A tour operator is a company, which successfully combines tour and travel components to create a good holiday. Common examples of a tour operator’s services are transfers to and from the airport, hotel bookings, tours, guides etc all included in the services of a local representative agency and all for one price. Niche tour operators specialize in specific destinations. For example: Israel, a trip to the Holy Land with visits to all the historical and biblical sites retelling the stories of the Bible, the ancient history of the land and the people and showing modern day Israel as well as combining everything that a tourist will need to make the trip perfect. A tour operator is supposed to easily solve problems related to language, currency and communication.
The advent of the internet has led to a rapid increase in the number of tourists who prefer self-packaging. However, tour operator companies still have the advantage of the personal touch in providing arrangements in tours for those who do not have time for do deal with everything by themselves. Also they specialize in large group events and meetings such as seminars and conferences. Tour operators enter into powerful contracts with the suppliers, such as airlines, hotels, other land arrangements, cruises, etc, and can deal with other entities such as tourism boards and government authorities. All of this in order to provide their clients with special packages for destinations, which otherwise might be too difficult and expensive to visit.
In the last few years, due to the global economic crisis, tour operators, like many other businesses, indicated great losses. Since 2008, the tour operator business in many countries has been reduced almost to zero, and only a few countries which have managed to maintain strong and stabile economies, have provided the base necessary for tour operators to continue expanding their business - Israel being one of them.
Using a tour operator is a good decision when planning your trip to Israel. You will save a lot of time and energy and just be able to have a great vacation.