Sceptre Tours Leaves USTOA

Company drops membership for an alternative consumer protection plan

Sceptre Tours, a Rockville, N.Y.-based operator of tours to Ireland, resigned from the U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA), effective Oct. 19.

Purchases made with Sceptre prior to Oct. 19 are still covered by the USTOA’s Traveler Assistance program, which includes the $1 million Consumer Protection Plan, according to the association. However, those made from Oct. 19 forward will not be covered. According to Chris Accomando, Sceptre Tours’ vice president, the company chose to drop its USTOA membership because Sceptre has an alternative consumer protection plan.