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TPI Celebrates 20 Years, Hosts 400 in Mexico

TPI-MorrisChia1WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors, welcomed nearly 400 of its travel advisors and their guests, preferred partners, and TPI Head Office staff, to the company’s historic 20th anniversary annual conference at the Platinum Yucatan Princess and Grand Riviera Princess All-Suites Resorts and Spas, Riviera Maya, Mexico, that took place 8-15 November 2014.

“It is hard to believe that it was two decades ago, in 1994, that our concept and vision for this company came to fruition and TPI was founded. I am thankful every moment for what we have accomplished together as a team at TPI”, said Morris Chia, TPI President and CEO.

TPI-TimMorgan1With a theme of “Stir the Skies”, attendees were invited to dream big personally and professionally and to hold steadfastly to those dreams even in the face of adversity.

During his opening keynote address, Chia revisited the company’s humble beginnings in 1994 in Winnipeg, when his financial advisor told him that, “(he) would be better off to work at a regular 9 to 5,” but Chia said, “I had a dream.” It took Chia and his small initial team of staff and travel advisors many years to gain industry acceptance and to become what is today the country’s largest and leading network of independent travel advisors.

TPI-MorrisChia2Looking forward, Chia outlined the company’s top 3 priorities for the next 20 months – consumer and advisor engagement, technology development, and taking advantage of industry trends in exclusivity. Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President, dove further in to these 3 priorities alongside Mark Luimes, TPI Director of Technology, and Joelle Goldman, Virtuoso North Central Regional Director of Global Member Partnerships. Together, they outlined a calendar for 2015 which includes over 160 in-person advisor or consumer events focused on increasing advisors’ travel sales, technology enhancements and solutions to maximize advisor efficiency and to take advantage of web-based sales channels, and continuing to utilize value-added amenities exclusive to Virtuoso members to drive consumer retention and referrals.

“Here’s to 20 more years and beyond of living our passion and sharing the many wonders of the world with those around us,” exclaimed Chia.

TPI-Crowd1In addition to the record-breaking near-400 guests in attendance, further records were shattered in the form of 50 supplier representatives from 33 preferred partners in attendance. Among those partners was Gary Sadler, Sandals Senior Vice President of Sales, who addressed the crowd on the importance of Sandals’ longstanding relationship with TPI.

The historic TPI 20th anniversary annual conference was made possible by the support of its presenting partners, WestJet and WestJet Vacations, and its platinum partners, TIC Insurance and Transat Holidays/Nolitours, among others.

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Since its founding in 1994 by Morris Chia, Travel Professionals International (TPI) has been the premier provider of outsourced travel solutions to independent travel advisors and agencies. Backed by a head office support team of fifty highly skilled travel professionals, innovative technological solutions, and excellent supplier relationships, hundreds of TPI advisors across Canada are available to provide full-service travel solutions to leisure and corporate travelers. More information is available at www.tpi.ca. TPI – We’ll Take You There

TPI is a Virtuoso member (www.virtuoso.com) and is a division of the I.A.S. – Independent Agency Services Corp. group of companies. (www.iascorp.ca)

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Contact: Ariana Chia, achia@tpi.ca, Communications Coordinator, Travel Professionals International (TPI)

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TPI Celebrates 20 Years, Hosts 400 in Mexico

November 24, 2014

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors, welcomed nearly 400 of its travel advisors and their guests, preferred partners, and TPI Head Office staff, to the company’s historic 20th anniversary annual conference at the Platinum Yucatan Princess and Grand Riviera Princess All-Suites Resorts and Spas, Riviera Maya, Mexico, that took place 8-15 November 2014.

“It is hard to believe that it was two decades ago, in 1994, that our concept and vision for this company came to fruition and TPI was founded. I am thankful every moment for what we have accomplished together as a team at TPI”, said Morris Chia, TPI President and CEO.

With a theme of “Stir the Skies”, attendees were invited to dream big personally and professionally and to hold steadfastly to those dreams even in the face of adversity.

