The United States Tour Operators Association is the largest and most influential U.S. organization of tour operators. USTOA encourages and supports professional and financial integrity in tourism and provides information about member tour operators� activities. Formed in 1972, with a desire to elevate standards of professionalism in the travel industry USTOA developed into the first travel organization to establish a consumer protection fund, followed by a member bonding requirement to protect consumers' tour deposits and payments in case of bankruptcy or default.
USTOA's highly active government affairs committee has campaigned for more open US borders. USTOA has also worked successfully with the U.S. State Department and other government entities to facilitate tourism worldwide. USTOA also provides a useful Personality Quiz to determine the needs of tourists as clients.
Membership requirements of USTOA are relatively high, as tour operator candidates must submit a total of 18 references from a variety of industry sources and financial institutions, and must meet specific minimums in terms of tour passengers and/or dollar volume. The tour operator must also have been in business under the same management for at least three years in the U.S., and must carry a minimum of $1,000,000 in professional liability insurance.
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