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A-List 2010: World's Top Travel Agents

An illustration of traveling icons.

Photo: Nola Lopez

Honeymoons

Georgia Morgan Johnson
Insider Clout: For opera lovers honeymooning in Austria with one night in Vienna, Johnson found last-minute tickets to a gala performance at Schönbrunn Palace—the only show of the evening in the city.
Years as Agent: 6.
Other Specialties: Italy, Tahiti.
Fee: From $250.

Peter Lloyd
New Favorite: Lloyd recently sent newlyweds to Portugal’s Douro Valley, the oldest demarcated wine region in Europe, which he predicts will give Tuscany and the south of France a run for their money in the coming years.
Years as Agent: 20.
Other Specialty: Italy.
Fee: From $200.

Fishing/Hunting

Betsy Donley * **
Favorite Find:
Montana’s Ranch at Rock Creek has five miles of private fly-fishing, with a healthy population of rainbow and brown trout.
Years as Agent: 20.
Other Specialty: South America.
Fee: From $100.

Mollie Fitzgerald *
New Favorite: Desroches Island, Seychelles—an all-suite and -villa resort south of Mahé. For deep-sea fishermen, there’s a Riviera 36 on hand to take them to try their luck with marlin, tuna, and shark.
Years as Agent: 25.
Other Specialties: India, Southeast Asia.
Fee: From $250.

Photography

Janie Bullard
Special Booking: For photographer clients, a 1920’s-style walking safari in the far reaches of the Selous Reserve, in southern Tanzania, with two of the country’s top guides.
Years as Agent: 26.
Other Specialty: High-profile travel.
Fee: Varies.

Mark Nolting
New Favorite: Sayari Camp, in eastern Tanzania—opened in 2005, it was recently given an extravagant makeover and is now one of the top five-star camps in the remote northern Serengeti.
Years as Agent: 24.
Other Specialties: Egypt, Jordan.
Fee: None.

Yachts/Villas

Sara Ryan Duffy
Insider Clout: For clients attending the Cannes Film Festival in May, Duffy chartered the Deja Too—a yacht that calls in France, Italy, and Sardinia. Besides its formidably opulent design (think Empire goes sailing) and vast aft terrace space, the Deja Too’s four equal-size suite cabins can be converted into two VIP suites, or one master suite and two standard cabins.
Years as Agent: 18.
Other Specialties: Custom luxury travel, private jets.
Fee: Varies.

Inside the T+L A-List

Some agents work for agencies owned by or affiliated with American Express, the parent company of this magazine. Fourteen are members of T+L’s Travel Agent Advisory Board (TAAB); we have noted this in their entries. Nominations: If you know of an agent who should be considered for T+L’s 2011 A-List, send an e-mail with a brief description of the agent’s qualifications, as well as contact information, to tlalist@aexp.com.

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