During his opening keynote address, Chia revisited the company’s humble beginnings in 1994 in Winnipeg, when his financial advisor told him that, “(he) would be better off to work at a regular 9 to 5,” but Chia said, “I had a dream.” It took Chia and his small initial team of staff and travel advisors many years to gain industry acceptance and to become what is today the country’s largest and leading network of independent travel advisors.

TPI-MorrisChia2Looking forward, Chia outlined the company’s top 3 priorities for the next 20 months – consumer and advisor engagement, technology development, and taking advantage of industry trends in exclusivity. Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President, dove further in to these 3 priorities alongside Mark Luimes, TPI Director of Technology, and Joelle Goldman, Virtuoso North Central Regional Director of Global Member Partnerships. Together, they outlined a calendar for 2015 which includes over 160 in-person advisor or consumer events focused on increasing advisors’ travel sales, technology enhancements and solutions to maximize advisor efficiency and to take advantage of web-based sales channels, and continuing to utilize value-added amenities exclusive to Virtuoso members to drive consumer retention and referrals.

“Here’s to 20 more years and beyond of living our passion and sharing the many wonders of the world with those around us,” exclaimed Chia.

In addition to the record-breaking near-400 guests in attendance, further records were shattered in the form of 50 supplier representatives from 33 preferred partners in attendance. Among those partners was Gary Sadler, Sandals Senior Vice President of Sales, who addressed the crowd on the importance of Sandals’ longstanding relationship with TPI.

The historic TPI 20th anniversary annual conference was made possible by the support of its presenting partners, WestJet and WestJet Vacations, and its platinum partners, TIC Insurance and Transat Holidays/Nolitours, among others.

TPI Launches Wellness Program for its Travel Advisors

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors, is pleased to announce the launch of a benefits program available exclusively to TPI Advisors. The TPI Wellness Program is currently rolling out in each province and territory across Canada with components specifically related to providing opt-in health and dental benefits coverage for the organization’s advisors.

“I’m pleased to announce the launch of our TPI Wellness Program which is the culmination of months of ideas and feedback from our advisors and review by your TPI Head Office Team and TPI Advisory Board,” exclaimed Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President, in announcing the program to its network. “The need for such a program comes from the fact that many TPI Advisors’ sole occupation/income is derived from their TPI business and as such they do not have a corporately-initiated health and dental benefits program. This will change starting today.”

To ensure that the varying needs of all of its advisors are met under the program, TPI has devised 8 exclusive plans including the option for advisors to create their own customized plan.

“I’m very proud of the fact that the idea for this program came directly from you, our TPI Advisors,” continued Morgan. “Thank you for continuing to provide feedback and ideas for how we can help you achieve your goals.”

TPI Launches Wellness Program for its Travel Advisors

September 11, 2014

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors, is pleased to announce the launch of a benefits program available exclusively to TPI Advisors. The TPI Wellness Program is currently rolling out in each province and territory across Canada with components specifically related to providing opt-in health and dental benefits coverage for the organization’s advisors.

“I’m pleased to announce the launch of our TPI Wellness Program which is the culmination of months of ideas and feedback from our advisors and review by your TPI Head Office Team and TPI Advisory Board,” exclaimed Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President, in announcing the program to its network. “The need for such a program comes from the fact that many TPI Advisors’ sole occupation/income is derived from their TPI business and as such they do not have a corporately-initiated health and dental benefits program. This will change starting today.”

To ensure that the varying needs of all of its advisors are met under the program, TPI has devised 8 exclusive plans including the option for advisors to create their own customized plan.

“I’m very proud of the fact that the idea for this program came directly from you, our TPI Advisors,” continued Morgan. “Thank you for continuing to provide feedback and ideas for how we can help you achieve your goals.”

TPI in Top 10 at World’s Largest Luxury Travel Show

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors, attended the 26th annual Virtuoso Travel Week, 9-15 August 2014, at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, and were in the top 10 agencies in attendance out of the 2,100 travel agent participants.

“We are very pleased with our partnership and with being a Virtuoso Top 30 Worldwide producing agency in less than 2 years. This signals positively that our advisors have indeed embraced this opportunity and are capitalizing on a growing market demographic, seeking experiential vacations and high touch service. We continue to be amazed at the possibilities that Virtuoso brings to our advisors and more importantly, their clients,” said Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO.

