Calling on an Old Friend

18 Oct 2020

By Jeff Bollig – Kristen Hosek-Walker loves her job.  As a travel agent in the Sioux Falls office for Acendas Travel, she specializes in putting smiles on faces. And when she can take a break, she gets to explore the world so she can put a smile on her own face. Therefore, when she had a chance to get away in late September, Kristen jumped... View Article

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Cozumel Mexico Isla Pasion by Twister, family speedboat, boating, boat fun with kids, children, family adventure

The Calm after the Storm: Re-Imagining Travel

14 Oct 2020

Ellie Noyes: Vice President, Vacation Division, Acendas Travel: When I have the opportunity to speak with Acendas Travel clients, I tell them that I am no different from them -I share the love for travel and embrace the memories that traveling has given me. And just like them, I’ve been disappointed that I have not been able to go out and explore the world. I... View Article

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Beach vacation mexico caribbean

The Phone is Ringing and the Emails are Coming in

01 Oct 2020

By Jeff Bollig —  It should come as no surprise that “pent up travel demand” as measured by an Association of Travel Advisors survey is at an all-time high.  After all, most if not all of us have been restricted in our movements at home, work and play for months. Acendas Travel advisor JoAnne Weeks does not need a survey to know that people are... View Article

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Escape to Paradise

02 Sep 2020

By Jeff Bollig — Thomas Helbig loves his hometown of St. Louis, but every once in a while, he feels the need to get away. After hunkering down for months during pandemic, it was time for Helbig to seek a change of scenery. So, on the advice of his brother, he contacted Acendas Travel Advisor Maisoon Barghouty. Usually, his trips are domestic – New York,... View Article

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Jumping in with Both Feet

19 Aug 2020

By Jeff Bollig — In June, Acendas Travel President Brent Blake dipped his toe in the water by taking a quick, two-day trip from Kansas City to Minneapolis. His goal was to experience the parking shuttle, airport, airplane, rental car,.hotel and restaurant experiences. All-in-all, he found his exploration to be better than he expected. According to Blake, the various aspects of the trip emphasized safety... View Article

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On the Spur of the Moment

10 Aug 2020

Mark and Kayla Ecker put off an anniversary trip in January. The news of the Coronavirus made them think twice. They thought it would only be a short delay and then they would be off to the beach for some sun and fun. But the days turned into weeks and then into months. Finally, they were ready. They needed a vacation and they needed it... View Article

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Sioux Falls-based Travel Partners rebrands to Acendas Travel

01 Jul 2020

Travel Partners, a staple in the Sioux Falls business community is changing its name, but the people who have been part of the award-winning travel agency are staying put. After 20 years operating as Travel Partners, today it takes the name of Acendas Travel. A full service travel agency headquartered in Kansas City since 1982, Acendas Travel acquired Travel Partners, June 25, 2018. In addition... View Article

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St. Louis-based Gwin’s Travel rebrands to Acendas Travel

29 May 2020

St. Louis-based Gwin’s Travel rebrands to Acendas Travel Mission, Kan. – The award-winning services remain the same, but the name Gwin’s Travel has changed. After 41 years operating as Gwin’s Travel, today it takes the name of Acendas Travel. A full service travel agency headquartered in Kansas City since 1982, Acendas Travel acquired Gwin’s Travel in December 2018. In addition to Kansas City and now... View Article

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“Can’t Wait to Say Wheels Up”

23 Mar 2020

Brent Blake President, Acendas Travel When everyone is sharing in the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a futile exercise to say one group is challenged more than another—especially when we are relatively early in the battle and tough times remain. However, I do use this opportunity to express my appreciation for our nation’s healthcare community for the extraordinary efforts it is making to... View Article

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Acendas Travel Coronavirus Update

13 Feb 2020

By Jeff Bollig — Acendas Travel closely monitors issues affecting travel and receives timely updates through its various leisure travel partners and its membership in the Signature Travel Network. We always recommend that travelers consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website ( for the latest information on any health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. The travel industry takes... View Article

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