Bonnie Newman, Regional Sales Director of Virtuoso and Mayor Helene Schneider along with members of the City Council presented awards to Charles and David de L’Arbre, Co-Owners of Santa Barbara Travel. Also present were Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce President, Zoe Taylor, Santa Barbara Downtown Organization Executive Director, Bill Collyer, and the staff of Santa Barbara Travel. David and Charles attribute their success to an experienced and dedicated agent team who prioritize excellent customer service while using state-of-the-art technology.

Santa Barbara Travel was started by Albert “Bertie” de L’Arbre in 1947, after serving with the OSS during World War II and having traveled the world. Now owned and operated by Bertie’s sons, Charles and David de L’Arbre, Santa Barbara Travel is the largest locally-owned travel company in the tri-county region. The award-winning company, voted #1 Travel Agency year-after-year, has offices in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Ventura, and employs over forty travel professionals. Santa Barbara Travel is a member of the by-invitation-only, luxury travel network, Virtuoso – comprised of top leisure travel agencies in North and South America, the Caribbean and Australia. The agency’s membership in Virtuoso brings a host of unique travel opportunities and exclusive values to the agency’s clients as well as access to the world’s best tour companies, hotels, and cruise lines.

Looking for a new career? For those interested in joining the exciting world of travel, Santa Barbara Travel will be offering travel schools in both Santa Barbara and Ventura. The program, starting January 23 is designed to teach students about the travel trade, popular and exotic tourist destinations, and how to market and arrange accommodations and transportation for prospective clients. Contact Melinda Kornder for enrollment or more information at 805-650-6999.

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau welcomes you to visit or call one of their branch locations: Santa Barbara – 1028 State Street, 805.966.3116; Montecito – 1485 East Valley Road, 805.969.7746; Ventura – 3140 Telegraph Road, 805.650.6999. Website:


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