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Marry Caribbean - Travel Agents a Must!Knowledgeable and qualified Travel Agents are a necessary part of the travel booking experience.  If you find a good one, your life will become much easier and stress free as they will do all the work for you in helping with your honeymoon or destination wedding.

A recent article in Travel + Leisure Magazine list the top 76 agents who are experts in their field and are members of an Organization called Virtuoso.  Virtuoso’s membership includes over 6,000 travel professionals (travel agents).
According to the Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure: ‘Given the complication of life these days, along with the abundant opportunities to travel well at a good price, an experienced travel agent can make a huge difference.  Our A-List guide is a terrific resource for interesting travels – and stress reduction.”

Please see below for list of agents and their location as featured in Travel + Leisure.

In its October issue, available now on newsstands, Travel + Leisure magazine reveals the top travel agents in the world, and names 76 travel professionals associated with leading luxury travel network, Virtuoso®.  Virtuoso’s experts account for nearly 60 percent of whether it is a seat on a sold-out flight, booking the preferred corner room with a view, or mapping out a complicated itinerary, Virtuoso’s “A-List” agents – or one of the network’s 6,000 advisors – can make travelers’ most difficult requests possible.  A full list of Virtuoso “A-List” experts can be found below, and are also featured online at www.travelandleisure.com now.

Virtuoso Experts on Travel + Leisure’s 2009 “A-List”:

Super-Agents

Priscilla Alexander* (Protravel International, New York City)
Diane Hilliard* (Hilliard & Olander Ltd., Stillwater, MN)
Mary Ann Ramsey* (Betty Maclean Travel, Naples, FL)
Anne Morgan Scully* (McCabe World Travel, McLean, VA)
Jim Strong* and Nancy Strong (Strong Travel, Dallas, TX)
Valerie Ann Wilson (Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc., New York City)

United States and Canada

Alaska – Margret Propper (Brownell Travel, Birmingham, AL)
New York City – Amy Glass (Protravel International, New York City)
Western U.S. – Deborah Trevino (Hobson Travel, Naperville, IL)

Europe

England – Ellen LeCompte (Sterling Brownell Travel, Richmond, VA)
England – Tammi R. Van Volkinburgh (Private Travel Consulting Services, Raleigh, NC)
England – Susie Worthy (NoteWorthy Group, London, England)
Germany – Elisabeth Landry (Century Travel, Atlanta, GA)
Greece – Kelly Shea (Earle Travel Co., Indianapolis, IN)
Hungary – Nathalie Nagy (Protravel International, New York City)
Ireland – Carol Cornell (Covington Travel Inc., For Wayne, IN)
Italy – Judy Nussbaum (Unique Travel of Palm Beach, Delray Beach, FL)
Italy – Sally Watkins (Century Travel, Austin, TX)
Russia – Greg Tepper (Exeter International, Tampa FL)
Scandinavia – Carol Arklind (Travel Dynamics Group Inc., La Jolla, CA)
Scotland – F. Peter Herff II (Herff Travel Inc., San Antonio, TX)
Scotland – Claire Schoeder (Century Travel, Atlanta, GA)
Spain – Virginia Irurita (Made For Spain, Madrid, Spain)
Turkey – Fred Poe (Poe Travel Service, Little Rock, AR)

Latin America

Argentina – Maita Barrenechea (Mai 10, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Brazil – Robert Betenson (Matueté Expeditions, São Paulo, Brazil)
Brazil – Jerry Greenberg* (Cassis Travel Services Inc., Los Angeles, CA)
Costa Rica – Rachel Bockhoven (Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Stuart, FL)
Ecuador – Tatiana Johnston (Big Five Tours & Expeditions, Stuart, FL)

Caribbean

Janet McLaughlin (Provident Travel Corporation, Cincinnati, OH)
Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
Australia – Cassandra Bookholder (Camelback Odyssey Travel, Phoenix, AZ)

Asia

China – Guy Rubin (Imperial Tours, Beijing, China)
India/Sri Lanka – Ellison Poe (Poe Travel, Little Rock, AK)
India/Sri Lanka – Ashish Sanghrajka (Big Five Tours & Expedition, Stuart, FL)
Southeast Asia – Sandee Litwin (Litwin Travel, Los Angeles, CA)
Southeast Asia – Darlene Ravin (Andavo Independent Elite, Greenwood Village, CO)

