Owner Bios

Owner Bios

CTCVoyages Full Service Travel Agency

Katherine Burgess, Co-Owner and President of CTCVoyages

After graduating from Texas Tech  University, Katherine spent most of her adult life abroad as an employee of the  Agency for International Development and, later, as a Foreign Service spouse in  Kenya, Tunisia, Guinea, Congo, and Switzerland.

Twenty Years Experience As a Travel Agency Owner

In 1985, she and her husband, retired Foreign Service Officer Dwight Burgess, opened Uptown International Travel in Dallas, Texas, which they sold in 2000.  In 2004, she and Dwight moved to Durango, Colorado. Having earned her Ph.D. from the University  of Texas at Dallas in 2006, Katherine taught at Southwest Colorado Community College and Fort Lewis College until she decided in 2011 to return to her first love – the travel business.  As a result, with her son and husband, she established CTCVoyages.

Fully Accredited Travel Agency

CTCVoyages is a member of CLIA, the official trade organization of the cruise industry of North America. It is also accredited by IATAN, whose mission is to promote professionalism, administer meaningful and impartial business standards, and provide cost-effective products and services that benefit the travel industry. Consequently, Katherine now uses her experience and expertise to offer travelers superior customer service. CTCVoyages also has an independent contractor relationship with Montrose Travel one of America’s Top 40 Travel Management Companies, with over 200 employees, over 500 independent contractors and $270 million in gross sales.  Montrose affords CTCVoyages access to over 70 preferred suppliers in the Cruise, Tour and Hospitality fields.  This, As a result, enables us to offer the most affordable offers in the travel business.

CTCVoyages Specialty is Luxury Cruises and Tours

Katherine specializes in luxury, small-ship cruising, African safaris, and personalized touring to Europe and exotic locations.  She has completed specialty training for Azamara Club Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Windstar, Uniworld River Cruises, Avalon Waterways.  She has been certified by Monograms Vacations, Globus Tours, and the Tanzanian Tourist Board. Katherine also spent a semester at sea with Chapman College on a four month trip on the MS Ryndam to the Atlantic coasts of Latin America, Europe, and Africa, thus adding immensely to her knowledge of ocean travel.
Dwight Burgess, Co Owner, Chief of Marketing, and Webmaster

Dwight has had a career overseas spanning over 40 years as a Foreign Service Officer in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East and a five year career as a Manufacturers Representative for Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia for two major Manufacturers of RFID tags.

As a result of his worldwide experience, Dwight decided to switch gears and become a Travel Marketer.  He also learned  Website management and became a Designer and Manager for the two CTCVoyages websites. In addition, his broad international experience in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and especially Africa helps in the travel business.  In addition, he has visited over 70 countries in the world and has knowledge of more than 27 National parks and Game Preserves in East and Southern Africa. He has taken over 20 cruises and other water excursions throughout his career, which includes long ferry rides, Merchant Marine Ships, plus as a US State Department briefing officer on a US Navy Aircraft Carrier in the Mediterranean  a Destroyer off West Africa.

Sam Burgess, CTCVoyages Co-Owner

Sam grew up as a “Foreign Service Brat.” He was born in Tunisia and started his schooling in Lubumbashi, Congo. He spent the first three years of elementary school in the French language section of College du Leman in Geneva, Switzerland.  In addition, his experience with the travel industry started in Dallas, Texas, where he delivered airline tickets for his parents’ travel agency, Uptown International Travel.  After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, he worked for American Express Travel Services in Dallas.  Also, after moving to Boulder, Colorado, he joined Moguls Mountain Travel, as a ski vacation specialist. He moved to Telluride in 2007 where he also consults in the hospitality industry.  For CTCVoyages he offers exceptional knowledge of the ski scene in Southwest Colorado, including lodging, lift tickets, and touring.

Katherine Burgess
CTCVoyages
Toll Free – 1-866-629-6499
Email – katherine@ctcvoyages.com
Mobile and Text – 970-903-925
Durango, Colorado Local Number – 970-259-4008

Sam Burgess
P.O. Box 70
Telluride, CO 81435
Phone: (970) 708-2440

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