USTOA tour operator members provide travelers with memory-making experiences across the globe. As more of the world opens to visitors from the U.S., these members have the knowledge and resources to help you and your clients every step along the journey.

... peace of mind while traveling domestically and abroad. Should an unforeseen problem arise, a tour escort, local host or representative of the USTOA tour operator is available to assist travelers.

Pre-paying for a trip also allows travelers to budget for the vacation with greater certainty since all costs and inclusions are known upfront. And, many USTOA tour operator members offer flexible booking and payment terms.

By doing all of this, USTOA tour operators achieve savings that are passed on to the consumer. Many tours also include select meals, hotel tips and sightseeing, which add up to additional savings for travelers.

Because USTOA tour operators negotiate with local sightseeing companies, they can often provide accessibility to otherwise hard-to-wait attractions, such as the Coliseum in Rome or after-hours visits to King Tut's Tomb in Egypt.

USTOA tour operator members offer a variety of programs that focus on special interests including art, cuisine, and adventure. Such programs also provide travelers with non-traditional experiences such as enjoying a home-cooked Scottish meal at a local family’s farmhouse, learning how to cook authentic Vietnamese dishes in Hoi An, or volunteering at a game reserve in Africa, singular experiences that would be hard to arrange on one’s own. 

Many USTOA tour operator members offer packaged travel options with same benefits and protections to explore the world on your own. And, tour itineraries can be created with more flexibility that allows ample time to explore points of interest on one’s own. With the help of a local tour guide, guests gain suggestions on what to see and do, and tips on how to maximize the time spent away from the group. 

Among other requirements, the program stipulates that in case of a USTOA tour operator member bankruptcy or insolvency or cessation of business, tour deposits and payments are protected up to an aggregate of $1 million. In addition to protecting consumer’s vacation dollars, these operators must meet strict requirements of ethics and integrity in their tour offerings and advertising.

The health and well-being of every traveler has always been a priority for USTOA tour operators. By endorsing the TOURCARE Guidelines for Tour Operators, our members support the implementation of sanitization and operational procedures to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and increase the level of safety for passengers, employees, and local communities visited.


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