Sioux Falls-based Travel Partners Rebrands to Acendas Travel, Effective July 1

Travel Partners, a staple in the Sioux Falls business community is changing its name, but the people who have been part of the award-winning travel agency are staying put.

After 20 years operating as Travel Partners, today it takes the name of Acendas Travel. A full service travel agency headquartered in Kansas City since 1982, Acendas Travel acquired Travel Partners, June 25, 2018. In addition to Kansas City and now Sioux Falls, Acendas Travel has locations in Minneapolis and St. Louis.

The former Travel Partners staff of Mary Jo Nelson, Daniella Stich, Kristen Hosek Walker and Tracy Wilbeck (all vacation advisors) remain on board to direct the Sioux Falls operations.

“We have been extremely judicious in our growth, targeting those agencies that fit our culture,” Acendas Travel President Brent Blake said. “Bringing Travel Partners into the fold was a no brainer. Mary Jo Nelson has built a well-oiled machine and we are pleased she and the team will remain on board to serve the Sioux Falls area.”

Prior to Nelson purchasing the agency in 2000, it was known as Jack Rabbit Tour & Travel.

“We’ve put so much into this agency and wanted to ensure that it had the resources to be a thriving part of the business community for many years to come,” Nelson said. “Shortly after we began discussions with Acendas Travel, we knew immediately we found that partner, which would allow that to happen. This is a positive move for us as an agency, but even more so for our clients.”

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Acendas Travel will operate in Sioux Falls on a virtual basis for the interim. Travel advisors are meeting by phone, Zoom meeting and by appointment. Advisors may be contacted by calling 605-362-6771 or The Acendas Travel vacation website is

Acendas Travel was founded in Kansas City in 1982. In 2001, Acendas Travel became a joint venture with BCD Travel, the third largest purchaser of corporate travel in the United States. This allows Acendas and its clients access to leading technology, travel discounts and a variety of resources. 

About Acendas Travel

Acendas is an award-winning, nationally-rated top 50 travel management company with 35 years experience delivering industry-leading corporate travel solutions, full-service meeting/incentive support and customized vacation/leisure travel planning. Its success has been built on a foundation of unmatched expertise, outstanding customer service and the latest technological innovation to enhance the travel experience. Based in Kansas City and Minneapolis, the Acendas team offers a network of dedicated professionals throughout the United States to serve every travel need. Visit Acendas at