Kent Houk, vice president of sales for Travellers Inc. of Lawrence, will chat at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday about Miami, site of the Orange Bowl, and travel packages. KU plays Virginia Tech in the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl.
This chat has already taken place. Read the transcript below.
Good afternoon. This is Dennis Anderson, managing editor of the Lawrence Journal-World. Our guest today is Kent Houk of Travellers. Travellers is offering a travel package to the Orange Bowl, where the Jayhawks will be playing Virginia Tech on Jan. 3 in Miami. Welcome Kent.
Thanks for having me Dennis!
How does business for the Orange Bowl compare to other KU bowl games of recent times?
There is quite a bit more interest. When we became bowl eligible early on, I think folks started making plans to attend the bowl we were selected to.
What can fans expect to see when they get to Miami?
There is a lot of exciting things going on around bowl time. There will be different fan activities such as a fan fest and various Alumni activities. South Beach is a popular spot for dinning and entertainment and I imagine a few folks will get their feet wet in the ocean. I imagine fans will see a lot of blue other than the ocean.
I see former KU Coach Don Fambrough and Gale Sayers will be joining your Orange Bowl trip. How much access will fans have to them.
They will be on the tour with us and anyone who knows Coach Fambrough knows he is one of the most approachable people we know. Gale and Don will be part of the group and we will have a Hawk Talk Breakfast with Don and Gale that will be exclusive of our tour package. Both gentlemen are extremely excited. Coach Fambrough is the only coach to be associated with all our Orange Bowl appearences.
Will there any activities after the game?
Nothing planned, but I am sure after our victory there will be plenty of Jayhawks out celebrating.
How do you compete with internet fares or incorporate them into your travel packages?
We are finding that most of the airfares on the internet are very similar to what we offer. The difference is that you get to talk to a live person. Travelers can also book their own air and do land-only packages with us, but as a general rule it is best to get the whole thing from us so you have one party to deal with.
Any chance you have a two-day, one-night package available (that may also include tickets)? Wishful thinking, I realize...just thought I'd ask.
Not right now. Most of the hotels have a 2 or 3 night stay minimum.
can you please advise on the closest hotels close to the miami stadium that you can recommend to students.
There are so many properties in Miami that I would suggest you call our office and let our reservation agents assist you in finding the right property and the right price. 749-0700
How much does a Bowl package cost per person?
The bowl package including Charter Air from KC is $1595 per person double occupance. All the details are at www.travellers.vacation.com. If anyone is interested in going I would suggest they call asap as we only have a few seats left.
We are out of time. I would like to thank Kent Houk of Travellers for joining us today, and the readers for your questions.
Thanks again for having me and GO JAYHAWKS!!