Meet Our Team

Experienced professionals dedicated to creating unforgettable personalized travel experiences. 

 

Koray Edemen, President & Founder

Keytours Vacations founder Koray Edemen is a long-time travel industry veteran. A native of Ankara, Turkey, Mr. Edemen got his start in travel working as a travel director and licensed guide in Istanbul and Cappadocia while studying for his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science. At the age of 22, he established his first company, serving American military personnel and diplomats’ travel needs in Turkey and neighboring countries. In 1993, Mr. Edemen moved to the United States where he co-founded Keytours Vacations, which quickly became the premier tour operator to Europe and the Mediterranean.

In the past 26 years, Mr. Edemen has expanded his work in a variety of travel-related investments, including transportation companies, hotel investment, and management, as well as numerous online travel companies. Despite these many projects, maintains a hands-on approach to his business: he was central to the oversight and implementation of his company’s software development and personally wrote the initial codes.

Now a major stockholder of six different companies in the travel industry, Mr. Edemen is a well-known and sought-after travel industry speaker.

 

The Keytours Vacations Team

MicrosoftTeams-image-1

Osman Akpinar

Operations Manager

Osman’s desire has always been discovering new destinations. After graduation, he moved to Istanbul to start his career in tourism. He worked as a consultant at various hotels, and switched to tour operation in 2002. In 2016, he joined Keytours Vacations and started work as a travel consultant.

Destination Expertise:France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Austria, UK, Czech Republic, Egypt, Israel, Caribbean

Languages: English, Turkish

(800) 576-1784 Ext. 1243
osman@keytours.com

Learn More  
Tuba

Tuba Karatari

Individual Travel Consultant

Tuba has over 15 years of experience in the travel industry, a passion for travel, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. Tuba lived in London for 13 years, during which time she achieved her Master's Degree in International Business and traveled Europe and Asia extensively. Tuba guarantees that you will experience not just a holiday, but the journey of your life.

Destination Expertise: France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, UK, Ireland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Egypt, Israel

Languages: English, Turkish

(800) 576-1784 Ext. 1251
tuba@keytours.com

Learn More  
MicrosoftTeams-image (6)

Hatice Temar

Product Fulfillment Supervisor

Studied tourism administration at Bogazici University in Istanbul, graduated with honor degree. Worked in 5* hotels (Swissotel, Radisson Blu, Kempinski) for 10 years, excelled in large scale groups, meetings and congress management. Proud to be a part of a team managing largest event of Cyprus. Loves travelling and learning languages, (german, spanish, arabic) already visited Germany, Israel, Kazakystan & Iraq. Lived in Turkey, Cyprus & Qatar.

Destination Expertise:Italy, Greece, Turkey, UAE, Qatar, Cyprus, Iceland, England, France

Languages: English, Turkish, German, Arabic

(703) 865-2145
hatice@keytours.com

Learn More  
thumbnail_image

Melek Kocaslan Horton

Customized Groups Consultant

With a remarkable 18 years of experience in the travel industry, Melek, originally from Turkey, has made Mississippi her home for the past two years. Armed with a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management, she embarked on a career that led her through various roles in travel agencies. Her extensive professional journey has taken her across the globe for both business and pleasure, fostering an unwavering passion for travel. Beyond her expertise lies a deep-seated love for her work, fueled by the connections she forms with people—a testament to her genuine dedication to the industry and her innate joy in exploring the world.

Destination Expertise:All European countries including Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Scotland and UK, France, Germany, Holland, Malta... All the Baltic Countries...All the Balkan Countries. Morocco, Egypt, Dubai, Vietnam, India

Languages: English, Turkish

703-740-8342
melek@keytours.com

Learn More  
thumbnail_Screenshot_20221009-225313_WhatsApp (1)

Selma Gunel

Operations Coordinator

Selma has garnered approximately 15 years of experience within the tourism industry, notably with Celestyal Cruises. Her expertise is particularly focused on European countries, where she has amassed extensive knowledge during her tenure.

Destination Expertise:Europe

Languages: English, Turkish

(800) 576 1784
selma@keytours.com

Learn More  
Headshot1

Joshua Kittle

Group BDM for North America

Josh was born and raised in KY into a family of travel professionals. He got his start in the industry as a Travel Agent out of college at a boutique agency in Louisville, KY. He then went on to work with schools in the state of WA for educational travel abroad. This led to him moving to Boston to head up the safety team and working on compliance pieces for the educational travel company. Eventually he found Keytours Vacations and was hired on to work with the travel trade in North America to assist with group travel abroad.

Destination Expertise:Europe

Languages: English

(703) 462-1220
joshua@keytours.com

Learn More  
Vicki

Vicki Sachs

Individual Luxury Travel Consultant

Vicki started her travel career at Delta airlines, where she was in reservations, sales, and at the city ticket offices for 17 years. In 2006, she was lucky enough to find her second significant travel career with Keytours Vacations.

Destination Expertise: France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Germany, UK, Ireland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Egypt, South Africa

Languages: English

(800) 576-1784 Ext. 1244
vicki@keytours.com

Learn More  

Meet Our Team

 

headshot_sandra

Sandra Thomas-Comenole

Director of Marketing

Sandra joined Keytours Vacations in 2021. She has over 15 years of experience in the travel industry and a MS in Economics. She is passionate about traveling and inspiring others to travel.

