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Velma Tollison

Tyler, Texas Travel Agent
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Velma Tollison

Tyler, Texas Travel Agent

Certified Travel Counselor

I've been in the travel industry for over thirty years, both in wholesale and retail travel. I currently manage the office in Tyler, TX. In addition to quoting prices like various impersonal websites do, I also recommend hotels, sight seeing, restaurants and activities based on your personal interests. I use many different resources when working with a client to make sure the trip they envision is the trip that comes to life. I want each client to have the perfect trip, every time.

My Travel Specialties

Luxury Beach Hotel - Perfect for an Incentive Trip

Incentive Travel is my Specialty

I have worked with numerous companies on incentive travel. It is one of my favorite things to do because it's something that requires a lot of research, a lot of planning, a lot of detail and a lot of coordinating ... Read more from my Incentive Travel is my Specialty bio.
Sled Dogs Training for the Iditarod Race

Alaska Specialist

If you’re looking to take a vacation filled with adventure and some of the most breathtaking views in the U.S., then Alaska might be your next ideal vacation destination. Alaska, the 49th State, and in the Aleutian language "The Great Land", is ... Read more from my Alaska Specialist bio.

LUXURY VACATION EXPERT

When you have a limited amount of time off from work, you want to go all in on a dream vacation. Why cut corners on a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Luxury vacations are all about giving yourself a much needed break from your ... Read more from my LUXURY VACATION EXPERT bio.

LUXURY HOTELS

There are many types of accommodations you can book for your vacation, from the simplest campsite to the plushest all-inclusive resort. They’ll all give you a home base for exploring a destination far from home, but I have a soft spot ... Read more from my LUXURY HOTELS bio.

VILLAS

Luxury hotels are coveted accommodations for their fabulous amenities and high-quality service. Villas are very similar, but provide this luxury in a more private setting. A villa typically has its own fully functional kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a private pool or ... Read more from my VILLAS bio.

CANCUN EXPERT

Cancun has a reputation as a spring break destination, but there is so much more to this vibrant Mexican city than its nightlife and youthful party scene.The most popular day trip from Cancun is easily the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ... Read more from my CANCUN EXPERT bio.

PUERTO VALLARTA EXPERT

Few romantic getaways rival Puerto Vallarta. Located on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the Jalisco region, this is one dedicated seaside resort town that lives up to its hype. The sunsets here are legendary, and the town is filled with ... Read more from my PUERTO VALLARTA EXPERT bio.

RIVIERA MAYA EXPERT

The stretch of Mexican coast south of Cancun is one of the most glamorous and exciting destinations in the world: the Riviera Maya. Rich with ancient history and teeming with natural Caribbean beauty, the region has exploded with fun eco-tours and ... Read more from my RIVIERA MAYA EXPERT bio.

EUROPE RIVER CRUISES

River cruising is one of the easiest ways to see a lot of Europe comfortably and conveniently. While the big ocean liners are restricted to the Mediterranean coast, on a smaller river ship, you can cut right to the heart of ... Read more from my EUROPE RIVER CRUISES bio.

ASIA RIVER CRUISES

Interested in something completely different? Asia river cruises are the best way to explore one of the world’s largest and most exotic continents. You’ll get past the major cities and venture into rural areas still shrouded in mystery. Meet interesting people, ... Read more from my ASIA RIVER CRUISES bio.

RUSSIA RIVER CRUISES

Russia river cruises can take you from St. Petersburg to Moscow in style. Sail on the iconic Volga River between these two major Russian cities, making stops along the way in smaller, unexpected towns where you can get a real taste ... Read more from my RUSSIA RIVER CRUISES bio.

Getting Ready for a Balloon Flight

Group Travel Specialist

I am often involved in various aspects of group travel. Cruise groups, Destination Weddings, Family Reunions, Church Groups, Senior Citizen Groups, Incentive Groups or simply a group of friends going somewhere together. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a ... Read more from my Group Travel Specialist bio.

