Destinations began their journey in the Spring of 1999, as a small corporate travel department within Airways Freight. Since then, they have become an award winning travel agency. With over thirty years’ experience, the team at Destinations have personalized every experience, and continue to make each journey unique and memorable.
So whether it’s skiing the slopes in Switzerland, or snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, wine tasting in Napa, or cruising the Caribbean, the team over at Destinations can make your dream vacation come true!
Meet the team!
With her savoir-faire and ambition to travel peppered with her love for business, Tracee Williams started her career at Destinations in March of 1999 with the hopes of turning the Airways based corporate travel office into a full service travel agency. Since that time she has molded Destinations into an award winning travel agency with four in-house travel agents and ten independent contractors.
Growing up in Bentonville, Arkansas, Tracee is a country girl at heart and spent many summers on her Grandmother’s farm. She learned that through hard work and perseverance, you can set your sights high and achieve the impossible. She was an excellent student and competed on a state and national level with Future Business Leaders of America. After graduating from the International Travel Institute in 1982 she began her travel career and has since gotten to experience new cultures and locations.
An avid reader, Tracee enjoys her book club and spending time at home with her husband of 28 years, Darrell, as well as their two dogs – Callie and Pete, and their senior cat Peanut.
The comradery she shares with the Destinations team is magnified by the love of travel they all share. They work well as a team and have won numerous awards in the travel industry.
A thirty-year veteran in the travel industry, Marsha previously worked for Gulliver’s Travel for over twenty years, and another few years at Wal-Mart Corporate Travel Office. She was ready to leave the corporate world when she heard of an opening at a leisure travel office. She began working for Destinations in 2012, but her association with Airways goes back to when she was 18 years old. She drove a delivery truck from Fayetteville to Springfield every day to pick up and drop off film.
Marsha was born in Huntsville, Arkansas and loved playing basketball when she was in school. She was All-District, All-Region, and was a part of KURM Dream Team. She was offered a scholarship to play for Arkansas Tech, but was already committed to attend travel academy in Florida. From her first plane ride to Miami to attend travel school to the many other beautiful locations she has been to, she has developed a great love for travel and her enthusiasm for travel is palpable.
Marsha has been married to her husband Greg for over thirty years and together they have two children Kristi, 29 and Dustin who is 25. Marsha and Greg love to cook and try different recipes, you can always count on a delicious Sunday dinner. She loves spending time with family and lives each day with the thought in mind that life is too short to dwell on the negative, you should always smile and focus on the positive!
Born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Arkansas, Karen Walker always dreamed of travelling to exotic locations. She began her adventure after graduating from the American Airlines Travel Academy in 1980 and was well on her way to fulfilling her dreams.
Karen was invited to work for Destinations in August of 2015 and knew it would be the perfect place for her to work with an incredible team, and reputable company that cares so much for their employees. Since then, she has been specializing in helping honeymooners start their lives together with the perfect honeymoon.
Some of Karen’s favorite things to do outside of her career in travel, is to spend quality time with her family. Karen has two daughters and three grandchildren and loves every precious moment she gets to spend with them. She enjoys going to the river, shopping, gardening, dining out with friends and decorating her home.
Karen always looks for the good in people and feels lucky and blessed to have such an amazing career, working for a great company, and doing what she loves!
Syphoxay Phimmarath, better known as Non Phimmarath, is the newest member of the Destinations team. Starting in July of 2017, she was looking for an agency close to home and was strongly recommended by friends in the cruise business. With the great reputation Destinations has, she knew it would be a great opportunity to become part of a renowned agency.
Born in Laos, Non left the country at a very young age. She has lived in Thailand and the Philippines and made a permanent residence of Fort Smith, Arkansas since the age of two.
Non was a happy, confident child that asked a lot of questions. She was raised a Buddhist, but was later baptized in the Baptist church, and again as a Catholic. She cultivated a passion for travel while relocating with her family and has since become a cruise specialist in the travel agent world.
Non likes spending time with family and friends, as well as her nine-year-old puppy Winston. She loves spicy food and has the incomprehensible ability to eat five Thai chili peppers in one setting, now that’s hot! Her family is very special to her and always comes first. To this day, something she is most proud of, is the small farm she helped her father build five years ago and seeing him so happy today.
Non lives by the quote “life is short, take the trip, buy the shoes, eat the cake”, and she makes every experience in her personal and professional life unique and extraordinary.