The California Coalition of Travel Organizations (CCTO) is a nonprofit state government relations coalition of national, state and regional associations and consortiums of travel agents and tour operators.
CCTO member organizations include individual California chapters of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), as well as United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), Student Youth Travel Association, Signature Travel Network, WESTA, Ensemble, Professional Association of Travel Hosts (PATH), Travel Leaders Network, and Virtuoso.
CCTO has been actively lobbying in the State Capitol since its formation in 1987 and sponsored the legislation enacted in 1995 that established California’s Seller of Travel Law (SOT) and its landmark Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRC).
CCTO maintains working relationships with state elected officials, regulators, legislators and others. CCTO engages with a professional legislative advocate, a grassroots lobbying program, and the support of our member organizations. Jerry Desmond Jr., Esq., with the California government relations firm Desmond & Desmond LLC, has represented CCTO since its inception in 1987.