Profile in Business Link Magazine – November 2014

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Burlington travel agent helps plan the perfect vacation with a winning combination of experience, affordability and personalized service.

BY SCOTT LESLIE
The Business Link

When you’re looking to make the most of your next vacation, you can’t go wrong hiring a professional like Kevin Visser—a full service travel agent from Burlington. For nearly a decade now, Kevin has helped thousands of customers plan their vacations at the best pricing available.

“People get excited about taking a vacation,” he explains. “It’s something they always look forward to, and I love helping them create the perfect vacation.”

A Certified Travel Counsellor with the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors, Kevin can help his clients with any kind of travel requirement, whether it’s accommodations and car rentals, cruises, group tours, international flights, travel insurance, corporate trips, honeymoons and destination weddings or all-inclusive packages.

Kevin has always been an optimistic person. But several years ago, he was faced with a personal dilemma when he was working as vice-president of sales at a large flower exportation firm and lost his job due to company-wide cutbacks.

Looking to get away from the corporate environment, Kevin started looking into becoming a home-based travel agent. Having travelled to 35 countries in five continents over the years, Kevin had plenty of experience knowing what works and what doesn’t.

“I’ve always loved to travel,” he says, “so I knew it would be a perfect fit for my personality.”

In the fall of 2005, Kevin decided to get involved with TravelOnly—a family-owned travel firm headquartered in Brantford. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary in business, TravelOnly is one of the fastest growing companies in Canada with over 600 travel agents across the country.

Through TravelOnly, Kevin can offer his clients a world of benefits including special bonuses and customized packages. He can even provide the same or better pricing than most online travel companies.

Although the internet has made it easier for tourists to shop around online, Kevin says that sense of convenience can come with a price.

“People can get stressed out trying to get all the details right,” he explains. “There’s so much information out there—so it’s easy to miss things when you’re doing it yourself. With a travel agent, we can do all the legwork for you and save you hours of valuable time.”

With the global reach of the internet, it doesn’t matter where Kevin’s clients happen to be located. Although he’s based out of Burlington, Kevin currently has a range of clients throughout Canada and the U.S., and has continued growing his business every year through word of mouth.

Kevin has also won several accolades in recent years. In addition to being a member of TravelOnly’s prestigious President’s Club for his high level of sales, Kevin has been a Diamond Award winner in the Burlington Post Readers Choice Awards for Best Travel Agent for the past two years.

According to Kevin, much of his success stems from his ability to build strong relationships with his clients and get to know their tastes. He also takes great pride in his availability, working longer hours than most travel agents and getting back to inquiries the same day.

“People want someone they can trust,” Kevin says of his clients. “Online travel is huge but there’ll always be people out there that want to deal with someone they know, rather than just getting a call centre. With me, I want to make sure my clients are getting the best service—and the best deal.”

For more information call 877.335.1781,
email
kvisser@travelonly.com or visit
www.kevinvisser.com.

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