A History of Impeccable Travel Planning
Alexander Travel, LTD was founded in 1982 by three individuals with a great love of travel. The first office was only 650 square feet on Sheridan Road in Peoria IL. In 1985 the company moved to a larger space in Peoria’s Metro Centre. In 1987, Alexander Travel acquired its first government contract and opened an office at Ft Leonardwood, MO.
In 1990 Alexander Travel moved to its current location, with additional expansion in 2001 to accommodate the growing company.
At present Alexander Travel has 18 employees in its home office in Peoria, with an additional 7 agents in Missouri and Michigan handling government/military travel.
Employee training sets the tone for Alexander Travel, as all agents strive to meet clients’ needs with the highest levels of professionalism.
Operations & Government
Kathy has been in the business since 1989. She received her travel degree from Midstate College. She is a specialist in Australia, Scotland, Las Vegas, and several cruise lines. She is also the head of our government offices. Kathy enjoys working directly with clients making sure their vacation is perfect down to every detail.
Specialties: Australia, Fiji & Tahiti, Ireland, Croatia, Cruises, Scotland
Senior Travel Consultant/Marketing
Charlie has been a travel consultant since 1989. After spending 11 years in the direct marketing industry, she received her travel degree from Midstate College. She has traveled in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central & South America, Indonesia, Africa, Russia, Tahiti, Caribbean & Mexico. Her second goal in life was to see the wildlife in Africa which she finally did in 2003. Her other favorite trips were an Amazon Cruise and Russia Volga River cruise. She enjoys researching those “out of the way” destinations for clients that want to have extraordinary experiences.
Specialties: Kenya, South America, Europe, Scandinavia, Cruises
Senior Travel Consultant
Pam has been a full time agent at Alexander Travel since 1995, but began her career in the travel industry in 1976 in St. Charles IL. She enjoys helping clients find the perfect trip whether it is a weekend getaway, honeymoon, all-inclusive vacation, cruise or an extensive international itinerary. Having traveled to Europe, the South Pacific, Africa, India, the Caribbean, Mexico and within the US; she finds that her travel background, as well as the time spent studying for destination specialization, all helps her clients get the most out of any travel experience.
Specialties: Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Ireland, Cruises
Diane Van Dettum
Leisure Accounts Director
Diane has been in the travel business since 1990. She received her diploma from Southeastern Academy of Travel and Tourism. She worked 10 years at World Wide Travel in Peoria Heights, 6 of those years as the office manager along with being a travel consultant. Diane came to Alexander Travel in February 2000 when World Wide Travel closed their doors. During her career as a travel consultant, she has traveled to several destinations, including Hawaii, Alaska, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Europe, Mexico and several cruises to the Caribbean.
Specialties: Cruises, Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, Caribbean
Candy Reynolds, CTC
Senior Travel Consultant
Candy’s career began February 1976 after graduating from Midstate College Travel/Tourism program. In 1985, she completed a 2-year program earning her CTC, Certified Travel Counselor. She has experience with corporate and leisure divisions of travel. Over the years, her destination journeys have included opportunities visiting, Brazil, Australia/New Zealand, Italy, Germany, England, Ireland, Japan, Spain, Israel, Portugal, Cruising Russia's Volga River, Canadian/New England Cruise, Cruised Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, and all 4 Islands, Turks/Caicos, Puerto Vallarta, St. Thomas, St. Lucia. Each journey holds special memories with Russian River Cruise being the most memorable experience. Candy looks forward putting all travel components together creating a memory for your hearts to store for a lifetime.
Specialties: Italy, Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, Cruises
Diane Klimstra, CTC
Senior Travel Consultant
Diane began her travel career in 1980, after graduating from Iowa Wesleyan College. She spent many years in Des Moines, Iowa, managing a corporate reservation center before moving to the Peoria area. A Kenyan Safari tops her favorite vacation list and a cruise through the Panama Canal is high on her bucket list. Diane is a Certified Travel Counselor and Master Cruise Counselor, and looks forward to helping you plan your dream vacation.
Travel Consultant/Government Travel
I worked at OSF St. Frances and Convergint Technologies for about 5 years but during that time I also attended Illinois Central College and received my certificate in Travel and Tourism. It has always been my dream to work in travel and in the last year I have been able to work at Alexander Travel and begin living that professional dream. I have been with Alexander Travel since June of 2017 and I enjoy the challenges and the experience of working in a very busy and diverse office. At this time I am trained in our government department but plan on expanding my experience into the leisure travel field as well. I have had some opportunities to travel and the more I travel the more I realize that travel is where I belong professionally. Some of my favorite destinations are Mexico, the Caribbean, Disneyland and Walt Disney World but the very top of my list is Australia. It was truly an experience of a lifetime to see Australia. I have been fortunate to travel within the US as well.
Joyce has planned, customized, and escorted group tours for such diverse clients as WEEK-TV, WTVP-TV, Lakeview Museum, several church organizations, a camera club, State Farm Insurance, the Peoria Symphony, a bank, and an international seed company. She began in 1972 and in the course of working in the industry has been to 107 countries, as well resided in Switzerland for 6 ½ years.
For the past 18 years, Herb has been pursuing a second career in group travel; applying his considerable experience of 50-plus years of personal and business travel, primarily in Europe and Latin America. He has traveled to 75 countries and lived for 6 1/2 years in Switzerland. His principal interests lie in the areas of differing cultures, history and the arts.
Diana Holzgrafe, CTC
Diana graduated from Atlantic Airline School in Kansas City, MO and attended the University of Maryland. She was one of the first travel agents in Peoria to receive the Certified Travel Consultant (CTC) certification. Diana has been in the travel business since 1968. She has experience in many aspects of the travel business, including airline reservations, rail inventory control, both corporate and leisure travel agency sales, and management of corporate sales agents. In addition, she was the department head and instructor of the Travel Certification Program at Midstate College. Currently, Diana is an outside sales consultant specializing in leisure travel. Her favorite travel destinations are Hawaii, Disneyland and Disney World, Williamsburg, and any cruise itinerary. She has also traveled to Japan, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Karen started in the travel industry in 1972 as a reservationist for Ozark Airlines. She joined Alexander Travel in 1985. Karen specializes and has traveled to China, Ireland, Great Britain, Croatia, Europe, Mexico, Caribbean and Las Vegas. She is also a Carnival Cruise, Norwegian Cruise, Royal Caribbean Cruise, and Avalon Waterways specialist. She loves to book warm weather beach destinations and would love to help you plan your perfect destination wedding.
Specialties: Croatia, Cruises
Shelley Wilson, CTC
Shelley has worked in the travel industry since 1984 and loves helping clients fulfill their vacation dreams. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, including East Africa, China and Japan. Australia/New Zealand and the South Pacific are still on her bucket list. Shelley’s favorite vacation spots remain the Greek Islands although she is always very happy to go on a cruise! Having sailed on over 120 cruises – Mediterranean, Baltic, Transatlantic, South America, Caribbean, Canada/New England, Alaska, Mexican Riviera and river cruises, her favorite cruise line is the very small, intimate Sea Dream Yacht Club. Shelley served on the Disney’s EarMarked Travel Advisory Council, a group of 20 travel agency owners and managers appointed by Disney leadership to serve as a sounding board for Disney’s Travel Agency Sales and Travel Industry Marketing teams in 2015.
Specialties: Cruises, Caribbean, Disney