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Major Tour Companies & Trip Packagers

March 29, 1998

Using a tour company or vacation packager can save you time, money and hassles. The organizations below, members of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), arrange both group and independent tours, and put together trip packages that may include air fare, hotels and other services for one price.

Some advantages of using a tour operator/packager:

* You can often save substantially on what you would pay if you arranged the same trip yourself.

* You know exactly what your vacation will cost before you leave.

* You have security. USTOA member companies listed here must have been under the same management for at least three years, must serve a minimum 3,000 passengers per year and must prove financial responsibility (bank references plus $1 million in posted security, such as a certificate of deposit, to reimburse customers in case their businesses fail).

* An escorted tour can be a less intimidating way to see countries where you don't know the language or the customs.

The organizations below are listed alphabetically and by destination specialties. Airline and hotel companies listed sell vacation packages, often at reduced rates. The list was provided by USTOA, 342 Madison Ave., Suite 1522, New York, NY 10173; tel. (212) 599-6599, fax (212) 599-6744. The USTOA will provide consumers with a Smart Traveler's Planning Kit, which includes advice on how to select travel companies, what questions to ask and how the USTOA's consumer protection plan works.

Note: An asterisk signifies that the company books tours through travel agents only, though the public can call for brochures or information.

AAT King's Australian Tours, 9430 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 207, Chatsworth, CA 91311; telephone (800) 353-4525, fax (818) 700-2647, Internet

Destinations/Specialties: Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific

Abercrombie & Kent International, 1520 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523-2141; tel. (800) 323-7308, fax (630) 954-3324, Internet

Destinations/Specialties: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Costa Rica, Alaska, Antarctica

*African Travel, The Safari Building, 1100 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; tel. (800) 421-8907, fax (818) 507-5802, e-mail

Destinations: Africa, Egypt

*All About Tours, 12168 S.W. Garden Place, Tigard, OR 97223; tel. (800) 274-8687, fax (503) 598-9411, Internet

Destinations: Australia/New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Nevada

American Express Vacations, 110 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; tel. (800) 241-1700, fax (954) 357-4682, e-mail

Destinations: Europe, Florida, Walt Disney World, ski destinations (Colorado, Utah, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Eastern Mediterranean)

ATA Vacations, Attn.: Shirley Larkin, P.O. Box 51405, Indianapolis, IN 46251; tel. (800) 442-8952, fax (317) 243-4824, Internet

Destinations: Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Hawaii, New York, Florida

*ATS Tours, 2381 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 325, El Segundo, CA 90245; tel. (800) 423-2880, fax (310) 643-0032, e-mail

Destinations: Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific

Australian Pacific Tours, 4605 Lankershim Blvd., Suite 620, North Hollywood, CA 91602; tel. (800) 290-8687, fax (818) 755-6396, Internet

Destinations: Africa, Australia/New Zealand, Alaska, Canada, New York, New England, Northwest, Arizona, California, Nevada

*Brendan Tours, 15137 Califa St., Van Nuys, CA 91411; tel. (800) 421-8446, fax (818) 902-9876

Destinations: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, Central America, Canada, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Northwest, Southwest, West

*Brian Moore International Tours, 1208 VFW Parkway, Suite 202, Boston, MA 02132; tel. (800) 982-2299, fax (617) 469-8282, Internet

Destinations: Britain, Ireland

Celtic International Tours, 1860 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203; tel. (800) 833-4373, fax (518) 862-0152, Internet

Destinations: Britain, Ireland

Central Holidays, 206 Central Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07307, tel. (800) 935-5000, fax (201) 963-0966, Internet

Destinations: Africa, Caribbean, Europe, Israel, Canada, Colorado

China Travel Service, 119 S. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 303, Monterey Park, CA 91754; tel. (800) 890-8818, fax (626) 457-8955, Internet

Destinations: China, Hong Kong

CIE Tours International, P.O. Box 501, 100 Hanover Ave., Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927-0501; tel. (800) 243-8687, fax (201) 292-0463, Internet

Destinations: Ireland, Britain

CIT Tours, 15 W. 44th St., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10036; tel.(800) CIT-TOUR, fax (212) 730-4544

Destinations: France, Italy

*Classic Custom Vacations, 1 N. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95113-1215; tel. (800) 221-3949, fax (408) 287-9272

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