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A-List 2010: World's Top Travel Agents

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Claudia Gordon
Insider Clout: For clients on a stopover in London, Gordon organized a private dinner cruise for two couples aboard the Queen’s Launch—the official royal barge.
Years as Agent: 30.
Other Specialty: Space travel.
Fee: Varies.

Lois Moran
New Favorite: Moran loves the markets of Goa, India, especially Ingo’s bazaar, the Saturday night shopping-and-eating fest on the site of the historic Anjuna flea market.
Years as Agent: 37.
Other Specialty: Private-jet tours.
Fee: Varies.

Betsy Patton
New Favorite: On a cruise in the Caribbean, Patton spent a day exploring the less-blingy side of St. Bart’s. Among her discoveries: bistro Le Grain de Sel, at Grand Saline Beach.
Years as Agent: 32.
Other Specialty: Milestone celebrations.
Fee: Varies.

Liz Sutton **
New Favorite: On Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Paraíso de la Bonita: a small, all-suite haven with a 5,000-bottle wine cellar and a thalassotherapy spa—and the area’s best snorkeling.
Years as Agent: 33.
Other Specialty: Motivational travel.
Fee: Varies.

Ruth Turpin
New Favorite: Turpin is crazy for the cobblestoned alleys of Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, a popular stop on Celebrity and Crystal itineraries. She arranges walks through the mazelike 16th-century citadel and lunch at her favorite restaurant, Carpaccio.
Years as Agent: 32.
Other Specialty: Family cruising.
Fee: Varies.


Fontaine Gatti
New Favorite: Belfast—especially for families tracing Irish roots. Gatti sends clients to stay at Culloden, a former monastery on the outskirts of town with a world-class spa.
Years as Agent: 40.
Other Specialty: Adventure travel.
Fee: $100.

Kathy Hannon
New Favorite: Hannon says you can’t beat the new Capella Telluride, in Colorado, or New Sheridan Hotel, a gold-rush era inn with a stellar restaurant.
Years as Agent: 25.
Other Specialty: Family cruises.
Fee: Varies.

Paul Largay *
Special Booking: In Marrakesh, Largay arranged a medina excursion with a personal shopper. The client selected caftan fabric, beads for jewelry, and leather for sandals.
Years as Agent: 27.
Other Specialty: Soft adventure worldwide.
Fee: $100 per person.

Kay Merrill
Dream Trip: A week at Jabulani, a camp in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, where the new 4,600-square-foot Zindoga Villa is perfect for large families.
Years as Agent: 16.
Other Specialties: Southern Africa, South America.
Fee: From $250.

Ana Maria Pickens +
New Favorite: La Bobadilla, a resort in Granada, in southern Spain, with a comprehensive range of kid-friendly activities: pony riding; mountain biking; falconry with local experts.
Years as Agent: 18.
Other Specialties: China, Australia.
Fee: None.

Kathryn Sudeikis **
New Favorite: The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa’s private villa, Casa Elar, made for families—from layout (five bedrooms across two wings) to features (indoor-outdoor fireplaces).
Years as Agent: 42.
Other Specialty: India.
Fee: From $150.

Kimberly Wilson Wetty **
Dream Trip: One she just completed—a week in Istanbul with her children. Wetty stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet and explored the spice market with her kids in the company of one of the city’s most seasoned guides.
Years as Agent: 15.
Other Specialty: Short leisure trips.
Fee: $150 per person.

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