Oct 27, 2017 08:00AM
By Kara Schweiss
Bellevue Travel president Julie Imgrund loves to travel. "My favorite city in the world is London, and my favorite place to relax is Jamaica," she says. But even more, she enjoys "opening people’s eyes" to new places and cultures.
"My favorite thing about being a travel agent is when people, especially when they’ve never traveled before, come back and say, 'That was wonderful! Where can we go next?'" she says.
Bellevue Travel originated as Television Travel, a venture by late local newsman John Hlavacek, before employee Phyllis Meyer bought and incorporated the business as Bellevue Travel in 1982. Imgrund worked there for two years before husband Richard’s military career took the family overseas, but she returned in 1998 and assumed ownership with her husband nine years ago.
Today, Bellevue Travel operates out of the Tower Square office plaza, and Imgrund still is an active agent alongside Brenda Robinson and Katie Seymour. "We’re very happy with where we’re at. We’re one office, one location, there are three of us; this is who we are," she says.
Imgrund says travel agencies remain vital.
"We look for the best value for your money—not the cheapest thing—because sometimes paying a little bit more gets you a whole lot more. We look for the best experience for your budget," she explains, adding that travel agents know what questions to ask about what’s included, what costs extra, and what’s optional. "There are details people don’t think about."
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