CEO – Owner - Travel Advisor

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My career in travel started in 1966 as the bookkeeper for a travel agency in Hutchinson KS and within weeks was managing and organizing group tours. In 1986, our family (husband, Ken and son, Devin) purchased Sunflower Travel in Wichita and opened a branch in Derby in 1994. Today we take great pride in operating the leading travel agency in the Wichita area for over 30 years.

First-hand knowledge of world-wide destinations and global connections provides clients memorable experiences. My passion for the industry carries through with customized itineraries , attention to details and customer service. I specialize in planning independent travel to Australia and New Zealand, as well as, other authentic destinations. Customers are comfortable referring their friends and families to Sunflower.

I enjoy sharing my years of experiences and product knowledge with Sunflower Travel staff as they research travel plans for clients. I am aware that one must keep updated on the ever evolving change in the travel industry and encourage agents to attend classes and seminars to increase their knowledge of travel destinations.

Bobbi’s Travel Experiences

Africa: South Africa (Johannesburg), Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia (Zambezi River and Victoria Falls), Zaire, Morocco

Caribbean: Cuba, Bermuda, U.S. Virgin Islands (St Thomas, St John, St Croix), Grand Cayman, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Barbados, Trinidad, Barbados, Bahamas

Europe: Austria, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice, Sicily), Azores (Madeira), Spain (Madrid), Portugal (Lisbon) , France (Lyon, Paris) , Croatia (Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split), Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg), Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Egypt,

Slovenia (Ljubljana)

Latin America: Panama

Orient: China (Peking, Shanghai, Xian), Hong Kong, India (Delhi, Bombay, Agra), Japan, Nepal (Kathmandu), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket), Indonesia (Bali, Jakarta)

Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway

South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Punta Arenas, Uruguay

South Pacific: Australia: Adelaide, Cairns, Canberra, Melbourne, Port Douglas, Sydney and Tasmania

Fiji (Nadi and Suva) New Zealand: Christchurch, Queenstown, Rotorua, Auckland, Mt. Cook, Nelson

Tahiti (Papeete, Bora Bora, Moorea)

United Kingdom: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

United States: Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida (Fort Myers, Key West, Miami, Orlando, Sanibel Island, Tampa), Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaiian Islands ( Kauai, Maui, Oahu, The Big Island), Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York (New York City), Oklahoma, Texas and many other cities/states

Cruise Lines Sailed: Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, and RCI

Certifications: Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) obtained August 1979

Aussie Specialist - An Australia Tourist Commission designation

Tasmanian Specialist - An Australia Tourist Commission designation

Kiwi Specialist - New Zealand Tourism Board designation

Affiliations: Memberships and Boards

American Red Cross - Board of Directors - Midway-Kansas Chapter

American Society of Travel Agents - ASTA

Soroptimist International of Wichita

Wichita Art Museum – Wichita Center for the Arts – Designing Women

Wichita Area Sister Cities

Wichita Bizwomen

Wichita Festivals and Autumn & Art - Volunteer Committee

Wichita Committee of Foreign Relations

Wichita Independent Business Association

Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce – Visit Wichita

Wichita State University Alumni Association

Wichita Rotary East

World Trade Council of Wichita

Previous served:

AIWF - American Institute of Wine and Food – Board Member

American Society of Travel Agents - ASTA - served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President of Missouri Valley Chapter (5 states area)

Butler County Community College - Hospitality Management Advisory Board

Governor’s Council on Travel & Tourism - Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing

Greater Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau - served as Chair in l997 - Board Member and Co-Chair of Tourism Committee

Old Cowtown Museum Board

Wichita Chamber of Commerce - Executive Board Member

Wichita Mayor’s Air Service Task Force

Barbara ( Bobbi ) Hansen