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Online Travel Technology Company, Reserve Direct, Celebrates First 10-Year Employee Anniversary

Ashley Dickey & John Johnson.
Ashley Dickey & John Johnson.

As travel company Reserve Direct celebrates 13-years of providing travel reservations for customers and booking solutions for travel suppliers, it is also celebrating another milestone— it’s first 10-year employee. Ashley Dickey, Reserve Direct’s Destination Content Manager, started with the company in 2003 and, besides the three owners of the company, has been the longest running employee to be part of the growth of the company over the bulk of its history.

“Ashley started with us as a customer service representative and quickly became a valuable part of the call center team,” said John Johnson, President of Reserve Direct. “So we offered her a full-time position and she flourished from there.”

Ashley was promoted to Destination Specialist, where she began generating content for all of the Reserve Direct destination Travel Guides, focusing on news, events, and travel tips.

After completing a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Literature and Mass Media at Missouri State University, Ashley was promoted to Destination Content Manager, the position she currently holds. This new job gave her greater control over the content generated on all of Reserve Direct’s websites. Ashley has been instrumental in leading content creation for products, blogs as well as social media and product reviews.

“Ashley has taken her in-depth travel experience and turned it into experiential content, giving our customers inside information to make their trips better,” said Kevin Weidemann, Creative Director. “Our customers really get a sense of what to do when they visit, and that’s part of the reason why they choose to book with us.”

“I started with Reserve Direct, thinking it was just a job to benefit my college education. I soon found I was part of a small business on the verge— and I was excited to be involved.  Over the years, Reserve Direct has continued to grow, and the evolution of this small business has been inspiring,” said Dickey, upon reflection of her tenure. “It has given me creative and intellectual freedom while also instilling a family and community-like environment in which I thoroughly enjoy to work.”

Reserve Direct congratulates Ashley on 10 years of dedicated service.

About Reserve Direct
Reserve Direct is a travel reservation technology company that focuses on specific travel destinations, offering local expertise and reservations for shows and attractions, as well as hotel reservations to vacationers, families and businesses. The company also offers fulfillment tools to travel suppliers and other regional travel resources. Reserve Direct provides travel service in a variety of markets like Branson, Missouri; Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Williamsburg, Virginia; the Hawaiian Islands; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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“Fall” for Branson: Great Weather and Beautiful Foliage Make This the Perfect Season for a Missouri Ozarks Vacation

While summer may be prime time for folks to leave their offices and enjoy a few weeks’ vacation, the fall season has its own unique charms. In Branson, Missouri, the cooler weather and smaller crowds encourage a slower pace, while the town and surrounding areas have no shortages of things to see and do. To ensure that couples and families can make their vacation dollars really stretch, travel reservation company Reserve Branson offers discounted tickets and package deals for all of Branson’s great attractions.

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Branson has earned a national reputation as a family-friendly, dynamic and memorable destination for couples and families. Tucked away in the Missouri Ozarks, the Midwest’s premier vacation hotspot combines natural wonders with entertaining attractions for all ages. For a complete rundown of everything Branson has to offer, visit http://www.reservebranson.com.

Major events this fall include the National Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City, an 1880s theme park in Branson. A Western-themed spectacle, audiences will be wowed by the Texas Trick Riders and their unrivaled horsemanship. Craftspeople and performers from around the country will be on hand throughout the festival, which runs from September 12 through October 26.

In Branson proper, the 40th Annual Autumn Daze Arts & Craft Festival will be held downtown from September 19 to 21. Visitors will enjoy demonstrations of traditional craft techniques, a free live concert and street dance, and an enormous food court. Autumn Daze is a celebration of the town’s rich and diverse history. Local craftspeople and artists make up the bulk of the more than 100 artisans who will line Commercial Street.

The performing arts are yet another major draw in Branson, with some of the country’s leading musical acts routinely visiting the town’s venues. Can’t-miss concerts this fall include:

  • America 9/20
  • Clint Black 10/4-5
  • Diamond Rio 10/5
  • Kenny Rogers 10/11
  • Bill Cosby 10/12
  • Jim Belushi 10/25
  • John Michael Montgomery 10/26

In addition to Branson’s well-known parks and attractions, the surrounding countryside has plenty to offer adventurous travelers. As the leaves change from green to myriad fiery shades of red, yellow and orange, a relaxing trip along the Branson Scenic Railway offers storybook scenes. This picturesque woodland can also be explored on foot or on a bike, and the cool fall weather means sojourners of the outdoors won’t be battling stifling heat and humidity. Other pursuits, such as riding a zip line or playing a round at one of Branson’s fun, challenging public golf courses, are even more enjoyable when nature turns down the thermostat.

Branson is conveniently located right in America’s heartland, a few hours’ drive from major cities like Memphis, Kansas City and St. Louis. Vacationers can now even reach Branson by air; in March, Southwest Airlines added Branson as a destination.

Thanks to Reserve Branson, booking a trip to “The Live Entertainment Capital of the World” is a snap. Anyone can shop for and select an affordable vacation package direct from the company’s website: http://www.reservebranson.com/branson-packages.

Reserve Branson offers bundle pricing on multiple attractions, shows, and lodging. There’s no need to worry about booking through various agencies or keeping track of lots of paperwork. Additionally, package deals are a definite money saver, an important consideration for budget-conscious couples and families.