Take a good look at Shelton Travel Service.

Travel Professionals — Travel Agent in Kansas City, MO
Shelton Travel Service was founded in 1945 by Kay Shelton. She was a real pioneer, starting the first female owned agency in a five-state area. She overcame early obstacles and Shelton Travel grew to become one of the top 10 travel agencies in the Kansas City area.

In 1979 Mark Ebbitts (son of Kay Shelton) joined the agency after a very rewarding career as an Electrical Engineer. In 1989 he became President of Shelton Travel, and Kay was named Chairman.

Until 1995 we were located in downtown Kansas City, at which time we moved to much larger quarters near the Country Club Plaza. We are now located at 4800 Belleview Avenue, just 2 blocks west of the Plaza. Our offices are right on the corner, with convenient free parking in front.

Our staff has a combined 225 years' experience in the travel industry. Mary Nieman is are our corporate reservations specialist. Julie Watson, Teresa Lundberg and Claire Baker are vacation specialists and also do corporate reservations. Gwenna Pence is our specialist on Africa and handles many trips and safaris. Mark Ebbitts, our president, is in the office daily and can assist with any travel needs. Lisa E helps with accounting and marketing. We have additional support staff to further serve your travel needs.


Meet Our Shelton Travel Professionals

We would like to meet you and talk about travel, whether you need immediate assistance or just want vacation ideas. We are open Monday through Saturday and are closed Sunday except for special appointments. We invite you to drop by weekdays between 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM or Saturdays,10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.



Claire Baker is the voice and face of Shelton Travel. She answers most of the incoming calls and greets those who come into the office. She has wonderful people skills and can always direct you to the travel professional best suited to your travel needs. She also handles many administrative duties for the office and it's associates. Email her: claire@sheltontravel.com.


Mary Nieman (the shy one) has over 25 years travel experience. She is a specialist in corporate travel but does groups, cruises, and vacations as well. She has traveled to Florida, Nevada, Hawaii, Caribbean and Mexico. She does honeymoons so if a wedding is in your future, Mary should be too! She has a strong following of customers and wants you to be part of her team. Email her at mary@sheltontravel.com.



Julie Watson became a travel agent in 1995, always having a love of travel. She tries to travel herself every month or two. She has lots of experience in all-inclusive beach vacations, honeymoons, diving trips, Hawaii, Europe and South Pacific to name a few. She plans your trip like she's going along and aims to give you the tools to travel with confidence. Email Julie at julie@sheltontravel.com


Teresa Lundberg has been in the travel industry for over 30 years, six years with the airlines, six years with hotels including Walt Disney World and eighteen travel agency. She is an expert cruise planner, helping clients plan their ideal trip whether it's an ocean cruise to Alaska or a river cruise in Germany, but would love to help you with any vacation your heart desires. Teresa is an Elite Cruise Counselor, which enables her to keep up with the cruise industry. Past clients would say “Teresa is an incredible customer service travel agent”. Email her at teresa@sheltontravel.com.



Jack Poessiger has been in travel for many, many years. He has extensive knowledge of Europe and Germany especially. His domestic travels include Las Vegas, New York, California and Florida. He works for Shelton Travel part time, but is always available as he is paged anytime you leave him a message. His other work is the radio voice of KYYS, KY 99.7, WDAF 610, KMBC 980, and television/face/voice of Time Warner Cable, in a program called "Jack Goes To The Movies". He does movie reviews of major movies opening in the KC Metro area. Email him: jack@sheltontravel.com.


Gwenna Pence is our Africa expert. She has been to Africa many, many times and she has set up both individual, family and group travel to Africa. Gwenna has over 20 years travel experience. She is an independent agent working on commission only, so she sets her own hours, but is always accessible via email, fax, or phone. Email her at gwenna@sheltontravel.com.




Mark Ebbitts is the President of Shelton Travel. He has been in the business since 1977. He has traveled extensively and been round the world 2 times, and has visited over 250 countries. He works with upscale customers who want that Perfect Vacation. He is a CTC (certified travel counselor), honeymoon specialist, cruise professional counselor. He has worked on many European vacations including wonderful Amalfi coast of Italy, romantic Provence France, spectacular England and Ireland. His favorite honeymoon spots are Bali Indonesia, Phucket Thailand, Bora Bora and Morea in Tahiti, Amalfi coast, Virgin Gorda in the Caribbean, and Las Ventanas in Cabo, Mexico. Before travel, Mark worked for Procter and Gamble, and the Atomic Energy Commission. Mark has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Mark is or has been active in many Kansas City charities including Jazzoo, Bacchus Foundation, O E Ellis Society, Chamber of Commerce Centurions, Jewel Ball, The Nelson Atkins Museum, Starlight Theatre, America Cancer Society, and many, many more. Mark has served on various travel advisory boards, and is a past member of the Aviation Board of Kansas City. Mark is also currently serving the City of Kansas City, MO on the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Mark is married to Lisa, and has a son Brian, and daughter Catherine. Mark looks forward to assisting you on your next travel holiday. Email him at mark@sheltontravel.com.