Summary of Travel Experience
Karen has worked in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry for twenty-eight years. During this time, she has served on both the agency and account sides and has been actively involved with the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), National Tour Association (NTA), American Bus Association (ABA), and Southeast Tourism Society (SETS).
Most recently she has worked closely with the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) in crafting a marketing strategy and advertising campaign for the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation to launch the Southwest Virginia region as one of America's last great undiscovered destinations.
She has attended the Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism, VA-1 Tourism Conference, the North Carolina Governor's Conference on Tourism, and the Pow Wow international travel forum.
For over twenty years, she worked closely with Visit Florida and the Florida Tourism Corporation marketing various resort communities across the Florida panhandle including Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort, WaterColor, WaterSound Beach, WindMark Beach, Alys Beach, and the Perdido Beach Hilton. She held board positions on the Pensacola Convention and Visitors' Bureau and South Walton Tourist Development Council. During this time, she was employed by Intrawest Destination Resorts (NYSE: IDR) based in Vancouver, British Columbia and the Malaysian multi-national corporation, Sime-Darby.
In the late '90s, Karen launched and served as editor and publisher of two in-house publications, Sketches, a regional Northwest Florida biannual, and the vacation periodical, Souvenir.
Over the past two years, she started and has been a primary travel, hospitality, and entertainment correspondent for a regional tourism and economic development blog. Her latest release is a travelogue about Maine.
Travel writing is her passion and proficiency.