By Steve Turner

Total Travel Solutions, Inc was started by Steve Turner who has over 25 years of experience in the travel industry.

He was born in the United Kingdom but lived there for only a few months before he and his parents moved to Zambia when his father took up a position working for the mines in, what was then Broken Hill, now known as Kabwe. It was in this small mining town in Africa that Steve started his schooling.

In 1969 job opportunities moved the family to the coal mines of Natal, South Africa. Here Steve was sent to a small school called Uelzen Primary School where he learnt to speak, read and write Afrikaans and German. He completed his schooling at Wartburg-Kirchdorf High School in the Natal Midlands just outside Pietermaritzburg. By this time the family had moved to Swakopmund, Namibia.

After completing his schooling all Steve wanted to do was travel. He worked for a year at Rossing Uranium Mine outside of Swakopmund, Namibia, and saved up enough money for a two month vacation in Europe. It was here that his love for travel was born. Prior to leaving on his trip to Europe he had applied to work as a travel agent at the local travel agency in Swakopmund, Woker Freight Services, where he had booked his Europe trip. His manager and mentor, Elke Gruttemeyer, taught him all the basics and it was apparent that Steve had a natural flair for the industry.

After a two year stint with Woker Freight Services working in all three of their offices in Namibia, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Windhoek, he moved on to Cape Town, South Africa where he started a long, though interrupted, career with the local affiliate of American Express Travel. He worked for them for about a year and half before he left them to join Safleisure, a division of Safmarine, with their latest venture into the world of cruising. For 18 months he worked onboard the cruise ship "Astor" starting as a waiter in the late night bar but ended his onboard career as a 3rd Purser in charge of the Shore Excursions office, front office and onboard accounting system.

He returned to South Africa and resumed his travel agency career with American Express Travel where he worked in both leisure and corporate travel ending up in Johannesburg running the in-house corporate travel offices for Gencor, one of the largest mining houses in South Africa. During his time in Cape Town he was honored by winning the American Express Great Performers Award, a worldwide award honoring American Express employees who went above and beyond the call of duty to assist their clients.

He left American Express Travel and joined a small agency, Travel Creations, where he assisted clients in both leisure and corporate travel.  In 1996 he was offered a position as agent with Gracy Travel International, Inc and in December of 1996 took the huge step of moving to the United States. He worked for Gracy Travel International, Inc until March of 2009 helping to build Gracy Travel International, Inc into one of the leading niche travel agencies specializing in travel for the sporting hunter traveling with sporting weapons.

On April 1st, 2009, Steve made another career move and opened Total Travel Solutions, Inc with the intent of offering professional travel arrangements with personalized service. During his years of working in the industry Steve has traveled to many exciting places in the world and with this knowledge and experience in the field you are assured of excellent service.

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Last modified: 05/05/09