We travel to exotic places, we host luxury events, we run brick and mortar businesses and we make Detroit look like the place to be even in the most outrageous temperatures. Detroit has learned to roll with the punches and small business owners that make up the city’s workforce have mastered this skill. Imani Elie, Founder and Operator of The Detroit Travel Company had to adjust her business when travel shopping moved pretty exclusively online. has become much more than a travel agency, offering event management and planning, travel merchandise and outright connoisseur services. “Our brick and mortar serves as an event space where I provide event decorations, decor, and props needed for a great hospitality experiences like birthday parties, meetings and even photo shoots.”
As a new travel agent, Elie founded her brand in 2016 as a result of garnering her degree in hospitality management; while gaining necessary experience in merchandising and gaining wholesale resources; both attributes that has helped to sustain her enterprise. “As an independent travel agency, I can essentially be a connoisseur, an agent or an advisor. Almost all three of these titles work the same way, they each have specialities in certain aspects of travel. My specialty is luxury-budgeted travel solutions,” says Elie.
The Detroit Travel Company also sells fabulous travel merchandising including colored passport covers and embroidered luggage but its main service is providing its clients with the best experiences. “Because I wanted my business to survive, I had to look at other streams of income. So I first started with merchandising which is a big part of my experience. I made passport covers and then started to make travel-themed tee shirts. My future will always be about servicing my clients with itineraries with affordable luxury travel,” says Elie. “Creating trips and travel deals while pushing more marketing and advertising. When you think of the Detroit travel company, don’t only think of Detroit but think about travel excursions planned by a business owner in Detroit who has traveled the world.”