DENVER – Because March is Colorado’s snowiest month and many other regions in the country have endured a brutal winter season, college students and consumers alike are looking forward to spring break getaways. With the U.S. Travel Association forecasting travel expenditures to increase to more than $940 billion in 2014, the Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder warns travelers to shop smart.
BBBs across the U.S. and in Canada received more than 7,500 complaints against the travel industry last year, a slight increase compared to 2012. Complaints often involve billing disputes or misrepresentation.
In addition to becoming educated on travel scams and identity theft before setting out on your getaway, the BBB offers the following tips when planning a vacation:
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About the BBB
The BBB is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. The BBB provides objective advice, BBB Business Reviews, BBB Charity Reports and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, your BBB also offers dispute resolution services for consumers and businesses. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, there are 113 local, independent BBBs across the U. S. and Canada. Please visit denver.bbb.org for more information.