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A-List 2010: World's Top Travel Agents

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Middle East

Janet Moore *
New Favorites:
Damascus has a lot of buzz and development at the moment. Moore notes the opening in June of Beit Al Wali boutique hotel—20 opulent rooms in a former merchant’s house in the old center. She’s also been taking clients to Ayyam Gallery, a showcase for contemporary Syrian artists, and to the atelier of jeweler Peter Farah.
Years as Agent: 25.
Other Specialty: India.
Fee: None.

Morocco

Michael Diamond *
Special Booking: Diamond arranged for a private tented camp to be set up in southern Morocco’s Sahara Desert, complete with generators and air-conditioning units from a film studio.
Years as Agent: 9.
Other Specialty: Turkey.
Fee: None.

Safaris

Norman Pieters *
Special Booking: For a high-profile client’s safari, Pieters worked with a worldwide security company and orchestrated a soup-to-nuts custom trip, arranging for restaurants to be closed to the public, providing magicians and ostrich-egg painters to entertain the children, and making himself available 24/7.
Years as Agent: 38.
Other Specialty: India.
Fee: From $250.

Southern Africa

Julian Harrison *
Insider Clout: In Limpopo, Harrison arranges access to the 19th hole at Legend Golf & Safari Resort—the longest, as well as the highest, par three on the planet. The tee, standing a full 1,300 feet above the green at Hanglip Mountain, must be reached by helicopter.
Years as Agent: 24.
Other Specialties: East and central Africa.
Fee: From $250.

Judy Udwin *
Special Booking: Udwin planned a destination wedding for 25 people in the bush; it included several days and nights of catered festivities, commandeering three bands (including two very popular local ones), and a two-day luxury safari for the entire group—plus, the whole affair was broadcast on South African television.
Years as Agent: 29.
Other Specialties: Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Fee: $150 per person.

Joel Zack *
New Favorite: Zack is interested in South Africa’s booming art scene and the unexpected ways it’s being brought to the public—particularly, the new contemporary gallery at Cape Town’s Ellerman House, built into the bluff below the hotel’s swimming pool.
Years as Agent: 15.
Other Specialties: Morocco, Spain, Turkey.
Fee: None.

United Arab Emirates

Lindsey Wallace *
New Favorite: Wallace knows Dubai inside out and has stayed at every five-star property multiple times, so when she says she can’t wait to see Armani Hotel Dubai, clients can infer she’s on to something special.
Years as Agent: 14.
Other Specialties: Maldives, Seychelles.
Fee: Varies.

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** T+L’s Travel Agent Advisory Board, 2010
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