I saw this article and want to share. It is very important to verify information of travel companies. There are so many deals now that may be too good to be true. It probably is too good. As this article reads, it was the tour directors left to help travelers. Another reason to have this valuable source - the tour director - on tour.
My own experience was when I was ready to purchase international airfare (last minute). I found a great price on the internet. When I did my due diligence of the company advertising online (found on one of the major consumer online sites), I decided to NOT to reserve it. I called a local Travel Agency which I know from my professional travel association to find a fare. They did. Same price. No headaches.
Remember the National Tour Association (NTA) in the USA requires tour company members to have a bond when doing business. California and Florida requires all travel professionals (agents) selling any type of travel to residents of their states to be registered within their state. Professionals are required to set aside clients monies (deposits) in an bank account or have a trust fund established - that is not affiliated with their own monies. The state agency sets aside monies for consumers in case company is going out of business.
A travel professional will have this FL or CA number listed on all advertising material. This includes travel businesses outside of these states. I arrange hotels, cruises, and other tour company packages for you. I work with these companies and know their operating procedures. I will direct you to great travel agencies to reserve air for you as well.
Another reason to use a travel professional you know to reserve is - we already have a network of people established which we may ask questions. We are all specialists - we know who to ask to make other reservations like air, hotels, and cars.
Travel Safe. Have Fun. Enjoy.
The Funtourguru - California Seller of Travel Registration # 2053373-40
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