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About Us

Hometown People with Worldwide Connections

This travel agency began in 1976 when Pauline Dent opened LaPorte Travel Center at 1200 Michigan Avenue in LaPorte with one full-time agent. In 1980, LaPorte Travel Center acquired First Merchants Travel in Michigan City. The two offices became one company operating as First Travel Center, Inc. Pauline's daughter, Nancy Dent Gorman, joined the family-owned business and operated both offices from 1980 until April 2000, when two employees of 11 years, Lisa M. Bedwell and Tracy E. Hayter, purchased the company and changed the name to Bedwell & Hayter, Inc. dba First Travel Center. Currently we employ 4 full-time employees, 1 part-time employee and 4 outside sales agents.

First Travel Vacations

Our Staff
Lisa M. Bedwell, Owner

Tracy E. Hayter, Owner

Suzanne Jarka, Travel Consultant

LaPorte Staff

Products & Services

First Travel Center specializes in a wide variety of business and leisure travel including:

  • Airline Reservations
  • Tours and Group Tours
  • Cruises
  • Rail Travel
  • Complete Passport and Visa Services
  • Car Rental and Hotel Reservations
Products and Services

And once you have decided on a location, we also offer comprehensive destination information including:

  • Driving Directions
  • Weather Reports
  • Restaurant Availability
  • Sightseeing Options
  • Hotel Ratings
Products and Services

For more information on us or any of our products and services, please contact us.

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