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
Karen, is a Certified Travel Consultant (CTC), a Certified Cruise Consultant, a Certified Caribbean Specialist, and a Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE). Professionally, she has been with Sabre/Travelocity, Virtuoso, American Express Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Travel Agents International, Uniglobe Travel and several independent agencies. She has been a Corporate Travel and Meeting Manager for a $1 billion investment firm and has taught travel and tourism for several colleges.
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.
I have a love for travel, a heart for people, and a desire to help you discover destinations and adventures for your travel memories. I specialize in destination weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and family travel.
Planning the ideal vacation can be stress-free and enjoyable. It’s simply a matter of connecting with someone who understands your dream, and knows how to make it a reality. It’s my desire to see your dreams come to life.
I believe that travelers deserve a customized vacation experience that is authentic and personal to who they are.
Trusting me with your valuable leisure time ensures you have an expert to research, plan, and book the vacation of your dreams.