Travel + Leisure Unveils 2012 “A-List” of Top Travel Agents
By James Shillinglaw
August 15, 2012 1:59 PM
Travel + Leisure unveiled its annual “A-List” of top travel agents, with 156 agents on the roster organized by area of expertise, including 19 newcomers to the list. Travel + Leisure editors evaluated hundreds of travel agents and picked their favorites for the eleventh annual A-List. The list, also sponsored by Cox & Kings USA, also includes 12 Super Agents considered by Travel + Leisure to be the most well connected in the travel industry, though some of those Super Agents and some other “agents” listed are actually destination receptive operators. The A-List will be featured in the October issue of the magazine on newsstands Sept. 21 and on the magazine’s website in early September.
Super-Agents: Priscilla Alexander (Protravel International, New York City); Maita Barrenechea (Mai10, Buenos Aires); Barbara Gallay (Barbara Gallay Enterprises, New York City); Lisa Lindblad (Lisa Lindblad Travel Design, New York City); Mary Ann Ramsey (Betty McLean Travel, Naples, Fla.); Guy Rubin (Imperial Tours, Beijing); Anne Morgan Scully (McCabe World Travel, McLean, Va.); Pallavi Shah (Our Personal Guest, New York City); Jim Strong and Nancy Strong (Strong Travel Services, Dallas, Texas); Valerie Ann Wilson (Valerie Wilson Travel, New York City) and Joel A. Zack (Heritage Tours Private Travel, New York City).
United States and Canada: Alaska – Margret Propper (Brownell Travel, Birmingham, Ala.); Hawaii – Carolyne Brandon (Altour American Express Travel, Newport Beach, Calif.); Hawaii – Darlene Mulkewich (Altour American Express Travel, Oak Brook, Ill.); New Orleans – Linda Kibak (Frosch Travel, New York City); New York – Amy Glass (Protravel International, New York City); Western U.S. – Harold Jenkins (Corporate Vacations American Express, Lake Forest, Ill.); Western U.S. – Deborah Trevino (Hobson Travel, Naperville, Ill.); and Canada – Yaron Yarimi (Frosch, New York City).
Europe: Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic & Slovakia – Nathalie Nagy (Protravel International, New York City); France – Murielle Blanchard (Black Pearl Luxury Services, Salt Lake City, Utah, new this year); France – Craig Loupassakis (Liberty Travel, Whitehall, Pa.); France – Bob Preston (EuroPanache, Paris, new this year); Germany – Elisabeth Landry (Century Travel, Atlanta, Ga.); Greece – Mina Agnos (Travelive, Bloomfield, N.J.); Greece – Kelly Shea (Kelly Shea Travels, Carmel, Ind.); Greece – Christos Stergiou (TrueGreece, Maroussi, Greece); Greece – Petros Zissimos (Hellenic Holidays, New York City, new this year); Ireland – Carol Cornell (Covington Travel, Fort Wayne, Ind.); Italy – Margot Cushing (Frosch, New York City); Italy – Joyce Falcone (Joyce Falcone - Italian Concierge, Aspen, Colo.); Italy – Emily FitzRoy (Bellini Travel, London, new this year); Italy – Andrea Grisdale (IC Bellagio, Bellagio, Italy); Italy – Deborah Hyte (Altour International, Los Angeles, Calif.); Italy – Colleen Lamont (Journeys Peak Travel, Portland, Ore., new this year); Italy – Judy Nussbaum (Unique Travel of Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Fla.); Italy – Andrea Sertoli (Select Italy, Chicago, Ill.); Italy – Marjorie Shaw (Insider’s Italy, Bronxville, N.Y.); Italy – Sally Watkins (Century Travel & Cruises, Austin, Texas); Russia – Greg Tepper (Exeter International, Tampa, Fla.); Scandinavia – Carol Arklind (Cadence, La Jolla, Calif.); Scandinavia – Tor Jensen (Jensen World Travel, Wilmette, Ill.); Scotland – Claire Schoeder (Century Travel, Atlanta, Ga.); Spain – Virginia Irurita (Made for Spain, Madrid); Spain – Edward Phillips (Summit Travel Group, San Mateo, Calif.); Spain – Judith Wolf (Frosch Travel, Deerfield, Ill.); Switzerland – Ilene Koenig (Let’s Travel (a division of Plaza Travel), Santa Monica, Calif.); Turkey – Frederick Poe (Poe Travel, Little Rock, Ark.); United Kingdom – Ellen LeCompte (Brownell Travel, Richmond, Va.); United Kingdom – Tammi R. Van Volkinburgh (Travel Experts – Private Travel Consulting Services, Portland, Ore.); United Kingdom – Susie Worthy (NoteWorthy Events, London).
