By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I am considering a vacation package with a local company that I have never used before. You sometimes hear stories about people getting ripped off when they book a trip with a travel company. I know the one I am dealing with is most likely on the up and up but I'd like to make sure. How can I tell?

A: The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) can confirm whether your travel company is registered with TICO or you could use TICO's Registrant Search engine found on its website at Simply click on the TICO Registrant Search link on the home page. You can also call TICO for assistance at 1-888-451-TICO.


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