My Travel Experiences

Imagine Your Incentive Trip Here
Incentive Trip Ideas
Table Set for a Group Dinner
Group Travel Ideas
Crab caught in the waters of Alaska
Alaska Photos

Alaska, the Best U.S. Cruise

My favorite cruise is right here at home...Alaska! I've cruised in Alaska four times now and hope to go again someday. If you have not cruised in Alaska, please add that to your "must do" list very soon. I would love to help you plan the most amazing and memorable trip ... Read more from my Alaska, the Best U.S. Cruise story.

1,000 Cruise Giveaway

A large grocery chain in the area wanted to offer a unique promotion and incentive to their customers. They contacted me for ideas. It was a little different than the usual incentive group which normally consists of a group of people traveling together, because the company wanted to enable the winners ... Read more from my 1,000 Cruise Giveaway story.

China Group

When I worked in wholesale travel I escorted a group to China which had over 4,000 attendees. We handled the hotel reservations, all of the China visas, special meetings, dinners and most of the air reservations. I traveled to China for the events and worked in the Expo Center ... Read more from my China Group story.

My Reviews

13 of 23 people found this review helpful

A dream trip for me and my daughter!

Reviewed By Regina - Tyler TX | Traveled to Kyoto ~ Japan ~ East and Southeast Asia
Velma has been such a support when I travel. I have someone to call when my plans don't work out to help me reschedule a flight or let a hotel know when I'll be delayed.
She really listens to my requests and give me good advice on those things we want to do. She also knows what other things we would enjoy and makes suggestions.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Velma Tollison responded:
Thank you! I loved the photos of your recent trip to Japan.
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10 of 18 people found this review helpful

Cruisers for Life

Reviewed By Big Mike and Lilbit - Benton, LA | Traveled to Yucatan ~ Mexico
I refer to Velma as my "GO TO" Cruise Pro!!! Her number has been shared more than any other in my contacts!! All I have to do is tell her when we want to go and she handles the rest!!! She has made ALL of our travel plans HASSLE FREE.and that is what you want!!! Everyone knows that we cruise a lot, what they are afraid of is the how, the where, the how much....I give them Velma's number and tell them how simple she makes things! We are hard working people and want a total relaxing vacation, Velma takes the headache out of the planning! She always goes above and beyond what she does for us! Thanks Velma for all of YOUR hard work for our fantastic vacations!!!!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Velma Tollison responded:
Thank you Lori! The fact that you love to cruise so much makes my job so much easier! I appreciate all the referrals you given out for me through the years. I hope to help you plan many more fun and memorable cruise vacations.
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Always Efficient

Reviewed By Robin - Whitehouse TX | Traveled to Las Vegas ~ Nevada ~ USA
Velma is always efficient and looking out for best deal for my family. I always recommend her if u gave the opportunity!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Handles Complex Bookings

Reviewed By J Hunter - Whitehouse TX | Traveled to Switzerland ~ Europe
Kind, accessible and does accurate work on complex bookings.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Everything Handled Start to Finish

Reviewed By R. Grant - Tyler TX | Traveled to Hawaii ~ USA
Easy to work with. Everything handled for me from start to finish. All I had to do was pay, pack,show up and enjoy my first vacation in many years. Will go back again for my next adventure.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Took Care of Everything

Reviewed By J Simmons - Troup Texas | Traveled to Riviera Maya ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Velma worked hard and quick to find multiple places to choose from. Also provided input for each area. She was able to take care of everything we needed and handled all transactions. She was easy to get ahold of and always sent out information in regards to our trip. We have chosen her twice now and will continue. Thank you Travel Leaders.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Professional and Personable

Reviewed By R. Carmichael - Tyler Texas | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Velma is both highly professional and highly personable. She truly manages the pre-cruise process, answering all questions promptly and assisting where needed. This was the first cruise for Suzanne and me, and we stepped on board as knowledgeable as possible.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Arranged Everything

Reviewed By T Irwin - Chandler TX | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
Velma was very knowledgeable and arranged all travels, airfare etc. abroad. Enjoyed working with her.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

MANY THANKS

Reviewed By Carrie P - Tyler Tx | Traveled to Caribbean
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL AND EFFICIENT. MANY THANKS!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Velma Tollison responded:
Thank you Carey!
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Excellent!