Africa and the Middle East

Africa – Dana Welch (Travel Society, Denver, CO)
Africa – Joel Zack (Heritage Tours Private Travel, New York City)
East Africa – Jeanie Fundora (Cox & Kings U.S.A., Tampa, FL)
Egypt – Malaka Hilton (Admiral Travel, Sarasota, FL)
Morocco – Laurette de Moro (Worldview Travel, Santa Ana, CA)
Morocco – Michael Diamond (Heritage Tours Private Travel, New York City)
Southern Africa – Robert Malmberg (Malmberg Travel Companies, Boston, MA)
Southern Africa – Judy Udwin (Century Travel, Atlanta, GA)
Southern Africa – Phoebe Weinberg (Greatways Travel, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI)
United Arab Emirates – Lindsey Wallace (Linara Travel, Eagle, ID)

Cruises

Cruises – Betsy Patton (Betty Maclean Travel, Inc., Naples, FL)
Cruises – Anne Halsey Smith (Gayle Gillies Travel/Worldview Travel, Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
Cruises – Liz Sutton* (Alabama World Travel, Montgomery, AL)
Cruises – Ruth Turpin (Cruises Etc. Travel, Fort Worth, TX)
Residential Cruises – Claudia Gordon (Betty Maclean Travel, Inc., Naples, FL)
World Cruises – Lois Moran (Betty Maclean Travel, Inc., Naples, FL)

Family

Family/Active – Fontaine Denna Gatti (Travelong of Summit, Summit, NJ)
Family/Active – Kay Merrill (Are We There Yet? Family Adventures, Larkspur, CA)
Family/Hotels & Resorts – Kimberly Wilson Wetty* (Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc., New York City)
Family/Safaris – Paul Largay (Largay Travel, Waterbury, CT)
Business Travel, Hotels, and Spas
Business Travel – Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg (Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc., New York City)
Hotels – Manny Beauregard (Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc., Atlanta, GA)
Hotels – Bob Watson (Protravel International, Rye Brook, NY)
Spas – Karen Benson (Camelback Odyssey Travel, Phoenix, AZ)
Spas – Maureen “Mo” Smith (Well On The Way, Hilton Head Island, SC)

Special Interest

Adventure – Betty Jo Currie (Explorations, Atlanta, GA)
Culture & Education – Margery Hunter (Rudi Steele Travel, Dallas, TX)
Culture & Education – Paul Niskanen* (Cruise Masters/Concierge Travel Advisors, Portland, OR)
Diving – Gene Lashley (Century Travel, Atlanta, GA)
Fly-Fishing – Betsy Donley* (Camelback Odyssey Travel, Phoenix, AZ)
Food/Wine – Lynda Turley Garrett (Alpine Travel, Saratoga, CA)
Food/Wine – Katie McCormack Krinkie (McCabe World Travel, McLean, VA)
Gay/Lesbian – David Rubin (DavidTravel, Corona del Mar, CA)
Golf – Susan Dischner (Four Seasons Travel, Savannah, GA)
Hiking/Walking – Doris White (Travel Dynamics, La Jolla, CA)
Honeymoons – Peter Lloyd (Century Travel, Atlanta, GA)
Hunting/Fishing – Mollie Fitzgerald (Frontiers International Travel, Wexford, PA)
Photography – Janie Bullard (Distinctive Journeys, Powder Springs, GA)
Skiing/Snowboarding – Marrilee Foukal McLean (Alabama World Travel, Montgomery, AL)
Yachts/Villas – Sara Ryan Duffy (SRD International, Los Angeles, CA)

About Virtuoso

Virtuoso® is the industry’s leading luxury travel network. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 300 agencies with more than 6,000 elite travel specialists in 22 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as over 1,000 of the world’s best travel providers and premier destinations. The network’s member agencies generate over $5.1 billion annually in travel sales, making the group the most powerful in the luxury travel segment.  Their relationships with the finest travel companies provide the network’s affluent clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. Virtuoso is the exclusive network of travel services and benefits provided by MasterCard® for participating World Elite MasterCard® programs. For more information, please visit:
www.virtuoso.com

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