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A-List 2009: The 129 Top Travel Agents

For an expanded version of the 2009 A-List, with over the top requests, secret finds, and dream trips from 
all 129 agents, visit travelandleisure.com.

Photo: Serge Bloch


In China, Shanghai and Yunnan are top-rated.


Karin Hansen Years as agent: 30. Other specialty: Southeast Asia. Consulting fee: From $200.

Guy Rubin * Years as agent: 10. Other specialty: Hong Kong. Consulting Fee: From $100.

Mei Zhang + Years as agent: 10. Consulting fee: None.

Hong Kong

Laura Woo Years as agent: 27. Other specialty: Hawaii. Consulting fee: Varies.

India/Sri Lanka

Ellison Poe Years as agent: 24. Other specialty: Syria. Consulting fee: From $150.

Ashish Sanghrajka * + Years as agent: 11. Consulting fee: $500.


Noriko Townsend Years as agent: 13. Other specialty: China. Consulting fee: $150.

Southeast Asia

Diane Embree Years as agent: 33. Consulting fee: Varies.

Sandee Litwin Years as agent: 28. Consulting fee: $150.

Darlene Ravin Years as agent: 12. Other specialty: North Africa. Consulting fee: From $100.

Africa and the Middle East

With all the deals out there, T+L agents say now is the time to book a safari or a trip to Madagascar.


Robert Berghaier * Years as agent: 9. Other specialty: Cultural tours. Consulting fee: Varies.

Katie Cadar Years as agent: 23. Other specialty: French Polynesia. Consulting fee: From $100.

Dana Welch Years as agent: 17. Other specialty: Adventure. Consulting fee: From $100.

Joel Zack Years as agent: 14. Other specialty: Spain. Consulting fee: None.

East Africa

Sandy Cunningham * + Years as agent: 17. Consulting fee: None.

Jeanie Fundora * + Years as agent: 10. Other specialty: Southern Africa. Consulting fee: From $250.


Malaka Hilton Years as agent: 15. Other specialty: Celebrity travel. Consulting fee: From $500.


Rachel Epstein * + Years as agent: 27. Other specialty: Group tours. Consulting fee: Varies.

Middle East

Janet Moore * Years as agent: 25. Other specialties: India, Bali. Consulting fee: None.


Laurette de Moro Years as agent: 15. Other specialty: France. Consulting fee: Varies.

Michael Diamond * + Years as agent: 8. Consulting fee: Varies.


Norman Pieters * Years as agent: 37. Other specialty: Botswana. Consulting fee: From $250.

Southern Africa

Julian Harrison * Years as agent: 23. Other specialty: Tanzania. Consulting fee: None.

Robert Malmberg Years as agent: 45. Other specialty: Yacht charters. Consulting fee: From $500 deposit plus 25 percent of net cost.

Judy Udwin * Years as agent: 25. Other specialty: Mozambique. Consulting fee: From $150.

Phoebe Weinberg + Years as agent: 38. Other specialties: India, East Africa. Consulting fee: Varies.

United Arab Emirates

Lindsey Wallace * Years as agent: 13. Other specialties: Maldives, Seychelles. Consulting fee: Varies.

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* tour operator
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** T+L’s travel agent advisory board member, 2009


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