Destination Expertise: Italy, France, Germany, Japan, UK, Ireland and Thailand

Languages: English

(800) 576-1784 Ext. 1250
sandra@keytours.com

brooke

Brooke Henthorne

Personalized Travel Consultant

Brooke studied International Relations at West Virginia University. While in college, she interned as a tour guide in Barcelona for 4 months. After falling in love with Spain, she relocated to Madrid after graduation. From there, Brooke has traveled throughout Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean. Brooke thoroughly enjoys discovering new cultures, considers herself a foodie, and loves assisting her clients plan their vacations. 

Destination Expertise: Spain, Italy, France, Netherlands, Greece

Languages:English and Spanish

703-291-8839
brooke@keytours.com

Learn More  
thumbnail_IMG-2658

Nicky Brandon

Product Manager, Africa & Asia

Nicky has 25 years of experience in the travel industry. She grew up in Africa, extensively traveled throughout Asia and is excited to join Keytours Vacations as the product manager for Africa and Asia.

Destination Expertise: Africa and Asia

Languages: English

703-302-1231
nicky@keytours.com

Learn More  
Photo 1

Konstantina Kranidioti

Personalized Travel Consultant

Konstantina took her BA Honours degree in Tourism & Management and her MSc in Airport Planning and Management in the United Kingdom. She has more than 20 years' experience in the travel industry and has worked with several major tour operators throughout Europe. She has a passion for travelling, and has already visited more than 60 countries.

Destination Expertise:UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Iceland, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Ghana, Benin, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Japan.

Languages: English, Greek and Spanish

(800) 576-1784 Ext. 1242
konstantina@keytours.com

Learn More  
image_6487327

Gabriella Brody

Product Development Manager - Americas  

Gabi has always considered traveling her favorite pastime. She studied abroad and later moved to Argentina after college. She worked as a tour leader throughout Central America and spent over a year solo backpacking throughout Europe and South America. With over 15 years of experience in different roles within the travel industry, she is happy to join Keytours Vacations and use her travel experience to develop new itineraries to the Americas. Her passion to discover new places, try new things, and meet new people is what drives her to continue exploring the world.

Destination Expertise:South America, Central America, North America, Caribbean

Languages: English, Spanish

(800) 576 1784
gabriella@keytours.com

Learn More  
Esin

Esin Soydemir

Individual Luxury Travel Consultant

Esin has been in the travel business since 1999. She has worked with various travel companies and started her travel career with Key Tours in 2008. Esin loves helping her customers create their ideal vacations!

Destination Expertise: France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, UK, Ireland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Egypt

Languages: English, Turkish

(800) 576-1784 Ext. 1246
esin@keytours.com

Learn More  
Andreas[11411]

Andreas Larentzakis

Senior Travel Consultant

Andreas Larentzakis, joined the company in 2002 and has served various management positions at Keytours Vacations. He has a bachelor degree in business administration and has travelled extensively throughout the world researching destinations and establishing relationships with local travel suppliers. He is currently based in Greece working as a destination specialist.

Destination Expertise:All European countries including Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and UK. Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Peru, Ecuador, Morocco, Tanzania, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Australia & NZ.​

Languages: English, Greek

(800) 576-1784 Ext. 1232
andreas@keytours.com

Learn More  
headshot[11389]

Liena Ramli

Travel Consultant (FIT/Groups)

Liena joins Keytours Vacations with over 10 years of experience in the travel industry. She is originally from Singapore and has lived in Turkey, Japan and Germany. She has traveled to 100 countries and counting.

Destination Expertise: Singapore, South East Asia, Turkey.

Languages: English and Malay

(800) 576-1784 Ext. 1234
liena@keytours.com

Learn More  
gul

Gul Okur

Personalized Travel Consultant

Gul has over 13 years of experience helping customers meet their travel needs. She started her travel career at Quintessentially. She worked as congress project manager for International Medical companies and 8 years at Costa Cruises as an operations and sales manager. She has strong problem-solving skills that allow her to deal with even the most stressful situations. Travelling is her passion.

Destination Expertise: Turkey, Italy, Spain, UAE, Croatia, Czech Republic, Netherlands

Languages: English and Turkish

(703) 591-3550
gul.okur@keytours.com

Learn More  
thumbnail_IMG_1649

Jane Martin

Director of Sales

Jane has spent nearly 30 years in luxury travel, with a wide range of experience in aviation, cruise, land and event management. Her travels for both business and pleasure have taken her to nearly every country in the world, but there is always something else new to see. She is excited to bring her industry knowledge and experience to Keytours Vacations.

Destination Expertise:Europe, US, Caribbean

Languages: English, French

703-302-1245
jane.martin@keytours.com

Learn More  
thumbnail_FB_IMG_1686760349061(1)

Kevin Duden

Product Development Europe & Customer Service Manager

Kevin's passion for travel has guided him through an extensive career in the industry, spanning over two decades and encompassing visits to more than 45 countries. His journey commenced as a Tour Director, guiding groups of travelers on adventures across the globe. Progressing in his career, he assumed pivotal sales leadership positions at American Express Travel and subsequently at Abercrombie & Kent, where he led the Europe Team. Among Kevin's most treasured travel memories are his explorations across Europe, an unforgettable train journey through Russia, and immersive experiences discovering the diverse wonders of Australia and New Zealand.

Destination Expertise:Europe, Australia, New Zealand

Languages: English

(703) 302-1236
kevin.duden@keytours.com

Learn More