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A-List 2010: World's Top Travel Agents

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Business Travel

Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg
Insider Clout: Wilson-Buttigieg recently arranged a ride for a client on the British Airways Boeing 747 flight simulator at Heathrow with a senior BA pilot.
Years as Agent: 19.
Other Specialty: Multigenerational travel.
Fee: From $75.

Hotels

Manny Beauregard
New Favorite: Santiago, Chile, has added a host of new properties, including the Aubrey, a Beaux-Arts mansion in the trendy Bellavista district.
Years as Agent: 38.
Other Specialty: Small-ship cruises.
Fee: $250.

Bobby Zur +
New Favorite: Nihiwatu, a boutique resort on the remote Indonesian island of Sumba.
Years as Agent: 10.
Other Specialty: Southern Africa.
Fee: From $500.

Spas

Karen Benson
New Favorite: Peuma Hue Carre Lauquen, a 500-acre estate and spa in Argentine Patagonia. Guests ride horses around the lake then return for a traditional barbecue.
Years as Agent: 27.
Other Specialty: Fitness/adventure travel.
Fee: From $250.

Maureen “Mo” Smith
New Favorite: Smith just returned from a tour of the Riviera Maya, Mexico, and fell in love with the thalassotherapy spa at the Hotel Villa Rolandi, on Isla Mujeres.
Years as Agent: 33.
Other Specialties: Adventure, culinary tours.
Fee: From $100.

Adventure

Betty Jo Currie
Special Booking: A Kenyan safari for 75 people. The weeklong journey went from sacred mountains and forest tree houses to the open plains of the bush.
Years as Agent: 17.
Other Specialties: India, Chile, Peru.
Fee: From $250.

Culture/Education

Emmanuel Burgio
Insider Clout: Arranged for clients to explore South America’s Beagle Channel via kayak with Norbert Mendez, an Olympian on Argentina’s kayaking team.
Years as Agent: 8.
Other Specialty: Adventure travel.
Fee: Varies.

Margery Hunter
Insider Clout: For two expert horticulturists with one day to explore Cornwall, England, Hunter organized a tour of the botanical garden at Tregothnan, which is not open to the public.
Years as Agent: 27.
Other Specialty: South America.
Fee: Varies.

Paul Niskanen * **
Special Bookings:
He’s set up lunch for a client with the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand as well as a Fourth of July picnic in the Botswanan bush.
Years as Agent: 37.
Other Specialty: Southern Africa.
Fee: $350.

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