Mexico, Central and South America: Brazil – Martin Frankenberg (Matuete Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil); Brazil – Paul Irvine (Dehouche, Rio de Janeiro, new this year); Chile – Silja Torborg (Trails of Chile Ltd., Puerto Varas, Lake District, Chile); Costa Rica – Rachael Bockoven Colbert (Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Stuart, Fla.); Ecuador – Tatiana Johnston (Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Stuart, Fla.); Galapagos – Brian Morgan (Adventure Life, Missoula, Mont.); Mexico – Zachary Rabinor (Journey Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico); Peru – Marisol Mosquera (Aracari Travel Consulting, Lima, Peru); South America – Emmanuel Burgio (Blue Parallel, Potomac, Md.); South America – Carlos Fida (PanAmerican Travel Services, Salt Lake City, Utah); South America – Jerry Greenberg (Cassis Travel, Los Angeles, Calif.); South America – Beth Jenkins (McCabe World Travel, McLean, Va., new this year); South America – Eric Sheets (Latin Excursions, Bal Harbour, Fla.).
Caribbean: Margie Hand (All Seasons Travel, Birmingham Ala.); Janet McLaughlin (Provident Travel, Cincinnati, Ohio).
Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific: Australia – Catharina Apodac (Carefree Vacations, San Diego, Ca.); Australia – Cassandra Bookholder (Camelback Odyssey Travel, Phoenix, Ariz.); Australia – Terry Coffey (World Discoveries, Fair Haven, N.J.); Australia – Suzy Mercien-Ferol (Touring Treasures, Brighton, Australia); New Zealand – Jean-Michel Jefferson (Ahipara Luxury Travel, Central Otago, New Zealand, new this year); New Zealand – Donna Thomas (New Zealand Travel, Langhorne, Pa.); South Pacific – Susanne Hamer (TravelStore, Los Angeles, Calif.); South Pacific – Georgia Morgan Johnson-Kicklighter (American Express Travel, West Covina, Calif.); South Pacific – Robin Turner (American Express Travel, Chicago)
Asia: Asia – Diane E. Hilliard (Hilliard Olander Travel, Stillwater, Minn.); Asia – Janet Moore (Distant Horizons, Long Beach, Calif.); Asia – Patrick O’Connell (Asia Transpacific Journeys, Boulder, Colo., new this year); Asia – Darlene Ravin (CWT Vacations, Centennial, Colo.); Bali/Indonesia – Diane Embree (Michael’s Travel Centre, Westlake Village, Calif.); Bali/Indonesia – Jarrod Hobson (Asia Transpacific Journeys, Boulder, Colo.); Burma – Rebecca Mazzaro (Asia Transpacific Journeys, Boulder, Colo.); China – Karin Hansen (Frosch Travel, Deerfield, Ill.); China – Mei Zhang (WildChina, Beijing); Hong Kong – Laura Woo (West University Travel, Houston, Texas); India/Sri Lanka – Jonny Bealby (Wild Frontiers, London); India/Sri Lanka – Carole Ann Cambata (Greaves Tours, Highland Park); India/Sri Lanka – Ellison Poe (Poe Travel, Little Rock, Ark.); India/Sri Lanka – Ashish Sanghrajka (Big Five Tours & Expedition, Stuart, Fla.); India/Sri Lanka – Bob Watson (Valerie Wilson Travel, New York City); Japan – Noriko Townsend (Altour Cherry Creek American Express Travel, Fort Collins, Colo.); Japan – Duff Trimble (Wabi-Sabi Japan, Toronto); Southeast Asia – Catherine Heald (Remote Lands, New York City, new this year); Southeast Asia – Sandee Litwin (Litwin Travel, Los Angeles); Southeast Asia – Andrea Ross (Journeys Within, Truckee, Calif., new this year).
