Touraid Travel Cruise

Touraid Travel Inc. is located in Plattsburgh, New York, with a reservation center located in the heart of the Adirondacks. The company has been in business since 1989 and it has been a member of the Better Business Bureau since 2002.

Touraid Travel Inc. is the home of Cruise and Vacation Desk. As a division of Touraid Travel, Cruise and Vacation Desk (also Cruise and Vacation Group) provides vacation rewards for employee benefit programs, member based affinity groups, and customer loyalty programs across the nation and around the world.

Cruise and Vacation Group is a fully bonded and insured travel agency and it is also a member of the American Society of Travel Agencies (ASTA), the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and TravelSavers. To date, Touraid Travel Inc. and its divisions have helped more than 50,000 travelers plan their vacation and redeem their vacation rewards. Additionally, the company ahs helped plan everything from family reunion cruise vacations to business group vacations.

Touraid Travel Inc. works with just about every cruise line in service today. Just a few of the cruise lines the company works with include luxury cruise lines such as The Yachts of Seabourn, Cunard Cruises, and Crystal Cruises, as well as mainstream lines such as Carnival Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International. If you would like to visit Touraid Travel Inc., the address is 438 State Route 3, Suite 100, Plattsburgh, New York 12901. The phone number is 518.563.5605 and the fax number is 518.566.0013.

Before choosing a travel agent there are many things to keep in mind. The complete guide and all information below can be found on the Better Business Bureau website.

Be Sure, Before You Choose A Travel Agent…

The following is general information regarding travel services. This report contains a step-by-step guide to follow when considering using the services of a travel agent.

Consumers spend billions of dollars each year traveling in the Unites States and abroad. Whether you choose to be your own travel agent or use the services of a professional, good planning is a major factor in making vacation travel a delight.

RECOGNIZING A GOOD TRAVEL AGENT: A good travel agent:

1) Takes time to learn your travel needs, preferences, tastes, budget, and personal limitations such as medical conditions or phobias.
2) Does comparison-shopping to find the transportation, accommodations, and services that will give you the greatest satisfaction, and how to get them at the best price.
3) Keeps abreast of new developments in the travel industry that could benefit you, such as price cuts and special deals on airfares and hotels.
4) Is highly knowledgeable about attractions and local customs at popular destinations and can provide tips that will help you choose among options and keep your trip running smoothly.

SERVICES OFFERED BY TRAVEL AGENTS INCLUDE:

1) Arranging reservations for air, sea, bus, and rail travel, cruises, and car rentals here and abroad.
2) Providing information on travel and luggage insurance, visas, passports, inoculations, traveler’s checks, currency exchange, weather, etc.
3) Preparation of individual itineraries and arrangements for package tours and for personally escorted tours or group tours, within the U.S. and abroad.

HOW TO FIND A GOOD TRAVEL AGENT: Choose one like you would your doctor or lawyer.

1) Get advice from friends and business associates who use an agent they trust.
2) Visit or call several agencies to find the one that best suits your needs.
3) Consider everything from the appearance of the office to the agent’s willingness to listen and answer questions.
4) Ask about a specific agent’s professional background. For example, what kind of training or education they might have had.
5) Call the BBB for a reliability report on a travel agent you may consider using.
6) You can contact the American Society of Travel Agents at (703) 739-2782 to check if a travel agency you are considering using belongs to this organization.
7) When possible, deal with a local travel agent.

NOTE: There are many travel promotions offering, “vacation certificates,” on the premise that a “free” vacation will draw customers to their sales sites. A large number of these organizations offer packages to Florida destinations. All companies offering travel from the State of Florida must be registered with the Department of Agriculture, Seller of Travel Division. To check whether a company is registered, you can contact them at (850) 488-2221.

Before agreeing to purchase a vacation certificate, the BBB recommends the following:

1) Ask for information about the offer in writing before making any form of payment.
2) Be leery of high pressure sales tactics, such as, “This offer is only good for 72 hours.”
3) Be leery of companies that “sound like” well-known firms.
4) Be leery of prices that are ridiculously low.
5) Find out exactly what is included in the quoted price, and what isn’t.

References

Better Business Bureau (2008). Retrieved April 15, 2008, from http://search.buffalo.bbb.org/codbrep.html?ID=48000243&cons=y.

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