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For Immediate Release – Ovation Travel Group, one of the largest independently owned travel management companies headquartered in the U.S, is celebrating two of its most revered veteran travel advisors, Marcella Rappoport and Judy Stein, both of whom are featured in the 18th Annual A-List of Top Travel Advisors by Travel + Leisure. Rappoport has been singled out for her extensive expertise in intimate cruise options aboard smaller ships, while Stein, who was recently named to the travel publication’s Travel Advisory Board, is cited for her team’s global connections, tenacity and ability to open doors. This year’s A-List was formally revealed in the September 2019 issue of Travel + Leisure.

“On behalf of everyone at Ovation Travel Group, I am proud to congratulate both Marcella Rappoport and Judy Stein on once again being featured on Travel + Leisure’s prestigious A-List,” exclaimed Paul Metselaar, CEO and Chairman of Ovation Travel Group. “Given the stellar service and extraordinary expertise required to be considered for this honor, Marcella and Judy have repeatedly demonstrated what it takes to be the ‘best of the best.’ Their clients have peace of mind that they are in exceptionally good hands.”

Travel + Leisure describes its 2019 A-List as follows:

Working with a travel advisor comes with all sorts of benefits. Not only do these professionals eliminate the stress of planning by dealing with all of the details (visa requirements, bookings, etc.) but they also provide incredible insight and unparalleled access that gives you value you couldn’t get any other way. Whether it’s a private dinner at the foot of the Pyramids at Giza, an exclusive nighttime visit to Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, or a dance lesson with a Cuban rumba master, a seasoned advisor can help turn your next vacation into the experience of a lifetime. In Travel + Leisure’s 18th annual A-List, we showcase our picks of the 123 top agents and tour operators in the business.

In describing Ovation advisor Marcella Rappoport’s high level of expertise for the category of “Small- and Mid-Size Cruise Ship Specialist,” Travel + Leisure extols her virtues as an advisor:

Any time a new luxury ship debuts, Rappoport is one of the first on board. As a cruising expert, she’s dedicated to researching the best experiences for her clients, and takes at least 5 cruises every year to experience the industry’s hottest offerings and stay up to date on old favorites.

Rappoport is also known for going the extra mile – she’ll secure coveted staterooms on sold-out ships. Her relationships with top management allow her to customize itineraries with experiences like dinner with the captain and welcome baskets filled with flowers and champagne. Extending clients’ journeys to include unforgettable pre-and post-cruise experiences is just part of the icing on the cake for Rappaport.

Travel + Leisure portrays Ovation advisor Judy Stein of The Stein Collective by noting:

As founder and president of The Stein Collective, an affiliate of Ovation, Judy Stein possesses years of experience within the industry. She’s a door opener with a team that’s well-versed in the culinary world. They keep their finger on the pulse of restaurant openings from Paris to Bangkok, and often manage to secure reservations at restaurants that are fully booked. The best example of her team’s incredible pull? They once convinced a chef to open his Michelin-starred restaurant for guests on a day it was typically closed.

“What makes Marcella and Judy so unique in the realm of travel counseling where they are truly the crème-de-la-crème among hundreds of thousands of travel professionals is not only their level of knowledge and care, but especially their tenacity fused with an overriding passion to consistently deliver unforgettable memories to each client,” Metselaar noted. “As Ovation celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, these two are symbols of the excellence our brand always seeks to represent, and allows us to confidently tell our clients that we are ‘your trusted travel partner.’”