More than 70 tour operators are showing the same characteristics as HMV, Comet and Blockbuster, according to a review of the industry by financial analysts Plimsoll Publishing…sales at 77 travel companies have declined in the last year and profitability has plummeted.

These have seen their sales fall by up to 20%. Two-thirds are losing money and many have seen productivity fall to such an extent that they are becoming increasingly uncompetitive in a fast moving market, it said.

“Historically, these businesses would have been seen as good acquisitions. But today you would need to question their value and how they would sit in the future market.”

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