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A-List 2010: World's Top Travel Agents

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Diving

Gene Lashley
New Favorite: The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, has 84 suites set at the edge of a marine park with some of the best diving in the Middle East.
Years as Agent: 26.
Other Specialty: Adventure travel.
Fee: From $200.

Food/Wine

Bonnie Brayham +
Special Booking: For a chef, Brayham created a two-week itinerary that included lessons on meat curing, harvesting olives at a Tuscan farm, and wine tastings on the estates of boutique producers.
Years as Agent: 2.
Other Specialty: Experiential tours.
Fee: $1,220 per trip.

Lynda Turley Garrett
New Favorite: Saffire Freycinet, a luxe resort and restaurant opening this fall near Freycinet National Park in Tasmania, with 20 private suites facing the Tasman Sea.
Years as Agent: 31.
Other Specialties: Australia, New Zealand.
Fee: From $200.

Katie McCormack Krinkie
New Favorite: At Chalk Hill Winery, in Sonoma, a two-hour private tour that culminates in a tasting on the pavilion terrace overlooking the Furth equestrian estate.
Years as Agent: 15.
Other Specialties: Luxury cruising, California.
Fee: Varies.

Gay/Lesbian

David Rubin *
New Favorite: An adventure-cruise outfitter in the Mekong Delta—Jayavarman Cruises—caught Rubin’s eye this year. It offers a combination of river cruising and biking.
Years as Agent: 14.
Other Specialty: Special-event travel.
Fee: From $250.

Golf

Susan Dischner
Special Booking: For clients golfing in New Zealand, Dischner arranged for a trip to the Otago Peninsula to see endangered yellow-eyed penguins in their natural habitat.
Years as Agent: 45.
Other Specialty: Luxury cruising.
Fee: From $100.

Jani Miller **
New Favorite: Miller loves Pennsylvania’s Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, with 36 holes of championship golf and extensive facilities for children.
Years as Agent: 33.
Other Specialty: Africa.
Fee: From $100.

Hiking/Walking

Doris White
New Favorite: Rifugio, a stone-walled mountain hut in the Italian Dolomites with a full-time housekeeper and chef.
Years as Agent: 24.
Other Specialty: Barge cruises.
Fee: $250.

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