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Conde Nast Piles on Accolades for IRT: Angela Walker, Rachel Hardy Join Eleanor on 2023 Top Travel Specialists List

By Rachel M. Hardy

We are thrilled to announce that IRT has once again caught the attention of one of the world’s most important travel publications. For the first time ever, IRT has a practically-unprecedented three advisors on the 2023 Conde Nast Top Travel Specialists list.

Angela Walker, IRT’s Vice President, Operations, and I — Rachel Hardy, Vice President, Sales & Marketing — are both first-time Conde Nast Top Travel Specialists.

And Eleanor Hardy, IRT President, was named to the list for the fourth year running. (This designation is in addition to Eleanor’s inclusion on the 2023 Travel + Leisure A-List.) Way to go, Eleanor! You are a giant in the luxury train universe, and Angela and I couldn’t be more proud to follow in your footsteps.

Check out excerpts from our conversations with Conde Nast Traveler below, and visit our profile pages to read what each of us had to say about what makes us stand out from the crowd.

Eleanor on the Belmond Hiram Bingham.

Eleanor: “As one guest traveling this week said: ‘I hear your voice, and my shoulders go down. I can relax.’” Click here for Eleanor’s full profile.

Angela on the Eastern & Oriental Express.

Angela: “Often, a client will come to my agency for a luxury train journey, and then appreciate our service so much they end up booking all their travel with us (not just trains).” Click here for Angela’s full profile.

Rachel on the VSOE.

Rachel: “Our “secret sauce” is our dedicated team of advisors and support staff.” Click here for Rachel’s full profile.

Thanks to our amazing staff, especially Nora Friend, our intrepid Luxury Travel Associate, and Owen Hardy, our CEO and Founder, for keeping us organized and on track. Thanks also to our travel partners all around the world who help us deliver unforgettable travel experiences.

And to you, our travelers: we are so thankful that you continue to put your faith in us, trip after trip after trip. Your time is precious, and we can’t thank you enough for your continued trust in IRT. We look forward to many more years of planning unforgettable luxury train and adventure travel with you. Your ideas, insights, and interests inspire us every day.

P.S. Now is the ideal time to plan for 2024 (limited space remains for 2023 as well). Click here to email us and get started. Please provide names of all travelers, a good phone number, what you would like to do (train or destination), and when you wish to travel. We look forward to speaking with you!