FLORENCE – Larry and Chris Dettmer know the tips and tricks to help Northern Kentuckians travel the world.
The Southgate couple opened Expedia CruiseShipCenters, which operates under the umbrella of Expedia Inc. at 7561 Mall Road, in November.
“We felt there was a void in the community,” said Larry Dettmer. “A lot of people haven’t used a travel agency because everything seems so accessible on the Internet, but there are special services we can provide to the community.”
The pair have traveled extensively together and adventured to distant locales with the U.S. Air Force.
“I didn’t go into the military with the idea of experiencing the world, but I’m glad I had that opportunity to go,” said Larry Dettmer.
With their own travel experience and the information provided by Expedia, the Dettmers decided Florence’s Mall Road was the perfect spot to start helping others find their future destinations.
“Nowhere in Northern Kentucky is more accessible than Mall Road,” he said.
Chris Dettmer said people usually have an idea of where they want to go for a trip, but they don’t realize all the complications involved in long-distance travel planning.
“Even though cruises are mentioned in the business name, we can help people with any kind of travel,” she said. “We’re a full-service travel agency and can help people with flights, hotels, vacation packages, travel insurance and rentals, as well as all the other associated needs. If you’re planning a trip online, no one is going to tell you how to get a passport or how to renew one. We can help with pretty much anything you need for your trip.”
Larry Dettmer said Expedia CruiseShipCenters started in Vancouver and is slowly expanding throughout the United States. There are about 40 locations now, but the company has plans to have up to 220 offices within the next five years.
Similarly, the Dettmers hope their office will grow.
They are looking for independent travel consultants to help clients, and they hope to add even more in the coming years.
“The technology attracts people to this organization,” Larry Dettmer said. “Starting doesn’t require any travel experience. Training is available and the opportunity is always there.”
They are hosting a free event to help potential travelers learn more about overseas travel opportunities with an “Extraordinary Europe” travel event at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24.
Larry Dettmer said they hope to host these informative events every few months. They will have specialized publications available with more opportunities.
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