Africa and the Middle East: Africa – Bob Berghaier (Premier Tours, Philadelphia, Pa.); Africa – Cherri Briggs (Explore, Steamboat Springs, Colo., new this year); Africa – Katie Cadar (TravelStore Platinum, Los Angeles, Calif.); Africa – Sandy Cunningham (Uncharted Outposts Safari & Travel Co., Santa Fe, N.M.); Africa – Jeanie Fundora (Travel Beyond, Wayzata, Minn.); Africa – Phoebe B. Weinberg (Greatways Travel, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.); Africa – Dana Welch (Travel Society, Denver, Colo.); Egypt – Malaka Hilton (Admiral Travel International, Sarasota, Fla.); Israel – Rachel Epstein (Frosch, New York City); Morocco – Michael Diamond (Heritage Tours Private Travel, New York City); Safaris – Volker Altvater (Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Stuart, Fla.); Safaris – Tim Lapage (Safari Experts, Park City, Utah, new this year); Safaris – Mark Nolting (Africa Adventure Company, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); Safaris – Norman Pieters (Karell Travel, Miami, Fla.); Safaris – Jackie Rush (Frosch, Washington, D.C., new this year); Southern Africa – Craig Beal (Travel Beyond, Wayzata, Minn.); Southern Africa- Julian Harrison (Premier Tours, Philadelphia, Pa.); Southern Africa – Judy Udwin (Century Travel, Atlanta, Ga.); United Arab Emirates – Lindsey Wallace (Linara Travel, Eagle, Ind.)
Special Interest: Cruising – Claudia A. Gordon (Naples Luxury Travel, Advisors, Naples, Fla.); Cruising – Scott Kertes (Hartford Holidays Travel, Garden City, N.Y.); Cruising – Lois Moran (Hurley Travel Experts, Naples, Fla.) Cruising – Paul Niskanen (Cruise Masters/Concierge Travel Advisors, Portland, Ore.); Cruising – Betsy Patton (Hurley Travel Experts, Naples, Fla.); Cruising – Marcella Rappoport (Ovation Travel, New York City, new this year); Cruising – Steven E. Shulem (Strictly Vacations, Santa Barbara, Calif.); Cruising – Liz Sadie Sutton (Alabama World Travel/Sutton & Associates, Montgomery, Ala.); Cruising – Ruth Turpin (Cruises Etc., Fort Worth, Texas); Ecotourism – Joan Weber (Journeys International, Ann Arbor, Mich.); Family Travel – Julia P. Douglas (Jet Set World Travel, Chicago, new this year); Family Travel – Jessica Griscavage (McCabe World Travel, McLean, Va., new this year); Family Travel – Paul J. Largay (Largay Travel, Waterbury, Ct.); Family Travel – Kay Merrill (Are We There Yet Family Adventures, Larkspur, Calif.); Family Travel – Ana Maria Pickens (My Little Swans, Hillsborough, Calif.); Family Travel – Kathryn Sudeikis (Acendas, Mission, Kan.); Family Travel – Kimberly Wilson Wetty (Valerie Wilson Travel, New York City); Business Travel – Jennifer Wilson Buttigieg (Valerie Wilson Travel, New York City); Hotels – Manny Beauregard (Hallmark Travel/Valerie Wilson Travel, Atlanta, Ga.): Hotels – Bobby Zur (Travel Artistry, Franklin Lakes, N.J.); Spas/Wellness – Karen Benson (Camelback Odyssey Travel, Phoenix, Ariz.); Spas/Wellness – Maureen “Mo” Smith (Travel Smith, Bluffton, S.C.); Culture/Education – Margery Hunter (Rudi Steele Travel, Dallas, Texas); Destination Celebrations – John Clifford (International Travel Management, San Diego, Calif.); Destination Celebrations – Jack S. Ezon (Ovation Vacations, New York City); Diving – Gene Lashley (Century Travel, Atlanta, Ga.); Food/Wine – Lynda Turley Garrett (Alpine Travel of Saratoga, Saratoga, Calif.); Food/Wine – Bonnie Brayham Herman (Purple Truffle, Paris, France); Gay Travel – David Rubin (DavidTravel, Corona del Mar, Calif.); Golf – Susan Dischner (Four Seasons Travel, Savannah, Ga.); Golf – Jani Miller (Central Travel, Toledo, Ohio); Hiking/Walking – Doris White (Cadence, La Jolla, Calif.); Honeymoons – Peter Lloyd (Century Travel, Atlanta, Ga.); Adventure – Michelle Bemis (McCabe World Travel, McLean, Va.); Adventure – Betty Jo Currie (Currie & Co. Travels Unlimited, Atlanta, Ga.); Adventure – Betsy Donley (Camelback Odyssey Travel, Phoenix, Ariz.); Adventure – Mollie Fitzgerald (Frontiers Travel International, Phoenix, Ariz.); Photography – Janie Bullard (Distinctive Journeys, Powder Springs, Ga.); Skiing– Marrilee Foukal McLean (Alabama World Travel, Montgomery, Ala.); Air Travel – Michael Holtz (SmartFlyer, New York City, new this year); Private Jet Travel – David Lowy (Renshaw Travel, Vancouver).