The History of the Tulip Tour Tradition!
Tulip Tours was founded by Ben and Grace Mulder and Don and Bernice Kooy over 15 years ago. The two couples have traveled around the world and wanted to share their experience with others. They formed Tulip Tours and have worked together until recently when they retired. Thankfully the next generation of the Mulder family will carry on the tradition. The Mulder and the Kooys are still traveling and enjoying the benefits that the company has to offer with their outstanding tours.
Over the last 15 years they’ve led groups on several destinations, some trips have even been repeated multiple times due to popularity. The trips have varied with some as small as a few days away at local destinations to their biggest trip, which was an Alaska cruise with 447 travelers. Besides traveling within the United States, they have also been on nine cruises and have traveled to at least 15 foreign countries. Each tour has been a success – check out the great reviews. Some customers have even gone on more than 30 trips!
Tulip Tours has transformed only slightly with the change in ownership. Travelers will still get the same great personal service at an affordable price. A few visual effects have changed, including the company name (Now Tulip Tours & Travel Services), as well as updating the company logo and website. They are also offering a few new travel services. A blog was recently added so both the travelers and family and friends back home can enjoy the photos and updates on the tours. They are also offering custom photo albums, which has been a big hit. Photo Album.
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Steve was born and raised in Kalamazoo. Flori grew up in Southern California and is the oldest daughter of Ben and Grace Mulder, the previous owners of Tulip Tours. They met at Calvin College and married, 31 years ago. They lived in Ontario, California where Steve taught at Ontario Christian Jr. High for five years and Flori worked with developmentally disabled adults at Salem Christian Home. Steve later went on to get an engineering degree at the University of Michigan.
They currently live in Southwest Michigan. Steve has been an engineer for Whirlpool for 22 years and has had opportunity to travel all over Europe, South America, and Asia for work (and for pleasure!). Flori went back to school for a Master’s Degree and has worked as a counselor for the past 10 years. They have raised three children, whose interests have also allowed them to explore new territory. Steve and Flori always enjoy traveling, love to be with people and look for ways to have a good time!
Bernie, like Flori, grew up in Southern California and is the son of Ben and Grace Mulder. Bernie attended Cal Poly SLO and received his degree in Dairy Science. For the past 28 years Bernie has worked for Ferndale Grain (Cargill). Bernie & Starla reside in Sumas, WA. Together they own a small business called “Drench-Mate” which they run out of their home.
Bernie keeps busy with sales and management while Starla does all with the bookkeeping. Bernie and Starla recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have four children, two are married and reside locally. The youngest two live at home, one attends college and the youngest attends Lynden Christian School. They enjoy traveling, seeing new and exciting places, experiencing new cultures and love meeting new people.
Michael and Carol they live in Chandler, Arizona. Carol is also a daughter of Ben and Grace. Both Carol and Michael are self-employed; Michael owns & operates Michael’s Handyman Services and Carol owns Creative Matter.
Carol adds a great deal to Tulip Tours as a graphic designer and has recently launched our latest brochure for 2010 and created our website and blog! We are thankful to have her talents to add a personal touch to Tulip Tours! You will meet them on future tours as well!
Lisa and Glen Oostema
Glen and Lisa live in Lynden, where Glen works as a carpenter and Lisa works part-time for Procter and Gamble. They have two children, a son and daughter, both attending college. Lisa is the youngest daughter of Ben and Grace. She will add her touch to the tour business by creating memory books for each tour, helping with the blog and, like the rest of the family, she can’t wait to travel on tours with you!
We all look forward to helping you with your upcoming travel plans. Please contact us and experience our commitment to excellence and service!
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