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A-List: World's Top Travel Agents 2011

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Hotels

Manny Beauregard
New Favorite: Beauregard is enthusiastic about the just-opened Leela Palace Kempinksi, in New Delhi. “The hotel’s two-story Espa spa has seven spacious treatment rooms and a private suite overlooking the city.”
Years as Agent: 39.
Other Specialty: Cruises.
Fee: From $250.

Bobby Zur
New Favorites: Noctiluca, a seaside estate in Punta Mita, Mexico, available for weekly rentals, and Fiji’s Laucala, where travelers can rent the entire private island.
Years as Agent: 11.
Other Specialty: Southern Africa.
Fee: From $500.

Spas

Karen Benson
Special Booking: Benson planned a spa vacation in India with bespoke and ayurvedic treatments at Oberoi Amarvilas, in Agra, and Amanbagh, near Jaipur.
Years as Agent: 28.
Other Specialty: Adventure.
Fee: From $200.

Maureen “Mo” Smith
Top Tip: Smith recommends the new Rejuvenating Waters treatment at Canyon Ranch Tucson, a mix of deep-water hydrotherapy and full-body massage.
Years as Agent: 33.
Other Specialty: Adventure.
Fee: From $100.

Culture/Education

Margery Hunter
New Favorite: Cultural tours that take clients around Rome by Vespa.
Years as Agent: 30.
Other Specialty: Asia.
Fee: From $100.

Paul Niskanen * **
Insider Clout: Niskanen recently set up a meeting in New Delhi with leading academics to discuss Indian politics.
Years as Agent: 38.
Other Specialty: Europe.
Fee: From $350.

Destination Celebrations

Jack S. Ezon **
Insider Clout: A birthday get-together in Florence included a dinner set around Michelangelo’s David and a private viewing at the Uffizi.
Years as Agent: 11.
Other Specialty: Honeymoons.
Fee: From $250.

Diane Hilliard
Excited About: The Seychelles. The breadth of nature and growing number of luxury resorts make it a destination to satisfy many agendas.
Years as Agent: 39.
Other Specialty: Cultural.
Fee: $750.

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