Business Profile: Carrie Graham

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Title and Firm: Carrie Graham is sole proprietor of Alaska Reliable Travel Services, which opened in May of last year.

Services: "I work out of my home so I am available all the time," Graham said. "I work via e-mail which I think is a great way to do it because you can respond faster. Customers can always drop by and go through brochures. I can make house calls in the evenings. I am very flexible."

Graham specializes in travel to the Hawaiian Islands, especially Maui, and Disneyland. "But I do it all," she added.

"We are promoting cruises, such as a group cruise on Carnival to the Mexican Riviera, leaving Los Angeles on Sept. 15. It's a great time to get family together, and we have great rates so a fourth or fifth person can go for about $400."

Quotable: "With my online booking site, people can research and browse. You can search by destination, by connecting cities; you can do hotel and car. We will look it over before the ticket is actually printed to make sure you get the best deal." The online booking site address is www.travelgalileo.com/cyndicruiseand travel. "I have just got that instinct for finding answers," she said.

Background: Graham, 28, previously worked for Mark Air and Alaska Travel. She planned her own wedding, which was held in Maui.

Family: Graham is part of the Baxter family, the daughter of Kathy and Gary Baxter of Douglas. In addition to her parents, she has grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and a sister living in Juneau. She is married to Jason Graham who works on the Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education. They have a daughter, Makenna, who is 3 months old, and twin daughters, Danielle and Kyelisa.

Contact information: Alaska Reliable Travel Service operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can be reached at 789-6804 or (866) 789-6183. Her office is at 9335 Stephen Richards Memorial Drive. Graham's Web site is still under construction. She is an associate of Cyndi's Cruise & Travel and a member of Vacation.com, a consolidator that furnishes news of good deals.



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