Merit Group Travel is Canada's expert in group travel. We are a division of the Merit Travel Group, a privately held, owner managed company that has grown to become Canada's largest independent specialty travel company, serving up to 350,000 travelers every year. We have been operating since 1974 (previously the groups division of Travel CUTS) and have over 50 offices in Canada as well as hundreds of affiliate offices worldwide.
We are truly a diverse travel company. We have developed unique and exclusive travel products over the years including SWAP Working Holiday Programs & Volunteer Abroad. In addition, we have negotiated specialized student, youth and teacher airfares, an exclusive travel insurance product and a wide selection of specially priced tour product.
Other Divisions and Companies
The Adventure Travel Company
- Merit Sports
- Merit Travel
- Merit Vacations
- Merit Loyalty Group
SWAP Working Holidays
Our Mission Statement
We will share our passion for learning through travel by creating travel opportunities that enable our clients to experience the world close-up and first-hand in order that, together, we may develop a greater appreciation of the world’s diversity and a better understanding of our place in the global community.
Our staff are the life blood of the company. Simply put, they are the best. Conscientious, knowledgeable and well traveled, they make us stand out in the industry. Our large repeat clientele are a testament to the dedication and skills of our staff.
We have been strong proponents of Responsible Tourism since our inception. We do the due diligence on our suppliers to ensure, as best we can, that their code of practices meets the criteria of Responsible Tourism. For our clients, we promote our belief that responsible travelers explore the world in all its facets with an open mind and that they learn about other cultures and people, offering their hand in friendship while respecting and celebrating diversity. But the concept of Responsible Tourism is both complex and controversial. We invite our clients to research for themselves what responsible tourism means and how they, as the traveler, can incorporate, in their travels, a code of practices that make positive differences and limits negative impacts.