Meet Barbara Campbell & Gareen Ball
With so much competition from Internet travel sites, people are sometimes surprised to find that travel agencies like Wings Travel Service still thrive. But Barbara Campbell and Gareen Ball say that their loyal Kitimat clients know that personalized service is what has kept Wings in business for 40 years. Not only that, but Barbara notes that she and her fellow agents have the added experience of having travelled to almost every destination they send their customers to. Having access to firsthand knowledge of and insight into a particular travel destination is not something a person can get from the Internet and it makes a big difference in the quality of vacation that a client gets. Many of Barbara and Gareen’s clients come back year after year because they have been so pleased with the quality service and advice they’ve received for past trips.
Barbara started Wings Travel Service in 1976. Already a well-travelled agent at that point, she wanted to create something that would contribute to the community and help her secure her own future. Gareen joined her as business partner in later years, and the two are proud of how the business has flourished. Being able to change as times have changed and make decisions accordingly has helped keep the business going. So have innovations like their “Women with Wings” tours. They travel to a different location for every tour, and part of what makes the trip special is the fact that the group gives back to the destination they travel to. They’ve invested in many projects throughout the years, like digging wells in areas without access to clean drinking water.
Barbara and Gareen also make sure to pay it forward here at home. They’ve been involved with many different local projects and organizations over the years. “What we put into our community we always end up getting back,” notes Barbara. She and Gareen are also passionate about supporting their fellow local independent business owners. “We believe strongly in supporting small, local businesses,” Barbara states. “It provides knowledge and experience for our youth, creates vitality within our community and supports local non-profit and sporting groups.”
Understanding. Caring. Unique.
The difference between taking a trip and experiencing an adventure starts at Wings Travel Service. Wings Travel Service has been Kitimat’s local, independent, vibrant, knowledgeable professional travel agency for four decades. Skilled agents help you find deals that can’t be found anywhere else, with the added insight of having previously traveled to and experienced every country around the world. Wings Travel Service specializes in destination weddings, religious tours, all-inclusive sun destinations, world cruising, European tours and river cruising. It is also the originator of the “Women with Wings” tour, a limited-seating, women-only exclusive tour offered on a semi-annual to annual basis to uncommon and enlightened destinations around the globe. Hosted by women, for women.
Wings Travel Service is a member of the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce.
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