Keeping a travel-focused company running for four decades is no easy feat. Jeff Arensdorf, the current owner of Village Travel, credits his tour business success to hiring good people and offering quality service at a fair price.
“That’s what gets good results,” he said. “Also, I’m not risk averse, and I’ll take one if it looks healthy to me.”
Although the actual 40-year-anniversary celebrations for Village Travel won’t take place until next year, the Wichita-based company has already marked the occasion with major changes. A new name, a fresh logo and a state-of-the-art corporate headquarters building contribute to the rebranding of this bus and motorcoach company. Continue Reading…
Village Travel is breaking ground Wednesday on 10 acres at the northwest corner of K-96 and Ridge Road where it’s building a new 48,000-square-foot headquarters.
“The sooner the better,” says president Jeff Arensdorf of the new building. Continue Reading…
For almost all of its almost 40 years in business, Village Travel has been headquartered near 21st and Tyler.
That’s going to change thanks to the company’s acquisition of 10 acres at the northwest corner of K-96 and Ridge Road.
“We do plan to build a new building there,” says president Jeff Arensdorf. “We’ve grown quite a bit.” Continue Reading…
Village celebrates 30 years of Summer Mystery Tours by putting together a 30th Anniversary Summer Mystery Tour. Seven different tour dates were offered with the same special itinerary over a two-week period. Over the years, mystery tours have been added for each season of the year, but the summer tour is by far the most popular.
Village holds a one day grand re-opening of it’s Oklahoma City facility on August 15th. The event concludes the completion of a 1.3 million dollar facility upgrade. The upgrade includes a new parking lot that will accommodate up to 30 motorcoaches at any given time along with shop and wash bay additions. The need arose after Village’s acquisition of Time Lines back in Spring 2012. The construction took nearly one year to complete.
As of August 1, Village begins management of the Greyhound terminal at 312 S. Broadway. Village was already at the terminal several times every day with its four dedicated line-runs. The terminal will undergo some needed remodeling. The employees at the terminal will continue to wear Greyhound uniforms, but work directly for Village.
Village purchases two 2009 MCI J4500 56-passenger coaches to maintain a late-model fleet.
Village takes delivery of a brand-new entertainer ‘super’ coach. The unit is a 2013 Prevost H3-45, and features amenities like a 55” flat screen television, satellite, Wi-Fi, refrigerator, microwave, and sleeps 29 people.
Four Village motorcoaches and several drivers are used to do the parking lot shuttle for the NCAA Women’s College World Series May 30th – June 5th in Oklahoma City. This year, Village transports 8,000 people per day with the four buses running between the Hall of Fame Softball Complex to Remington Park.
Village now owns and operates four dedicated line-run coaches that were a part of Prestige Charters. These line-runs operate much like Greyhound between Wichita and Salina as well as Wichita to Pueblo, CO, with numerous stops along the way. Passengers can use these routes to connect with Greyhound national routes.