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Assuming that you work in the product development department for a leading tour operator based in London, United Kingdom. Your line manager has asked you to prepare poster presentations to be presented to the product development team analysing the effects of the current and recent trends and developments on the tour operators industry (1.1). Therefore, you need to conduct detailed research by using supportive materials such as tour operators prospectuses, textbooks and online resources but above all conduct some field trips and visits to travel agencies and tour operators.
LO1. 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.
Your second task is to understand the stages involved in creating a tour package. For the purpose of this, you need to assess the stages and timescales involved in developing holidays, evaluate the suitability of different methods of contracting for different components of the holiday and different types of tour operator and also to be able to calculate the selling price of a holiday. Please address the LO2 and the assessment criteria P2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 by using the scenario as specified below.
Scenario for Task 2
Having analysed the contemporary trends within tour operators industry, you next task is to create a sightseeing tour for Chinese students from London, United Kingdom to Paris, France. As you have found in your industry report, tour operators need to expand their target markets and offer new products to their consumers. Therefore, your task it to propose a detailed plan for student group tour starting from the summer vacation in August 2018. The proposed group size is 45 students and the tour should last for no more than 5 days. The detailed proposal should be submitted in a professional written report format
2.1 & 2.2 Your manager has requested a detailed proposal so you have to assess the timescales involved in developing this holiday (2.1) and also to evaluate the suitability of different methods of contracting for different components of the holiday (2.2) (e.g. transport, hotels, attractions).
2.3 Fortunately, your travel agency has an established network of partners in France and a special rate for your group has been proposed by St Michelle Hotel – 54 euros for a twin room (2 adults sharing) on a room-only basis. Supplement for BB is 12 euros per person/per night. You have also been able to negotiate a special rate with your transportation company. The price is 5,400 for a 50-seater luxury coach and that includes two drivers, fuel and all road and ferry taxes. However, you still need to find a local tour guide who will charge you a flat sum of 900 for the duration of your stay in Paris. Your company expects a profit margin of 20%. Your task is to calculate the selling price of the tour from the information given above (2.3).
LO2 Understand stages involved in creating holidays
2.1 Assess the stages and timescales involved in developing holidays
2.2 Evaluate the suitability of different methods of contracting for different components of the holiday and different types of tour operator
2.3 Calculate the selling price of a holiday from given information below.
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