Our company began operations in September of 1970 as a retail Travel Agency in Tallahassee, FL. The business was started by Frank W. Hazelton and Hurley W. Rudd. Both men were successful operators of Radio Station WTNT. At the time, Astro Travel and Tours was Tallahassee's 3rd Travel Agency.
In 1976, Charlie W. Hunter, one of the current owners of Astro Travel and Tours, was hired to take over management of the company. The Travel Agency quickly became the largest agency in North/Central Florida and South Georgia.
In 1988 upon the death of Frank W. Hazelton, Charlie W. Hunter and Rachel Hunter (his wife) acquired ownership in the Company.
Astro Travel and Tours, began Motor Coach operations in 1996. The first bus was a 1996 Terra Transit Turtle Top, 24 passenger unit. At first this was to be a supplement to the company, but within 6 months due to the success of the Motor Coach operations, we began adding full size coaches. Our service in the beginning focused on services to Athletic Teams, both High School and College. This is today one of the main portions of our operation along with various other services including tour, family reunions, weddings and educational school trips.
In the spring of 2000, the Hunter's acquired the stock of Hurley Rudd and became sole owners of the Company.
Due in part to the success of the Motor Coach division, in 2002 the travel agency portion of the business was disbanded and full time was devoted to the Bus Division. The company at that time had 2 fulltime employees in addition to the Hunters, Brandi Brown and Melanie Evans. Matt Brown was named as Manager of the company in 2005. Astro Travel and Tours, has continued to grow into one of the largest coach operators in North Florida and South Georgia, with a fleet of 12 units, including full size Prevost's, Temsa, and a Limo Bus.
In 2013, Astro made the successful transition to the second generation when Matt & Brandi purchased the stock from Charlie and Rachel.
Our growth continues much in part to the dedication of our employees to service and safety. We continually strive to offer safe and courteous transportation for all of our customers.
Our repeat business is one of the things we are most proud of and we will continue to strive for excellence in all areas of our transportation services.