For a copy of AITO
's Travel With The Experts, call 020 8744 9280 or log on to website www.aito.co.uk
With more than 150 member companies covering everything from family camping in France to tall-ship cruising in the South Pacific, AITO
prices are rarely the cheapest for the 1.5 million travellers carried each year.
To find out about AITO
's members and search for holidays by destination or theme, visit www.aito.co.uk or call 020 8744 9280
Says Noel Josephides at Sunvil, an AITO
member and leading tour operator in Greece, Cyprus and long-haul destinations: 'One loophole is plugged, another remains.
For a copy of AITO
's Travel With The Experts newsletter, see visit www.aito.co.uk or telephone 020 8744 9280
This year, AITO
will distribute three million copies of its guide, compared with two million last year and 50,000 just four years ago.
Mr Josephides, speaking in London at an AITO
open day, said 'There are too many operators, too many hoteliers, too many villas and too many airlines chasing a market which is growing all too slowly - and is only growing because it is being force-fed by unsustainably low prices.
member firms deal directly with the public, travellers will usually spend more with small firms than on a last-minute Thomson cheap deal.
member Sports Tours on 01708 344001 (www.sportstours.co.uk).
Smaller travel companies specialising in sailing holidays are listed on the web site of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO
) on www.
Also watch out for AITO
- the Association of Independent Tour Operators - which publishes its 2001 brochure of member companies in January.
Sue Ockwell at the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO
), says: "Six or seven years ago there was only a very small interest in adventure holidays, but people are now looking to do something different from their day-to-day routine.