World Travel Center Salina KS
World Travel Center Salina KS
World Travel Center Salina KS
"The Travel Professionals"
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Meet the World Travel Center Staff

Sue Shuman, Owner


Sue graduated from Kansas State University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio & Television.  After  20+ years as first a legal secretary and later an executive secretary, she purchased World Travel Center in December, 1983.  In celebration of the big career change, she went to dinner at a Chinese restaurant with friends the evening she signed the contract to purchase the agency.  Her fortune that evening read, “Take time to travel; your troubles will unravel.” 

A friend captured that phrase in needlepoint, and it still hangs in her office today, a constant reminder of how prophetic that saying was to become.  She is currently the oldest travel agency owner in Salina, both in terms of chronological age and business longevity.  Her great love is escorting groups, and vows never to retire as long as her health is good, and friends and clients still want an escort to take them to fun and exciting places.


Joyce Williams, Manager



Joyce graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Horticulture, with a minor in Interior Design.  She has worked in sales all her adult life.  Joyce has been key in the success of World Travel Center since she came to work for the company in 1985.  She had a five year “leave of absence” from 1989 to 1994 when her husband, Ted, was transferred to Ohio.  Fortunately, he transferred back to Salina and she returned to World Travel Center. 

Joyce accomplishes any task she attempts, and is a master at multi-tasking.  She has a “steel trap” memory for details and is an expert on cruising, vacation packages, and both domestic and international destinations. 


Jan Bolin, Agent



Jan started her career as a travel agent in 1976 after completing the 9-month Travel and Tourism course at Brown Mackie College here in Salina.  Jan “retired” in 1985 to stay home and be a full-time mother.  But when the “travel bug” bites you, it’s hard to leave the field permanently.  Jan went back to work as a part-time travel agent from 1992 to 1995.  Then came the boom in computer technology.  She was able to work at home as an outside sales agent for World Travel Center and still be involved with her children’s school activities. 

In April, 2004, Jan was persuaded to return to her original full-time position as a travel agent in our office.  In addition to her role as full-time wife and travel agent, Jan is active in her church.  Jan has a keen eye for detail, and loves working on groups, cruises, honeymoon planning, and vacation packages.


Betty Pelzel, Agent



Betty joined us in 2012 with over 30 years of sales experience.  She previously worked in the hotel & hospitality industry and has taken more than 20 different cruises. 

She now shares her extensive cruise knowledge & love of travel with her clients.  Her enthusiasm for travel is contagious!




Sarah Buechel,

Group Coordinator



Sarah graduated from KU in 1978 with a BA degree in Environmental Science.  She began her travel career organizing group tours and cruises in Lawrence, KS.  She happily traveled through Europe, Greece & Eqypt, as well as several US destinations, and in 1984 earned her CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) designation. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest, she worked in marketing & office management in the life insurance industry.

As our very capable group coordinator since January 2007, she quietly works her magic in the background making the rest of the group department look good. 


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World Travel Center / 1827 S. 9th / Salina, KS 67401
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