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Major Tour Companies and Trip Packagers

April 18, 1999

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

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 have been under the same management for at least three years, serve a minimum 3,000 passengers per year and must prove financial responsibility.

The USTOA offers advice on how to select tour companies. Call toll free, (800) GO-USTOA, to order the Smart Traveler's Planning Kit.USTOA, 342 Madison Ave., Suite 1522, New York, NY 10173, tel. (212) 599-6599, fax (212) 599-6744, e-mail, Internet 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 Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific islands.

Abercrombie & Kent International, 1520 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523-2141; tel. (800) 323-7308, fax (630) 954-3324, Internet Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific islands, South America, Costa Rica, Antarctica, India, Alaska.

*African Travel, The Safari Building, 1100 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205; tel. (800) 421-8907, fax (818) 507-5802, Internet South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt.

Air Canada's Canada, 162 Middle St., Pawtucket, RI 02860; tel. (800) 774-8993. Canada.

AHI International, 6400 Shafer Court, Suite 200, Rosemont, IL 60018; tel. (800) 323-7373, fax (847) 318-5000, Internet Europe, Asia, Africa, South Pacific, North America, South and Central America.

Air France Holidays, 440 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430-2211; tel. (800) 2-FRANCE, fax (201) 236-1343, Internet France, Italy, Britain, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic.

*All About Tours, 12168 S.W. Garden Place, Tigard, OR 97223; tel. (800) 274-8687, fax (503) 598-9411, Internet Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, California, Nevada.

Ambassador Programs, Eisenhower Building, S. 110 Ferrell St., Spokane, WA 99202; tel. (800) 669-7882, fax (509) 536-1996, Internet Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa.

America West Vacations, 1920 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281; tel. (800) 356-6611, (888) AWA-GOLF or (888)2SKI-AWV, Internet Mexico, Canada, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Seattle, North American ski and golf packages.

American Express Vacations Caribbean, Florida, Mexico, 465 Smith St., Farmingdale, NY 11735; tel. (888) 658-4744. Caribbean, Florida, Mexico.

American Express Vacations Europe, 110 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; tel. (800) 241-1700, fax (954) 357-4682. Europe, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan.

American Student Travel, 16225 Park 10 Place, Suite 450, Houston, TX 77084; tel. (800) 231-1731, fax (281) 647-7050, Internet Austria; Britain; New York; Pennsylvania; Massachusetts; Washington, D.C.; Virginia.

American Tourist, 101 Limekiln Pike, Glenside, PA 19038; tel. (877) 687-1000, fax (215) 886-2228, Internet Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Central Europe, Britain, Ireland, Mediterranean, Russia, river cruising.

Amtrak Vacations, 2211 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515; tel. (800) 321-9887, Internet U.S., Canada.

APT International, 4605 Lankershim Blvd., Suite 620, North Hollywood, CA 91602; tel. (800) 290-8687, fax (416) 234-8385. Southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada, Alaska, New York, New England, Northwest, Arizona, California, Nevada, Mississippi.

ATA Vacations, 7337 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46251-0609; tel. (800) 442-8952, fax (317) 243-4824, Internet Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Hawaii, New York, Florida, California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado.

*ATS Tours, 2381 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 325, El Segundo, CA 90245; tel. (800) 423-2880, fax (310) 643-0032, Internet Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific islands, Asia.

Australian Pacific Tours, 4605 Lankershim Blvd., Suite 620, North Hollywood, CA 91602; tel. (800) 290-8687, fax (416) 234-8385. Australia, New Zealand, Fiji.

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