The 26th annual Virtuoso Travel Week set new participation records, with over 4,400 people from 92 countries in attendance, and featured an appearance and performance by Grammy award winning singer Olivia Newton-John during the opening keynote session. TPI advisors took the week’s opportunity to learn about new products and services, forge new relationships while strengthening existing ones, and participate in training sessions designed to improve the sales process.

“We love having TPI as part of the Virtuoso family,” exclaimed Becky Powell, Virtuoso Senior Vice President of Global Member Partnerships. “Their commitment to being the best of the best is shown in their engagement and enthusiasm at Virtuoso events and their sales support of Virtuoso partners worldwide.”

As a thank you for each of its advisors committing to the success of their TPI business by attending Virtuoso Travel Week, TPI donated money to Breakfast Club of Canada and Sandals Foundation in their names.

Virtuoso is a by-invitation-only organization comprising over 330 agencies with more than 7,200 elite travel advisors in 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, selling USD9.6 billion in travel annually.

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Since its founding in 1994 by Morris Chia, Travel Professionals International (TPI) has been the premier provider of outsourced travel solutions to independent travel advisors and agencies. Backed by a head office support team of fifty highly skilled travel professionals, innovative technological solutions, and excellent supplier relationships, over 500 TPI advisors across Canada are available to provide full-service travel solutions to leisure and corporate travelers. More information is available at www.tpi.ca. TPI – We’ll Take You There

TPI is a Virtuoso member (www.virtuoso.com) and is a division of the I.A.S. – Independent Agency Services Corp. group of companies. (www.iascorp.ca)

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Contact: Ariana Chia, achia@tpi.ca, Communications Coordinator, Travel Professionals International (TPI)

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TPI in Top 10 at World’s Largest Luxury Travel Show

August 26, 2014

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors, attended the 26th annual Virtuoso Travel Week, 9-15 August 2014, at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, and were in the top 10 agencies in attendance out of the 2,100 travel agent participants.

“We are very pleased with our partnership and with being a Virtuoso Top 30 Worldwide producing agency in less than 2 years. This signals positively that our advisors have indeed embraced this opportunity and are capitalizing on a growing market demographic, seeking experiential vacations and high touch service. We continue to be amazed at the possibilities that Virtuoso brings to our advisors and more importantly, their clients,” said Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO.

The 26th annual Virtuoso Travel Week set new participation records, with over 4,400 people from 92 countries in attendance, and featured an appearance and performance by Grammy award winning singer Olivia Newton-John during the opening keynote session. TPI advisors took the week’s opportunity to learn about new products and services, forge new relationships while strengthening existing ones, and participate in training sessions designed to improve the sales process.

“We love having TPI as part of the Virtuoso family,” exclaimed Becky Powell, Virtuoso Senior Vice President of Global Member Partnerships. “Their commitment to being the best of the best is shown in their engagement and enthusiasm at Virtuoso events and their sales support of Virtuoso partners worldwide.”

As a thank you for each of its advisors committing to the success of their TPI business by attending Virtuoso Travel Week, TPI donated money to Breakfast Club of Canada and Sandals Foundation in their names.

Virtuoso is a by-invitation-only organization comprising over 330 agencies with more than 7,200 elite travel advisors in 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, selling USD9.6 billion in travel annually.

TPI Advisor Recognized by Air Canada Vacations

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors, proudly announces that one of its advisors, Lois Barbour, of St. John’s, NL, has achieved Silver Status within the Air Canada Vacations ACV & Me program recognizing travel agent loyalty. Barbour was among the limited total of 6 agents that qualified across Atlantic Canada and the only agent to qualify from Newfoundland.

Travel agents earn their status in ACV & Me based on annual sales with Air Canada Vacations. This honour makes Barbour TPI’s top seller of Air Canada Vacations and also one of their top 50 travel sellers across Canada.

“On behalf of all of TPI, I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Lois on achieving this great honour,” said Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO.

