Port Orchard travel agent starts his own agency during pandemic

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PORT ORCHARD – For the last 38 years, Arthur Ferguson has been helping people travel. The longtime Port Orchard travel consultant handled everything for his clients: booking cruises and land tours, securing flights, arranging hotels and rental cars.

Then came the coronavirus pandemic, and in mid-March the entire travel industry ground to a halt. Cruise lines, airlines and hotel chains saw heavy losses as countries enacted travel restrictions and lockdown orders kept people inside.

On March 20, Allure Travel — the Australia-based company that purchased Ferguson’s former employer, Doug Fox Travel – permanently shut down its Tacoma office, where Ferguson has worked since 2015, and laid off all the employees there.