Definition of tour operator in US English:

tour operator


  • A travel agent specializing in package vacations.

    • ‘It's that overall volume that counts if you're thinking of travelling with a major tour operator.’
    • ‘This was not mentioned by the travel agent or the tour operator beforehand.’
    • ‘The golden rule is to seek the refund from the company that sold you the ticket in the first place, whether it was your local travel agent, a tour operator or the airline itself.’
    • ‘If you have any doubts, contact your tour operator or travel agent before travelling and facing the humiliation of confiscation by airport security.’
    • ‘Travellers who booked a package holiday through a tour operator or a travel agent can expect either a full refund or the right to rebook, but only if the flight was cancelled.’
    • ‘Of those who do buy, most sign up for cover with their tour operator or travel agent, which could be just about the most expensive mistake of their holiday.’
    • ‘And don't buy travel insurance from your tour operator or travel agent, because you'll pay through the nose!’
    • ‘You have formed a contract with the tour operator or the airline, depending on whether you booked a package holiday or flights only.’
    • ‘If you're on a package, the first step is to consult your tour operator.’
    • ‘If booking your dives through a tour operator or travel agent in Britain, ask their advice for reputable dive centres.’
    • ‘Additionally, the purchase of the vacation occurred in Ontario and the tour operator is an Ontario company.’
    • ‘So, if you want to get ripped off, get your holiday money from a tour operator, travel agent or bureau de change.’
    • ‘Similarly, bring any problems about a package holiday immediately to the attention of the tour operator's representative at the resort.’
    • ‘If you have booked with a charter airline, contact the travel agent or tour operator through which you booked the flight to find out if it is still operating.’
    • ‘If you're thinking already about where to go on holiday next year, don't get bullied into taking your tour operator's travel insurance.’
    • ‘If the tour operator continues to offer the package holiday, but you decide to cancel, you are liable to forfeit monies paid.’
    • ‘However, millions of us are paying over the odds by taking out our insurance policy with our tour operator or travel agent.’
    • ‘Also, the tour operator or travel agency is obliged to have certain insurances, like medical insurance.’
    • ‘The company is a tour operator and central reservation office for European tourists to Namibia.’
    • ‘Resist the hard sell from your travel agent or tour operator - prices can be up to 75% more expensive.’


tour operator

/ˈto͝o(ə)r ˈäpəˌrādər/