FROSCH Agents Ranked Among Travel + Leisure's A-List
We're proud to announce that seven FROSCH travel specialists have been recognized on Travel + Leisure's annual A-List: World's Top Travel Agents! The highly selective list appears in the September issue, which hits newsstands next week.
Here are the featured agents' profiles along with their specialties and expert travel tips, reproduced from Travel + Leisure. Congrats to all!
Barbara Gallay, New York City
Known For: Deep connections with top hotel general managers across the globe. Now with the reach and clout of global travel company FROSCH (which acquired Gallay's boutique agency Linden Travel in 2009), she is uniquely primed to pull strings, open doors, and find room when many others claim it's impossible.
Trend Watch: Montenegro on the Adriatic, particularly the new Aman Sveti Stefan. I've received a lot of inquiries about the property for next year, Gallay says.
Linda Kibak, New York City, selling New Orleans
Top Tip: In-the-know locals love Adolfo's, an intimate two-room restaurant upstairs from the Apple Barrel in the French Quarter. Snag one of the 12-odd tables on the late side when the staff is cheery and order the cannelloni stuffed with crabmeat from the Italian-Creole menu.
Years as Agent: 20.
Other Specialty: Switzerland.
Yaron Yarimi, New York City, selling Canada
New Favorite: The revamped Rosewood Hotel Georgia, in Vancouver. Housed in a 1927 Georgian Revival mansion, the 155-room property reopened in July with contemporary interiors and a new restaurant, the Hawksworth, where chef David Hawksworth whips up regionally inspired dishes.
Years as Agent: 24.
Other Specialty: Alaska.
Margot Cushing, New York City, selling Italy
Excited About: The growing popularity of the Emilia-Romagna region. Bologna makes an ideal base from which to explore the lesser-known medieval towns of Ravenna and Modena (where the Ferrari HQ is a counterpoint to the Romanesque architecture).
Years as Agent: 30.
Other Specialty: Mediterranean.
Judith Wolf, Deerfield, Ill., selling Spain
Excited About: How the W Barcelona, a sail-shaped tower designed by architect Ricardo Bofills, will help rejuvenate the Barceloneta neighborhood with its 26th-floor bar, Bliss spa, and top-notch Catalan restaurant.
Years as Agent: 26.
Other Specialties: Turkey, Italy.
Karin Hansen, Deerfield, Ill., selling China
Excited About: Lijiang, in Yunnan province, where the new Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa is giving the Banyan Tree a run for its money.
Years as Agent: 30.
Other Specialty: Thailand.
Rachel Epstein, New York City, selling Israel
New Favorite: The just-opened Beresheet hotel, high above the Ramon Crater, in the southern Negev region. Epstein got a sneak preview before its late-April opening and is already booking clients into the slick, stone-walled suites (many with private pools).
Years as Agent: 29.
Other Specialty: Spain.