WE ARE A MEMBER OF
Virtuoso is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises more than 1,000 travel agency partners with 20,000 elite travel advisors in 50 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. Virtuoso travel advisors draw upon first-hand experience and unparalleled connections to partner with clients to craft the perfect vacation. Travelers who work with a Virtuoso travel advisor get access to more than 1,800 of the world’s top hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, destination specialists, tourism boards, and more. They also enjoy exclusive products, VIP services, and privileged access.
Virtuoso Agent Qualifications:
We Know the World … and the World Knows Virtuoso
From archaeological digs to kayaking, from countryside walks to wildlife safari adventures – Virtuoso travel specialists know the world and all the ways for you to discover it. They have intimate knowledge of the hotels, resorts, cruise lines, tour companies, and destinations they recommend, and many Virtuoso travel specialists are recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as true travel experts.
Certified Travel Agents
Virtuoso travel specialists have an average of 20 years of experience in the luxury travel field and are certified by the Institute of Certified Travel Agents. They are passionate about travel and confident in their ability to book their clients’ dream vacation getaway.
Southlake Travel is an affiliate of Virtuoso, a by-invitation-only travel organization of over 340 travel agencies with more than 7200 elite travel specialists in 20 countries with annual sales of $3 billion.
Karen Dawson, Agency Director
Ms. Karen Dawson, CTC, CTIE, Managing Director, Southlake Travel -Contact: (817) 657-9866 (cell/text); firstname.lastname@example.org; www.southlake-travel.com – Evening & Weekend Appointments; Readers Choice Award for Best Travel Agency – 2018 / 2019 / 2020 – Dallas-Fort Worth. Certified Agent: Tauck Tours; Certified: Seabourn Cruise Lines; Certified: Sandal Resorts, Hotels & Honeymoons;
Personally handled the vacation travel for Mr. Ned Johnson, Chairman/CEO, Fidelity Investments. Corporate Travel & Meetings Director, Colonial Investments; Travel Franchise DIrector – American Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Uniglobe Travel; Product Marketing: Sabre / Travelocity; Sales & Marketing Manager, Virtuoso, Fort Worth, TX. Experience with C-suite executive / private travel arrangements; Corporate and incentive travel programs nationally and globally.
Karen Dawson CTC CTIE
Interests & Specialties
Culinary & Wine Country Tours, Garden & Golf Tours, Honeymoons, Destination Weddings, Special Anniversary Celebrations, Cruises & Family Vacations
Karen is a Certified Travel Consultant, a Master Cruise Consultant, a Certified Caribbean Specialist, and a Certified Travel Industry Executive. Professionally, she has been with Sabre, Virtuoso, American Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Travel Agents International, Uniglobe Travel and several independent agencies. She has been a Corporate Travel and Meetings Manager for a major investment firm and has taught travel agency management, tourism, meeting / event planning and the Sabre GDS at a college-level.
Prior to joining Southlake Travel, Vicki enjoyed 25+ years at Verizon where she was responsible for the design/execution of travel and specialty events for multiple sales organizations nationally. She created unique travel experiences, both domestic and international, for groups ranging from intimate VIP trips to Paris to hosting large groups at the Grammy Awards. At Southlake Travel, Vicki applies her skills, experience and passion for travel by creating memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for her clients. Her areas of expertise include Girlfriend Getaways, Couples Retreats and Celebrations, Family(s) Vacations, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Men Golf Outings, Wine Excursions, to name a few. Whatever your interests… culinary, health/wellness, wine, golf, gardening, cultural/arts, exploration…land or sea, Vicki can help create your next destination experience.