Reviewed By Margaret B - Dallas | Traveled to Caribbean
"Velma was an excellent guide for us in planning our trip. She answered our questions in a timely manner. We did not have one problem with our trip.
GREAT SERVICE."
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Velma Tollison responded:
Thank you Meg! I'm so glad everyone enjoyed their RCCL cruise! I look forward to helping you again in the future.
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Very Helpful

Reviewed By Ronnie - Lindale Texas | Traveled to Cancun ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
Velma was very courteous and informative!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Velma Tollison responded:
Hi Sandi and Ronnie, Thank you so much for the great comments. It's been a year since your trip to the Riu Palace. My how time flies! I look forward to helping you plan another fun and memorable trip in the future. Warm Regards, Velma
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Questions Answered Promptly

Reviewed By Bruce H. - Tyler | Traveled to Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
Everything! We appreciate the fact that all of our questions are answered promptly and that our agent, Velma Tollison, is knowledgeable and very helpful in all aspects of our travel needs. We highly recommend her to others!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Velma Tollison responded:
Thank you Bruce and Sheila! I appreciate you!
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13 of 28 people found this review helpful

Velma is a Great Help

Reviewed By Bruce and Sheila H - Tyler Texas | Traveled to Italy ~ Europe
There are many places we have been that would be worth seeing again, including China, Russia, Greece, Italy and New Zealand. We recommend that everyone should use a travel Agent when planning and traveling outside the country. We use Velma Tollison of Travel Leaders to assist us. She has been a great help when travel difficulties and glitches have occurred. "
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Velma Tollison responded:
I look forward to helping you plan many more great trips! Hopefully...without glitches!
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8 of 19 people found this review helpful

Great Advice

Reviewed By Regina R - Tyler, TX | Traveled to Europe
Velma Tollison has given me wonderful advice concerning my travel locations. She made reservations for a hotel that became where I and my family stayed again and again. She knows what my preferences are and makes suggestions that are strictly for me. When I was stuck at the airport, she made the calls to get me back on track. I have told my friends about Velma and what an asset a travel agent can be.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Velma Tollison responded:
Thank you so much for the great review! I've helped your family plan so many fun and memorable vacations; Now that your kids are grown, we can plan more "trips for two"!
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8 of 20 people found this review helpful

Velma for all our Travel Needs

Reviewed By Brenda S - Tyler TX | Traveled to Paris ~ France ~ Europe
Several years ago, my husband and I flew to Paris during the Air Show. We had booked and prepaid a hotel through Velma. Upon arrival, we learned that our hotel was sold out and they had substituted another property for us. When we walked into the room and saw what looked like rat droppings in the corner and other disturbing things, we immediately called Velma back in the States! She called the tour company and told them that a change must be made immediately! A couple of hours later, we were sitting in our fabulous room at the Hilton overlooking the Eiffel Tower and enjoying our vacation. When we returned home, there was a refund check from the tour company for the total amount of the hotel cost! This is just one reason why we have called Velma Tollison for all our travel needs for over 15 years.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Velma Tollison responded:
This travel review just highlights why we continue to work with our preferred travel vendors. It's so important to have someone reliable that we can call when we need help for our customers.
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5 of 16 people found this review helpful

A Most Enjoyable Cruise and Excursions

Reviewed By Paul and Cyndy - Tyler, Texas | Traveled to Europe
Velma has always been a pleasure to work with and has treated us quite well. On this particular trip however, she out did herself. Velma helped us book our Oceania cruise from Lisbon to Le Havre, make fight reservations and maximize our shipboard credits. We arrived in Lisbon but our bags didn't. We filed the necessary paperwork with the airline and simultaneously called Velma when we were told by the cruise concierge that he couldn't tell us when or if we would receive our luggage. He was rather detached. Velma immediately began calling her many contacts within Oceania to accelerate the location and delivery of our luggage. We received our bags at the second port of call, La Coruna, Spain.
Without Velma's intervention I doubt that we would have received them then.

Velma has always been very accessible and responsive to questions at any and all stages of trip planning. We have and continue to recommend Velma to our friends and family.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Velma Tollison responded:
Thank you! I'm so happy your luggage showed up and you could relax and enjoy your cruise. That was a great trip and I look forward to helping you plan many more in the future!
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