Authentic Vacations, a travel packager that offers European destinations, has joined the U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA) as its newest active member bringing to 55 the association's total number of active members.

Launched in 2001, Authentic Vacations specializes in customizable itineraries. It is a division of Tour Partner Group (TPG), which also owns the U.K.-based business-to-business company Hotels & More, Irish Welcome Tours and Trans Nordic Tours. Authentic Vacations is headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., and has offices in Dublin, London, Copenhagen and San Francisco.

All USTOA active members participate in the organization's $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, which requires that a $1 million bond be set aside to protect consumers in the event the company experiences bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business.  USTOA active tour operator members can sport the USTOA logo on their printed materials and/or websites, indicating their participation in the $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program.

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