In April 2013, Travel & Tours Unlimited, Inc. Announced Its 15th Anniversary as a Travel Agency

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This year, Travel & Tours Unlimited, Inc. marks its 15th anniversary as a travel agency. The agency, which was started by Laurie Martz as a part-time venture, quickly became a full-time agency which has evolved as the travel industry has been transformed.

the main objective of Travel & Tours Unlimited is to help plan its clients’ best week of the year – their vacation.

On April 30, 2013, Travel & Tours Unlimited, Inc. announced that it is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a travel agency. Started as a part-time home-based venture by Laurie Martz, so that she could have flexible work hours and be home for her pre-teen children at the end of the school day or when they had off from school, the travel agency quickly turned into a full-time plus small business.

From the day Martz started the business in January 1998, the travel industry was in a state of change with the advent of the boom in cruise vacations, significant changes in airline travel, advances in technology and volatility in the economic and political landscape.

For example, September 11, 2001 brought a monumental shift in the travel agency business model. In the days immediately after September 11, travel, for all intents and purposes, came to a screeching halt. While travelers regained their appetite for vacations shortly after the new year, the business model for travel agencies was changed forever. Many store front travel agencies went out of business or consolidated with larger agencies, while home-based agencies became main-stream. The recession of the past several years also made its mark on the travel agency business model.

Travel & Tours Unlimited continued to grow through all of these changes. Today, the agency has established itself as an area expert in planning Disney vacations. For years, it has been designated by Disney Destinations as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. In July of 2008, Martz was also appointed as an original member of the Disney’s Travel Agent Advisory Council. Martz is also recognized by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as a Master Cruise Counselor and by Sandals as a Certified Sandals Specialist.

One area of the travel industry that Travel & Tours Unlimited is currently focusing on is the planning and escorting of group cruises and tours.

Travel & Tours Unlimited tries to distinguish itself from other travel agencies by the personalized service it provides to its clients. According to Martz, the main objective of Travel & Tours Unlimited is to “help plan their clients’ best week of the year – their vacation”.

As the travel industry continues to evolve, there will undoubtedly be challenges ahead for travel agencies like Travel & Tours Unlimited to navigate as they determine how to adapt, change and grow. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds going forward – there is undoubtedly a world of possibilities.

Travel & Tours Unlimited, Inc. specializes in all types of cruises, tours and vacation packages. Its goal is to “help its clients plan their best week of the year – their vacation!” The agency has been designated as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner by Disney, a gold level Certified Sandals Specialist by Sandals and a Master Cruise Counselor by the Cruise Line International Association. Visit them at

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