The recent closure of the Ireland and UK tour operator Exploring Vacations might have some travel agents or travelers concerned about the process of researching and booking with a tour operator. At Tenon Tours, we sympathize with those who lost their jobs at Exploring Vacations and are working to help travelers who were affected. We are offering to match any deposits or payments already paid to Exploring Vacations up to 25 percent of the trip’s value for a maximum value of $250 per person, with proof of booking.
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Our President, Bryan Lewis, shares some tips on how agents and travelers can ensure they’ve booked with a reputable tour operator:
1. Do your due diligence.
Most travel agents are well-versed in doing extensive background research on destinations and tourism companies, but even a quick Google search can help agents or travelers decide if a tour operator is legitimate. Check recent news about the company for any red flags, or look for recent awards or honors that show growth and financial health. Tenon, for instance, was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth time—something we’re very proud of.
2. Go back to the board.
If travel agents or travelers have concerns, they should always check that a tour operator is part of globally recognized associations, such as the International Air Transport Association, the American Society of Travel Advisors, or the United States Tour Operators Association. Even beyond that, it’s great to inquire with the tourism board in the chosen destination to ensure the company you’re considering is a reputable one.
3. Read the reviews—but be careful.
If the company an agent or traveler is considering is based in the U.S., check the Better Business Bureau. This is still a powerful tool, and reviews here can only be made by actual customers. It doesn’t hurt to check out other review sites as well, like Facebook, Yelp and TripAdvisor—but take these reviews with a grain of salt, since ratings can be made by anyone, even if they aren’t verified.
4. Check where they’re based.
Look into where the company is based, and ensure they have a real office and established presence. At Tenon, we feel a U.S.-based company is best for U.S. travelers because we operate under U.S. law and our tours are priced in U.S currency, meaning the price you see is the price you pay at the end, regardless of the fluctuation of any local currency.
5. If the worst happens, go to the bank.
No one likes to think about the worst case scenario, but if the tour operator you or a client is working with doesn’t deliver for whatever reason, the customer can dispute the charges with their credit card company. Many people don’t realize they’re protected by the issuing bank when services aren’t delivered. If the customer bought travel insurance, it also doesn’t hurt to check if it covers insolvency or bankruptcy. It’s not common, but it’s worth asking.
6. If it seems too good to be true, skip it.
It’s a saying for a reason. If prices seem too good to be true, they probably are. At Tenon Tours, we’re always honest with people. We aren’t the cheapest—but there’s good reason for that. We deliver a quality experience you can trust. Tenon Tours is dedicated to providing memorable vacations for travelers, doing the hard work so they don’t have to. The company specializes in trips to Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, the British Isles, Italy and Iceland.
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