The Continuing Journey: A new generation navigates family travel business – Lifestyle Magazine – May/June 2023

Original Article Published: Lifestyle Magazine May/June 2023

Ellison Travel and Tours is entering a new era. After four decades growing from a 2-person office in Exeter to a national agency with close to 100 employees, owners Doug and Cathy Ellison are handing the reins of the family business to the next generation.

The new team is made up of Doug’s daughter Marcie Ellison Outerbridge, who works at the company’s North Vancouver office and spearheaded the company’s growth in Western Canada in recent years – and Cathy’s daughter Michelle Branco and her husband Paulo.

“We’re all extremely passionate about travel,” says Branco, “We share the vision and values of the company.” That vision, she adds, stems back to Doug’s 1980 decision to leave a teaching career and follow his own passion for travel by founding the tour business.

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