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A-List: World's Top Travel Agents 2011

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Fontaine Gatti
New Favorite: The Baja cruise with Lindblad Expeditions. Kids come face-to-face with whales, sea turtles, and dolphins.
Years as Agent: 41.
Other Specialty: China.
Fee: $100.

Kathy Hannon
New Favorite: Hotel Madeline, in Telluride, Colorado, for its ski-valet service. Staffers take your family’s skis at check-in and have them waiting for you every morning at the mountain’s base.
Years as Agent: 26.
Other Specialty: Skiing.
Fee: From $50.

Paul Largay *
Excited About: The influx of resorts on Zanzibar—including Baraza, the Matemwe Retreat, and the Zamani Retreat Kempinski—which are helping position the island as a destination for the après-safari set.
Years as Agent: 28.
Other Specialty: Adventure.
Fee: From $100.

Kay Merrill
New Favorite: Merrill is crazy about the revamped accommodations at Londolozi, in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The spacious Granite suites are ideal for couples with young children.
Years as Agent: 17.
Other Specialty: Africa.
Fee: $250.

Ana Maria Pickens
Excited About: The just-launched guided cultural tours for children at the Rijksmuseum, in Amsterdam.
Years as Agent: 19.
Other Specialty: Australia.
Fee: None.

Kathryn Sudeikis **
Top Tip: For families with small children, head to Beaches Turks & Caicos, an upscale, all-inclusive resort perfect for multigenerational groups. “The kids program is one of the best in the Caribbean.”
Years as Agent: 43.
Other Specialty: India.
Fee: From $150.

Kimberly Wilson Wetty **
New Favorite: Rosewood Mayakoba, on the Riviera Maya, offers an amazing kids-only tour through the mangroves. Learn all about local birds, the ecosystem, and ways to preserve the environment.
Years as Agent: 16.
Other Specialty: Cruises.
Fee: From $150.

Business Travel

Jennifer Wilson Buttigieg
New Favorite: The Villa Cortez at the One&Only Palmilla, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico—a four-bedroom private house with large dining areas that are perfect for meetings.
Years as Agent: 20.
Other Specialties: Meetings, incentive travel.
Fee: From $100.

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** T+L’s Travel Agent Advisory Board, 2011
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