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Wichita Office Moves After 36 Years

On October 11th, Wichita employees made the long-awaited move into the new corporate office. Excitement was in the air as employees packed up their things and settled into their new work spaces. Customers also joined in the excitement, six tour groups departed from the new facility in the first 3 days of occupancy. The new Departure Center includes two enclosed, heated bays and a lounge área that seats up to 100 people. Tour customers are able to drive through the building to drop off their luggage, before driving into the secured customer parking lot. The majority of Village’s administrative staff operate out of the corporate headquarters as well.
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New Branding Unveiled

A new corporate name, logo and coach graphics were unveiled at a ceremony that was live streamed via Facebook to employees and customers. With a new headquarters being built and a 40th anniversary coming up next year, it seemed like the perfect time to make a much-needed change. Village has evolved significantly over the years, adding in new services and locations. We have gained more than 115 employees and added 36 coaches to our fleet in the last year alone.

“We are a company that is focused on travel – charter buses, tour packages, travel agency services, scheduled bus services and entertainer coaches. All of these facets of our business are centered around taking people places, hence the name change. Although we have grown, we are still one company, and the new name allows us to better represent that to our customers,” said Jeff Arensdorf, CEO.

The new logo was designed by Greteman Group, a well-respected marketing firm in Wichita. Several ideas were pitched, and it soon became clear that this logo would be the future look of the company for years to come.

“The company started out as Alpine Village Tours, but when it bought its first bus, they painted Village Charters on it and the company operated primarily as Village Charters in the public eye for several years,” explains Arensdorf. “Then, they started using Village Tours for all their advertising and by the mid-’90s had some buses running around branded as Village Charters, while some other buses had the Village Tours branding.”

In recent years, Village coaches have been branded with the “Village Tours & Travel” logo and the infamous “splash.”

Simplifying the name to Village Travel was a decision that was not made lightly, but we do feel it was what was best for all facets of our business. “Travel” is broad enough to effectively cover the company’s tour and charter divisions as well as its travel agency.

Breaking ground on new headquarters this week

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…

Village Travel acquires 10 acres for new headquarters

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 Travel Honored with Motorcoach Industry’s Top Award

(Alexandria, VA) Village Travel, one of the largest charter coach and tour companies in the Midwest, was honored by its industry peers with the United Motorcoach Association’s Vision Award for large fleet operators, March 1, in St. Louis, at the organization’s annual convention, the Motorcoach Expo. The vision award is the association’s highest honor and there are two winners each year, one for a fleet of 15 or more motorcoaches and one for companies with fleets of 14 or fewer vehicles. Continue Reading…