By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I am an avid reader of your column in the Sunday Sun newspaper. I am turning to you for some help. Some of my friends and I are turning 40 in a few years and we're looking at celebrating everyone's birthday by taking a trip. We are looking at between 20-40 people and would like to do something a little different. Where could I find a holiday planner who would know of resorts for rent?

A: Certifed travel counsellors are indeed experienced holiday travel planners. To find out where the nearest holiday planner or Certified Travel Counsellor (CTC) is in your neighbourhood, log onto the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors (CITC) web site at Type in your Postal Code and distance preference, then click on the Search button. Voila! A list of names will appear.

This is the same list that the Canadian Tourism Commission refers consumers to, when they are seeking help planning their Canadian vacations.

According to Steve Gillick, CEO of CITC, here are some of the reasons people like to refer to CTC's: Specialize in your dream fulfillment; offer multi-price and multi airline comparisons to save time and money; show all the costs of travel; listen to travel needs; create a personal file of your likes and dislikes, preferences & special needs; defend the travel booking in case of disputes. And CTC's are available to personally contact in case of a problem arising during the trip.


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