/ techniques.. A range of methods and techniques has been applied.  
    . A range of sources of information used. 
    . The selection of methods and techniques justified. 
    . Complex information/data have been synthesized and processed. 
    .Appropriate learning methods/ techniques applied. 
     M3. Present and communicate appropriate findings.. Appropriate structure and approach has been used.  
    . Logical and coherent arguments have been presented 
    . Technical language accurately used. 
    . A range of methods of presentation has been used. 
    . Familiar and unfamiliar contexts have been used. 
    . It is appropriate for familiar and unfamiliar audiences. 
      
    Distinction Description:   
    D1. Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusion.. Synthesis has been used to generate and justify valid conclusions  
    . The validity of results has been judged 
    . Self-criticism of approach has taken place. 
    . Evaluation has taken place using defined criteria 
    . Realistic improvements have been proposed against defined characteristics for success. 
    D2. Take responsibility for managing and organizing activities.Autonomy/independence demonstrated  
    Substantial activities/projects or investigations have been planned, managed and organized. 
    The unforeseen has been accommodated. 
    The importance of interdependence has been recognized. 
    D3. Demonstrate convergent, lateral and creative thinkingIdeas generate and decisions taken   

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Convergent and lateral thinking have been applied 
    Capacity for innovation and creative thought has been used. 
    Receptiveness to new ideas has demonstrated. 
    Unfamiliar contexts have been applied. 
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