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Murielle Blanchard 2017 A-List

The entire Morris Murdock Travel family would like to congratulate our very own Murielle Blanchard for making the prestigious 2017 Travel + Leisure A-List for the sixth year in a row (2012-2017)!

Murielle Blanchard 2017 A-ListThe A-List is Travel + Leisure's annual selection of the world's best travel agents and destination specialists, as chosen by the editors. Each year Travel + Leisure combs through hundreds of applications and itineraries to compile this highly selective list. The recognition of being named to the A-List is a testament to Murielle's dedication to excellence, her expertise with her specific destination (France), and the fact that Murielle delivers the highest caliber experiences for clients from start to finish. Only the very best agents in the travel industry are considered.

“Murielle as an amazing travel consultant and her knowledge and expertise to Europe is unprecedented. Anyone lucky enough to work with Murielle in planning a vacation will be truly rewarded," said Brian Hollien, President of Morris Murdock Travel.

T+L sends applications to the travel agents and advisors their readers write rave about. These are the tried and true experts who have tailored perfect itineraries for clients, have logged years of experience, and nurture career-long relationships with all the right contacts and industry connections. Murielle can open doors to deliver customized experiences that fulfill travel bucket lists.

About Murielle: Of French descent, Murielle currently resides in Salt Lake City and considers herself a bridge between French and American cultures. She makes at least three trips to France each year to research new spots and look in on old favorites.

Best for: soft adventure, culture buffs, foodies/epicurean travelers.

Extras: Murielle’s Paris expertise includes shopping, especially one-of-a-kind boutiques.

To reach Murielle, please call 801.483.6533 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Murielle Blanchard
Black Pearl Luxury Services
A division of Morris Murdock Travel

It is summer, it is hot. You are enjoying gardening, walking, swimming and barbecuing with friends, but when fall comes you will have an urge to travel and yes, indeed, it is the best time to travel!

In many places it is the shoulder season, which means fewer crowds. In addition the weather is optimal, in the northern hemisphere, the summer heat has passed, but it is still quite pleasant; in the southern hemisphere, spring flowers are blooming; and in Asia the monsoon rains have ended.

Here are some of my favorite trips for the fall:

Hiking in Vermont: If you have not seen Vermont in the fall, you don’t know what you are missing. The fall colors there are simply unbelievable! With forests covering three-quarters of the state, and the highest percentage of vibrant maple trees in the country, Vermont can’t help but explode into amazing colors once the leaves start to turn. Whether you are touring the state on the scenic byways, or enjoying a crisp autumn hike outdoors, almost everywhere you look in Vermont during the fall months is alive with bursting reds, oranges and yellows.

Adding to the natural beauty of autumn in Vermont are a variety of festivals, events and activities that help celebrate the season. Harvesting fruits and vegetables, visiting farms, pumpkin patches and corn mazes, and game hunting are among the host of outdoor things to do that make fall such a special time of year.

Plus, the elegant inns, hotels and bed and breakfasts are perfect places to stay during a fall visit to Vermont, but let's plan your fall trip and lodging early, because when the calendar turns to autumn, virtually no place in America is more desirable to visit than Vermont.


Over the course of our history, our Company has welcomed several new Family Members, with AirTran Airways being the most recent. In 1994, a similar integration took place when Morris Air of Salt Lake City became part of the Southwest system. With the addition of Morris Air, Southwest was able to enter 20 new markets in seven states. This represented the largest growth of its kind in our Company’s 22-year history.

2_0Morris Air originally started as a charter airline in 1984 and was founded by travel agency owner June Morris. The travel agency (Morris Travel) saw tremendous growth in the 1970s in the wake of airline deregulation, as the airlines were able to slash fares and make deals with high volume travel agencies. Morris saw an opportunity to enter the leisure travel market as a charter flight operator. Doing business as Morris Air Service, the first charter flight was from Salt Lake City to Hawaii. The company quickly expanded to 14 flights a week to six destinations such as Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, and Anchorage. At a time when the cost of air travel in the region started to soar, Morris helped keep airfare in check. An example of this was the Anchorage–Seattle Market, where other carriers’ fares ranged between $418 and $741. Morris’ highest fare was $399 for a walk-up ticket.

As a tour operations company it is very hard when we get complaints at the end of a tour that we've conceived, developed and operated about…..the flights! Something we have no control over.

I have personally termed the act of flying to my clients as the “necessary evil” because if you want to travel, it is a necessity and anymore the airline industry as whole has a very evil aura about it. It seems appropriate when we are explaining to our clients what we can and cannot control as part of our service. But is it just the airlines fault?

What comes to your mind when you think of family vacations? Do you have fond memories of visiting the beach or a national park with your immediate family? Is it a family reunion including grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles? Is it a happy memory or one that makes you shudder at the mere thought?

Successful family vacations can happen with a little planning and foresight. There are several key elements to consider when planning that all important family vacation.