With a desire to help people in their community find the right vacations, local entrepreneurs and new franchisees Vicky Barzey, Marty Fulkerth and Jed Snatic have opened an Expedia CruiseShipCenters location in Chestermere, Alta.
Barzey has 12 years’ experience as an Expedia CruiseShipCenters travel consultant and has now returned to the company to become a franchisee with the help of her brother, Fulkerth, and friend, Snatic, who both love travel. Barzey leads the team with her in-depth knowledge of the travel industry. When she worked for Sears Travel, for example, she was ranked number one in sales in Western Canada.
“I look forward to working with the community,” she says. “The Internet can become overwhelming when trying to plan a vacation. With so many options available, customers really want to speak to an expert. Our travel consultants can explain the differences among ships and cruise lines to help our customers find the vacation that’s perfect for them.”
Expedia is the largest online travel company in the world and its CruiseShipCenters brand comprises 180 franchises. Customers can choose from numerous travel options over land, sea and air, including customized trips and coach and rail tours.
In addition to the research and booking features available on their website, Barzey and her team will offer personal travel consultations in person, through e-mail or over the phone, so customers can book when, where and how they choose.