What Is an Inbound Tour Operator?

Inbound tour operators are experts in tourism products for a particular destination and promote tourism products through other distributors around the world. Inbound tour operators create an important link between a country’s tourism products and overseas travel companies that sell those products.

If a travel agent or tour operator talks to an inbound tour operator about the specifics of a tour, the inbound tour operator plans the itinerary, selects tourism products and coordinates all accommodations, travel needs and transportation. Inbound tour operators have the knowledge of understanding local countries such as culture or socioeconomic developments, and the specific needs for tourists in a foreign environment.