New York-based SmarTours has joined the U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA), bringing to 54 the total number of USTOA active
members, representing nearly 160 brands.
SmarTours was founded
in 1996 and provides group tours in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand,
China, Europe, India, Nepal, Japan and Latin America. Since its launch, the
company has served more than 150,000 travelers.
All SmarTours itineraries
include international airfare from the U.S. on scheduled airlines, deluxe or first-class accommodations, excursions, sightseeing, and English-speaking
Each USTOA active
member is required to participate in the USTOA’s $1 million Travelers
Assistance Program by posting $1 million security in the form of a bond or
letter of credit. The security is solely for reimbursing consumers for tour
payments or deposits lost due to member bankruptcy, insolvency, cessation of
business, or failure of a USTOA active member to refund consumer deposits or
payments within 120 days following its cancellation by the tour operator.