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A-List: World's Top Travel Agents 2011

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Diving

Gene Lashley
Top Tip: Guests staying at Amanwana, on Moyo Island, can charter the hotel’s 105-foot cruiser Amanikan, with its own dive instructor.
Years as Agent: 27.
Other Specialty: Adventure.
Fee: From $200.

Food/Wine

Bonnie Brayham
Insider Clout: For a couple’s anniversary in Tuscany, Brayham sourced top vintages from the year they were married and served them at a surprise dinner.
Years as Agent: 3.
Other Specialty: Experiential.
Fee: Varies.

Lynda Turley Garrett
Top Tip: In Hobart, Tasmania, she suggests a visit to the Salamanca market, where more than 300 producers peddle artisanal foods.
Years as Agent: 32.
Other Specialty: Australia.
Fee: $200.

Gay/Lesbian

David Rubin
Insider Clout: Rubin’s connections open cultural doors: in Cairo, his clients were hosted for dinner by prominent gay (but closeted) Egyptians.
Years as Agent: 15.
Other Specialty: Celebrations.
Fee: From $250.

Golf

Susan Dischner
Top Tip: While China and Japan have blue-chip courses, they’re usually accompanied by hefty greens fees. Malaysia, surprisingly, has more than 200 mostly affordable blue-chip courses.
Years as Agent: 46.
Other Specialty: Luxury cruises.
Fee: From $100.

Jani Miller * **
New Favorite: Guests staying at Marival Residences, on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, have unlimited access to the area’s two courses, Vista Vallarta and Marina Vallarta.
Years as Agent: 34.
Other Specialty: Fitness.
Fee: From $100.

Hiking/Walking

Doris White
Excited About: Portugal as a soft-adventure destination. White’s a fan of the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, with easy hiking and biking paths.
Years as Agent: 25.
Other Specialties: Food and wine.
Fee: From $250.

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