Privacy of personal information is an important principle. We are committed to collecting, using and disclosing personal information responsibly and only to the extent necessary for the travel products and services we provide. We also try to be open and transparent as to how we handle personal information. This document describes our privacy policies.
What is personal information?
Personal information is information about an identifiable individual. Personal information includes information that relates to their personal characteristics (e.g., gender, age, income, home address or phone number, ethnic background, family status), their health (e.g., health history, health conditions, health services received by them) or their activities and views (e.g., religion, politics, opinions expressed by an individual, an opinion or evaluation of an individual). Personal information is to be contrasted with business information (e.g., an individual’s business address and telephone number), which is not protected by privacy legislation. In addition, due the nature of the travel agency business, we also include in our policies and staunchly protect therein an individual’s financial information including checking account information and credit card information.
We collect personal information for the following purposes:
Like all travel agencies, we collect, use and disclose personal information in order to serve our clients. For our clients, the primary purposes for collecting personal information are as follows:
to make and secure reservations,
to issue transportation documents and vouchers,
to provide travel suppliers with information to complete the necessary purchasing arrangements for a wide array of travel and tourism products.
Examples of the type of personal information we collect for those purposes include the following:
Telephone, fax and email address
Date of Birth
Credit Card Information,
Passport or Visa Information,
as well as similar personal information necessary to properly identify our clients and their entitlement to the services we arrange.
Protecting Personal Information:
We understand the importance of protecting personal information. For that reason, we have taken the following steps:
Paper information is either under supervision or secured in a locked or restricted area.
Electronic hardware is either under supervision or secured in a locked or restricted area at all times. In addition, passwords are used on computers. All of our cell phones are digital, which signals are more difficult to intercept.
Paper information is transmitted through sealed, addressed envelopes or boxes by reputable companies.
Electronic information is transmitted either through a direct line or is anonymized or encrypted.
External consultants and agencies with access to personal information must enter into privacy agreements with.
Retention and destruction of personal information:
We need to retain personal information for some time to ensure that we can answer any questions you might have about the services provided and for our own accountability to external regulatory bodies.
However, we do not want to keep personal information too long in order to protect your privacy. Our client and contact directories are much more difficult to systematically destroy, so we remove such information when we can if it does not appear that we no longer need it. However, if you ask, such contact information will be removed and destroyed right away.
We destroy paper files containing personal information by professional shredding service. We destroy electronic information by deleting it and, when the hardware is discarded, we ensure that the hard drive is physically destroyed. Alternatively, we may send some, or all of the client file to our client.
You can look at your information:
With only a few exceptions, you have the right to see what personal information we hold about you. Often all you have to do is ask. We can help you identify what records we might have about you. We will also try to help you understand any information you do not understand (e.g., various industry forms, technical language, etc.).
We will need to confirm your identity, if we do not know you, before providing you with this access. We reserve the right to charge a nominal fee for such requests. If there is a problem, we may ask you to put your request in writing. If we cannot give you access, we will tell you within 30 days if at all possible and tell you the reason, as best we can, as to why we cannot give you access.
If you believe there is a mistake in the information, you have the right to ask for it to be corrected. This applies to factual information and not to any professional opinions we may have formed. We may ask you to provide documentation that our files are wrong. Where we agree that we made a mistake, we will make the correction and notify anyone to whom we sent this information. If we do not agree that we have made a mistake, we will still agree to include in our file a brief statement from you on the point and we will forward that statement to anyone else who received the earlier information.
Do you have a concern?
We want you to be confident that your data is secure. If you have any concerns or objections regarding privacy or our use of your personal data, please contact us. We appreciate and value your patronage. Privacy is not a privilege, it’s a right.