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Welcome to the online home of travel columnist Donald D. Groff, who has dispensed advice  and stories since 1988 in such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Newark Star-Ledger, The Kansas City Star, Newsday, Salon, Condé Nast Traveler, Consumer Reports Travel Letter, The Boston Globe, and Endless Vacation magazine.




Travel agent specialties

Finding a travel agent who specializes in the country you want to visit can be a challenge. Some countries offer specialist programs for U.S. travel agents -- by entering a zip code or searching under a state heading, you can locate these specialists. Also included here are specialists called to our attention. 

If you have one to recommend, submit the name, agency, link and phone number using the contact link.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W X Y Z

Australia

Tourism agency: Australian Tourism Commission 
U.S. phone: 800-369-6863
Link for trained agents: Certified Aussie specialists
Agency/site  Base Agent names U.S. phone
Swain Australia Tours Ardmore, PA   800-227-9246

 

Austria

Tourism agency: Austrian National Tourist Office
U.S. phone:  212-575-7723  
Link for trained agents: At site, select Plan your trip to Austria/Recommended travel agents
Agency/site  Base Agent names U.S. phone

 

Belgium 

Tourism agency: Belgian Tourist Office
U.S. phone:  212-758-8130
Link for trained agents: At site, click on Book your Belgian trip
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Egypt 

Tourism agency: Egypt Tourist Authority
U.S. phone:  212-332-2570
Link for trained agents: Egypt tour operators by U.S. region
Agency/site  Base Agent names U.S. phone

England 

Tourism agency: VisitBritain (formerly the British Tourist Authority
U.S. phone:  800-462-2748
Link for trained agents: BritAgent program
Agency/site  Base Agent names U.S. phone
 

 

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France 

Tourism agency: French Tourist Office
U.S. phone:  410-286-8310
Link for trained agents:
Agency/site  Base Agent names U.S. phone

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Germany 

Tourism agency: German National Tourist Office
U.S. phone:  212-661-7200
Link for trained agents:
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India 

Tourism agency: India Department of Tourism
U.S. phone:  Indiatourism, 212-586-4901
Link for trained agents:  Tour operators in U.S. 
Agency/site  Base Agent names U.S. phone


Italy 

Tourism agency: Italian Government Tourist Board 
U.S. phone:  212-245-4822 
Link for trained agents: Italy tour operators
Agency/site  Base Agent names U.S. phone
Caravella Italy Philadelphia  Vincent Graziani 888-665-2112
Doorways Ltd Bryn Mawr, Pa.  Tuscany  800-261-4460
610-520-0806
VIA Travel Design Philadelphia Tuscany 215-248-2570
Untours Media, Pa. Tuscany 888-868-6871
Italia Reservations California Tuscany 510-843-0928

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Ireland 

Tourism agency: Tourism Ireland
U.S. phone:  800-223-6470
Link for trained agents: Shamrock Club
Agency/site  Base Agent names U.S. phone
   

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Nepal 

Tourism agency: www.visitnepal.com
U.S. phone:  
Link for trained agents: Nepal Association of Travel Agents
Agency/site  Base Agent names U.S. phone

 

Netherlands 

Tourism agency: Netherlands Board of Tourism
U.S. phone:  888-464-6552
Link for trained agents: At site, select Best deals/Contact Holland specialist
Agency/site  Base Agent names U.S. phone

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Scotland 

Tourism agency: VisitScotland
U.S. phone:  800-462-2748
Link for trained agents: Scotsmasters
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Spain 

Tourism agency: Tourist Office of Spain
U.S. phone:  800-657-7246 
Link for trained agents: Spain Specialist Program
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Switzerland 

Tourism agency: Switzerland Tourism
U.S. phone:  212-757-5944  
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Home and villa rentals in Tuscany and other destinations worldwide (See also the Italy listings)

Villas and Apartments Abroad  New York          800-433-3020
European Connection Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 800-345-4679.
Hideaways International Portsmouth, N.H 800-843-4433
At Home Abroad Inc. New York 212-421-9165
Invitation to Tuscany Alexandria, Va., office 703-379-5895
Cuendet & Cie Siena, Italy  

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European guide. The European Travel Commission publishes a free annual guide that covers about 30 countries, including contact information for their tourism offices. Get it by requesting the European Planner at phone 888-745-3876 or visit Web site www.visiteurope.com

Caribbean guide. The Caribbean Tourism Organization publishes the Caribbean Vacation Planner, with descriptions and contact information for most islands. Request the printed version by calling 800-356-9999 or visit www.doitcaribbean.com 

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