It’s been a tough decade for travel agencies. Between the same financial crisis all businesses had to contend with they have also suffered from the advent of Internet travel sites and a notable downturn in international travel after September 11, 2001.
Today, Craig Corey Vacations
celebrates 20 years in business not only because they survived, but now they are back in growth mode. The agency, which once employed six in a large Downtown Lansing loft office, downgraded to a home-based business in 2002.
Now, the agency is moving back to downtown, into a 500 square foot office in the Atrium Office Center.
“You really still need the visibility of a physical office,” says owner Craig Corey, “and I want to seize the opportunity to do so, but also, there is a renaissance occurring in Downtown Lansing
, and I want to be a part of it.”
Corey is currently the only employee of his company, though he plans to expand his staff as the business continues to grow. He explains the resurgence of his industry as travelers having a renewed interest in learning more about where they’re about to go.
“We’ve had a huge a move back to professional travel planning,” he says. “There is so much information on the Internet. It might be factual, but it might not be realistic when it comes to your trip.”
Corey will move to the new location in mid-July. Craig Corey Vacations will be the only full-service travel agent in the City of Lansing.
Source: Craig Corey, Craig Corey Vacations
Writer: Natalie Burg, News Editor