Three Generations of Blowes Travel
Blowes Travel opened for business on Thursday, March 31, 1949, in downtown Stratford, Ontario as Stan Blowes Travel Service. Stan Blowes, who had worked in the travel business since 1929, and with Trans Canada Airlines since 1937, foresaw that travel would take off.
Travel in 1949 was still domestic. People traveled to visit family or to see the country they lived in. Only an elite few traveled to foreign places to broaden their horizons. This type of travel, however, remained a luxury until the jet age.
Customer service has always been an integral part of Blowestravel. And in those early days with TCA, this included picking passengers up at their homes and returning them home once their trip was over. Although this type of service is no longer feasible, this strong service ethic is still very much a part of us.
Barry Blowes purchased the business from his father in 1969 when Stan retired. Since that time the business has changed dramatically, becoming one of the most technical and computerized industries in the world.
When computers came on the scene, Blowes Travel was the first agency in the area to embrace the technology. In the beginning, one computer was shared among the entire staff, but now we have a highly complex state-of-the-art system and an extensive database, a website and social media outlets.
With the advent of the Internet, people can now book their own trips online. This does not make us obsolete, but a valuable partner in the quest for the perfect vacation. It is a perceived notion that the Internet offers the best deals. This is not always true; in fact, it can cost someone a lot more in terms of headaches and ruined plans. That is why our online booking solution will appeal to a lot of our clients. They can surf the web to book a trip to Cuba for instance, but we are here to make sure that their trip is smooth and we have the ability to fix problems is they happen. Our agents' experience and expertise allow them to customize your travel plans while keeping your health and safety utmost in their minds.
Blowes Travel expanded in 1986 by opening a second office in Listowel. In 2005 Blowes Travel became an associate office of CARLSON WAGONLIT TRAVEL. In December 2007, CWT Blowes Travel purchased the Travel Bug in London (Byron), Ontario bringing our locations to three. The company continued to expand with the purchase of CWT Strathroy Travel in the fall of 2009 and opening an office in Mitchell in 2012, and then a second office in London on Richmond Street in 2016.
From a one-man operation in 1949 to a highly trained staff of twenty professionals in six locations today, BLOWES TRAVEL AND CRUISE CENTRES INC. is one of the oldest family owned and operated Travel Agencies in Canada and is dedicated to serving its community. Barry (Sam) and his son Rob (at photo, right) work together with their staff to bring experience and new perspectives to the world of travel. We take great pride in having served three generations of families and businesses alike.
When it comes to travel....Blowes knows!