Entrepreneur and Accomplished Travel Agent Karen Van Luven CTC
Karen Van Luven negotiates with every wholesaler and travel partner to ensure her clients receive the lowest rates on every vacation package, cruise ship and airline
TORONTO, ON, CANADA, June 2017, Karen Van Luven CTC, has joined The Travel Agent Next Door. No stranger to the world of tourism, Ms. Van Luven has been in the travel industry for more than 30 years. She has 10 years of experience working on the wholesale side specializing in selling Europe for Globus family of brands, Trafalgar Tours, EF Educational Tours and Contiki Holidays. She has 10 years of experience on the retail side with Thomas Cook & Marlin Travel. She has also lent her skills to Sunquest Vacations booking trips to the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida.
As a business owner under The Travel Agent Next Door, Ms. Van Luven demonstrates her expertise in a variety of areas, including the booking of Coach tours throughout Britain and Ireland, Europe, North & South America, South Pacific, Asia and Africa.
She is knowledgable in planning all inclusive vacation packages, corporate travel planning for individuals for both domestic and international itinerairies. She is constantly attending webinars, traveling to possible locations, researching and receiving ongoing specialist training in order to provide the best locations for her clients. In addition, she provides exemplary customer service, handles the distribution of requested travel itineraries and is known for her ability to create the perfect individualized honeymoons and destination weddings at Sandals and Beaches resorts.
A multi-talented individual, Ms. Van Luven is also well versed in the cruise industry and works closely with Holland America, Princess , Cunard, Celebrity, RCCL and Norwegian. Her specialty lies with River Cruising including Viking, Avalon Waterways, AMA Waterways & Uniworld.
Ms. Van Luven attributes her ongoing success to retaining important product knowledge and knowing what people want in a customized vacation getaway. She started in her profession at an early age following a recommendation to attend Humber College Travel & Tourism Diploma Program where she graduated with honours in 1986. Her interest in the industry has only grown since then; she became a certified travel counsellor with ACTA in 2003 and holds a certification with TICO (The Travel Industry Council of Ontario) since 2010. Armed with the belief that you always have more to learn, Ms. Van Luven keeps abreast of her field through her membership with the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors.
Looking forward, Ms. Van Luven intends to continue growing her business and clientèle, and when she's not making someone's vacation dreams come true, she volunteers her time with the Terry Fox Foundation and Women's Habitat a women's shelter that supports victims of domestic abuse.
Ms Van Luven will be with you every step of the way from pre planning stage to making your actual booking, she will be with you during your vacation should you require assistance. Insurance will also be discussed as even the best thought out travel plans can have the unexpected bumps along the way A follow up call can be expected within 1 week of return. Let’smakeyourtraveldreamintoa reality. I am your “TravelAgentNextDoor”
Business Hours 8:30 - 4:30 Tuesday - Friday & 8:30 to 12:30 on Satuday
All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.
7 nights two berth accommodation on a sailing yacht – exclusive to Contiki
A dedicated on-board skipper
Port & visitors taxes
Use of on-board gear like snorkels & goggles & stand-up paddleboard
Orientation of Honolulu, Kailua-Kona
See pineapple plantations, North Shore
Visit Pearl Harbor, Pali Lookout, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jaggar Museum, Maui Ocean Center, Thurston Lava Tube, a local farm on Maui, Waimea Canyon, Kilauea Volcano, Grove Farm Sugar Plantation
SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS City tour in Edinburgh Orientation of Dundee, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Glasgow, and Stirling See Ben Nevis, Loch Lomond, and the Battlefield at Bannockburn View Inverness Castle and Eilean Donan Castle Visit Edinburgh Castle, 18th green at St. Andrews, the Culloden Battlefield, John O'Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Newtonmore, Stirling Castle, St. Mungo's Cathedral and Linlithgow...
City tour in Arles
Insider walking tour in Paris
Orientation of Paris, Beaune, Lyon, Monaco, Nice, and Avignon
View Place Bellecour and the Basilica of Notre Dame in Lyon, the Royal Palace and Cathedral in Monaco and the Palace of the Popes in Avignon
Visit the Eiffel Tower and Pont du Gard
SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS City tour in Barcelona, Seville, Córdoba, Toledo and Madrid Orientation of Burgos, Santander, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Valencia View the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, La Concha Bay in San Sebastian, the Cathedral of Zaragoza, the Castle of Peñiscola, Serrano and Quart Towers and the City of Arts and Sciences complex designed by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia Visit...
SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS City tour in Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Assisi, and Florence Cruise to the beautiful Isle of Capri and by private launch to St. Mark's Square in Venice Orientation of Venice and Siena View the ancient sites of Rome, the Faraglioni Rocks on the Isle of Capri, Benedictine Abbey in Monte Cassino, the Byzantine St Mark's Basilica, Santa Croce Basilica,...
SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS City tour in Dublin, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast and Edinburgh Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry Orientation of Waterford, Galway, and Glasgow See St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin and Loch Lomond View Galway Cathedral, Eilean Donan Castle, the battlefield of Culloden and the 18th green at St. Andrews Visit the Irish National Stud the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle,...
SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS City tour in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry/Derry Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry Orientation of Galway and Waterford View St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, mystical Connemara and the Cathedral of Galway Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, the Titanic Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site at...