Travel + Leisure Honors Five Protravel International Experts on Its 2017 A-list of Elite Travel Professionals

August 29, 2017

We are incredibly proud of our contingent of luxury agents recognized by Travel + Leisure as the travel industry’s best and included on this year’s ‘A-List’

Protravel’s Josh Alexander, Robert Becker, Amalia Lazarov, and Nathalie Nagy Recognized for Their Outstanding Expertise in Travel, in Addition to Protravel’s President Gail Grimmett


New York, NY (August 29, 2017) — Today, Protravel International proudly announced that four of its Protravel agent advisors have the honor of being singled out for their high level of knowledge and expertise by Travel + Leisure with its newly-released “2017 A-List of Top Travel Advisors.” Josh Alexander is recognized for planning exceptional destination weddings and honeymoons; Robert Becker is, once again, acknowledged for his expertise in planning diving-related travel; Amalia Lazarov for her knowledge of the United Arab Emirates; and Nathalie Nagy for her expertise in Central Europe. Furthermore, Protravel International President Gail Grimmett is included by virtue of her role as a member of the Travel + Leisure Travel Advisory Board.


“We are incredibly proud of our contingent of luxury agents recognized by Travel + Leisure as the travel industry’s best and included on this year’s ‘A-List,’” said Gail Grimmett, President of Protravel International. “I want to congratulate Josh Alexander, Robert Becker, Amalia Lazarov, and Nathalie Nagy – four of Protravel’s best-in-class luxury travel agent experts. Their inclusion is a testament to their unsurpassed knowledge in a wide array of travel specialties and exemplifies the remarkable service they – and all of our Protravel advisors – provide to their discriminating clientele.”


In its 16th annual A-List, Travel + Leisure showcases the “139 best agents and tour operators in the business – the destination experts, wedding planners, family-reunion organizers, and cruise specialists who can help devise the trip of a lifetime” – including these four extraordinary Protravel International luxury travel agents:


Central Europe

Protravel’s Nathalie Nagy is listed as the expert travel agent for Central Europe by Travel + Leisure. Nagy is fluent in Hungarian and German. Travel +Leisure also pointed out that This part-time Budapest resident keeps close tabs on openings and developing points of interest in the region’s popular destinations, such as Prague and Vienna, as well as emerging ones like Romania and Slovenia.”


Nagy has also “planned special occasions such as a private concert on one of Mozart’s pianos at his birthplace in Salzburg, Austria, and an after-hours tour of the Lobmeyr glass workshop in Vienna.”


Scuba Diving

Once again, Protravel’s Robert Becker, a certified PADI Divemaster, was noted for diving-related travel by Travel + Leisure. The publication points out that “Because of his connections in marine-research circles, Becker gets tipped off to excursions that don’t come across the average agent’s desk. Recently, one of his clients joined a biodiversity research expedition in the remote Phoenix Islands Protected Area, in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. He also makes a point of working with outfitters who support local economies and are focused on conservation.”


United Arab Emirates


Amalia Lazarov specializes in the United Arab Emirates, corporate travel and Asia. Travel + Leisure said, “As the U.A.E. has grown more popular with travelers for its culture and cuisine, Lazarov’s clients turn to her for insider expertise and itineraries that include seven-star hotel stays and private high-end shopping. Lazarov is especially skilled at arranging compelling cultural activities—an early morning photography drive or a dinner with local architects—between meetings or other business commitments.”


Weddings and Honeymoons

This year’s A-List highlighted Josh Alexander for his expertise in planning destination weddings and honeymoons to multiple destinations. Travel + Leisure stated that “While he’s only been in the business for eight years, Alexander is already a go-to advisor for romance travel. The former attorney loves planning trips with complicated logistics: a self-driving trip through Scotland, say, or a multi-country Asian food tour.” Additionally, “Alexander will hunt for eco-minded hotels, light-footprint tours, and voluntourism experiences, no matter your destination.”


With an award-winning reputation, Protravel International is a recognized leader in corporate and luxury travel. Protravel was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in New York City. With annual sales reaching close to $1 billion last year, it has grown into 20 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, plus a network of hosted agents throughout the U.S.


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About Protravel International LLC:

Protravel International LLC is a Travel Leaders Group company. Founded in 1984, Protravel International LLC is a full-service, dynamic travel company with an award-winning reputation. With annual sales reaching close to $1 billion, Protravel is headquartered in New York City and supports 20 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, plus a network of hosted agents in all corners of the U.S. Today, approximately 1,000 people make up the Protravel organization. Our expertise in destination, international faring and competitive products – coupled with our superior network of contacts in the airline, hotel, cruise and hospitality industry – makes Protravel one of the most powerful selling forces in the travel industry.


Protravel’s diversity of products, size of annual sales and nationally recognized stature permits them to leverage these strengths to bring the most competitive pricing and aggressive negotiations for our highly diverse client base. It is a company-wide commitment to search for the best possible travel options for our customers. Travel arrangements are personally tailored to take optimum advantage of the most up to the minute changes in the industry.


For many years, a dedicated team has guided Protravel with innovative ideas and skills. By incorporating the latest technologies and carefully monitoring industry developments, the finest products and highest levels of service are maintained. The continued success of Protravel is a testament to our sound operation and well-planned development.


About Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure is the preeminent voice for the sophisticated, insatiable traveler, serving up expert intelligence and the most immersive, inspiring travel lifestyle content anywhere. Travel + Leisure captures the pure joy of discovering the pleasures the world has to offer—from art and design to shopping and style to food and wine. Whether the experience is in print or digital, T+L offers compelling reasons to get up and go. With a total global audience of more than 9 million, the Travel + Leisure portfolio includes the U.S. flagship and five international editions in Mexico, Turkey, China, India/South Asia and Southeast Asia. The U.S. edition of T+L, which launched in 1971, has an authoritative website,, and an extensive social media following of more than 11 million. Travel + Leisure, a Time Inc. brand, also encompasses newsletters, clubs, retail stores, and media collaborations.

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