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Margriet Itz

New York, New York Travel Agent

High-End, Hands-On Travel Planning

“Sure” is the most often word you will hear from me. If there is something you want, from hard-to-get sports tickets like Wimbledon or the Monaco Grand Prix on land or yacht, or a villa in the Caribbean, I can make it happen. When I plan your trip, I will listen to your interests and guide you to the best experiences around the world. If you are interested in gourmet cuisine, I can arrange cooking classes and hard-to-get reservations at Michelin-starred restaurants.  

For wildlife enthusiasts, I can suggest expedition cruises to the far corners of the earth as well as naturalist-led adventures.  African safari game lodges that help you discover the wonders of nature while being steeped in luxury.   

I also make sure your time is not wasted. My years of experience have taught me how to head off potential mishaps and inconveniences. A cruise line recently tried to route my clients from Florida via JFK and Frankfurt to Rome. Yikes!... plus, not enough connecting time in JFK  so they could have easily missed flights and not met their ship.  I convinced the carrier to re-ticket my clients on a Miami-Rome nonstop flight- Wunderbar!.      

As your travel agent, I am always there for you. When the unexpected glitch such as a winter storm threatens to derail your plans, I will take the necessary steps to get you back on track, often before you even know there was a problem. From your first trip, I will look after your frequent flyer numbers and hotel loyalty programs and know which airline seats you like and what type of hotels and restaurants you enjoy.   

I learn what you and yours are interested in, your budgets, and the level of luxury you enjoy. I have had loyal clients for 20 years and as their interests widened, and their family grew, I have continued to guide them. For example, the son of one of my clients just asked me to find a deluxe 14-person villa in Mykonos for a graduation celebration with their friends. Travel is in my blood. My Dad was the KLM Airlines Station Manager so our family moved often... It gave us an interesting background. Growing up in Canada, Bermuda, the Netherlands and finally New York,  gave me marvelous opportunities to explore and absorb many cultures.   

My life in the travel industry started with summer jobs with the airlines, and over time, I became a reservations supervisor. In 1985, my husband and I decided to open our own travel agency. As the industry changed, it became more important to be affiliated with a powerful agency, so in 2005, we joined Protravel International, one of the country's leading luxury travel agency. As a Protravel agent, I can provide my clients with value-added amenities at top hotels and cruise lines around the world and ensure they are treated as VIPs.     

I have worked in the travel industry all my life and traveled throughout Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean and I am excited to share my insights with you.

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