Q&A with Franchise Owner Elbert Stockberger
Elbert Stockberger, franchise owner of Expedia CruiseShipCenters Bellevue, made the decision a few years ago to open his travel agency, and he did so with one purpose: to help those in the community plan life-changing trips and find favorite home away from home destinations.
What is your favorite home away from home destination?
Cannon Beach, Oregon. I love to travel there with my husband, Barry, and dog, Max. But when I really need a relaxing getaway, my home is on a cruise ship. I can unpack my belongings, shoves my luggage under the bed and for seven to 10 to 14 or more days and live completely relaxed with no worry about parking or restaurants or traffic. I look out at the sea from my balcony and let the smell and the sounds and the freedom wash away work and stress like no other vacation can do.
What is the most memorable trip you’ve helped plan for a client?
My most notable experience so far happened when I assisted Mr. Jim Kesl plan a family reunion. What I later learned was that this was no ordinary family reunion, but instead a group of people connected by similar last names meeting each other for the very first time. Mr. Kesl was eager to make this trip happen and I loved being included in the process. The cruise ended up being a success and now the well- acquainted family continues to see the world together and plan to become even closer year after year.
What is unique about your travel agency?
My team of travel consultants all live locally, they all share a zest for travel and are excited to share that with their clients. Also, clients can call and receive consultation over the phone or they can come into the store and receive face-to-face consultation. This type of interaction truly makes the experience even more personal and it allows the consultant to get to know the traveler, their likes, dislikes, fears and hopes. Knowing the traveler on a deeper level allows the consultants to pick the perfect destination, itinerary and accommodation, on a cruise or resort or tour or any combination.
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