 

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Since its founding in 1994 by Morris Chia, Travel Professionals International (TPI) has been the premier provider of outsourced travel solutions to independent travel advisors and agencies. Backed by a head office support team of fifty highly skilled travel professionals, innovative technological solutions, and excellent supplier relationships, hundreds of TPI advisors across Canada are available to provide full-service travel solutions to leisure and corporate travelers. More information is available at www.tpi.ca. TPI – We’ll Take You There

TPI is a Virtuoso member (www.virtuoso.com) and is a division of the I.A.S. – Independent Agency Services Corp. group of companies. (www.iascorp.ca)

TPI Holds Successful Summit Series Across Canada

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors, held its annual TPI Summit events across Canada, 30 April to 10 May. Taking place in 9 major centers throughout the country, over 300 advisors participated in the Summit events, an increase over 2013.

TPI’s President & CEO, Morris Chia, and TPI’s Vice President, Tim Morgan, traveled across the country to deliver industry and TPI-specific updates emphasizing listening and learning to ensure that needs are consistently met and that TPI always remaining relevant to its advisors’ needs. Chia and Morgan presented a roadmap of TPI’s next 3-6 months which included foundation work on ensuring its systems, products, and services are best-in-class; helping to maintain TPI’s status as the leader in the independent travel advisor segment. Chia and Morgan encouraged the advisors to take part in new national TPI initiatives, such as consumer shows, to increase retention and sales through their existing clientbase. They also outlined the company’s plans for assisting it’s travel advisors in working within the upcoming Canada Anti-Spam Legislation taking effect 1 July 2014. The Ontario TPI Summit was made particularly noteworthy due to the announcement by TPI travel advisor, Sylvia Isaac, and her announcement that after‎ having begun with TPI 5 years prior with no previous travel industry experience that she was retiring from her full-time nursing job to take her TPI business to new heights even though she had already become a member of some of TPI’s top sales levels.

In addition, the Summit included a TPI exclusive 2-hour group travel training session in all 9 cities hosted by Transat Holidays. This year’s Summit series also raised over $1200 for Breakfast Club of Canada and the Sandals Foundation- two charities that TPI proudly supports. TPI Regional Sales Managers, Trudy McMillian (Western Canada), Rhonda LaFosse (Ontario), and Lisa Geddes (Atlantic Canada), hosted best practice group exercises and supplier presentations. Following the daytime events, advisors were able to network with their peers along with supplier representatives during a cocktail and trade show event plus take part in an exclusive reception for TPI’s top producing advisors.

 

2014 TPI Summit dates and locations:

30 April – Winnipeg, MB

1 May – Regina, SK

2 May – Edmonton, AB

3 May – Calgary, AB

5 May – Vancouver, BC

7 May – Ottawa, ON

8 May – Toronto, ON

9 May – St. John’s, NL

10 May – Halifax, NS

 

The 2014 TPI Summit events were generously sponsored by this year’s Presenting Partner, Transat Holidays, and Platinum Partner, WestJet Vacations, among other preferred partner participants.

 

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Since its founding in 1994 by Morris Chia, Travel Professionals International (TPI) has been the premier provider of outsourced travel solutions to independent travel advisors and agencies. Backed by a head office support team of over forty highly skilled travel professionals, innovative technological solutions, and excellent supplier relationships, hundreds of TPI advisors across Canada are available to provide full-service travel solutions to leisure and corporate travelers. More information is available at . TPI – We’ll Take You There

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TPI Advisor Recognized by Air Canada Vacations

August 14, 2014

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors, proudly announces that one of its advisors, Lois Barbour, of St. John’s, NL, has achieved Silver Status within the Air Canada Vacations ACV & Me program recognizing travel agent loyalty. Barbour was among the limited total of 6 agents that qualified across Atlantic Canada and the only agent to qualify from Newfoundland.

Travel agents earn their status in ACV & Me based on annual sales with Air Canada Vacations. This honour makes Barbour TPI’s top seller of Air Canada Vacations and also one of their top 50 travel sellers across Canada.

“On behalf of all of TPI, I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Lois on achieving this great honour,” said Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO.

TPI Holds Successful Summit Series Across Canada

August 14, 2014

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors, held its annual TPI Summit events across Canada, 30 April to 10 May. Taking place in 9 major centers throughout the country, over 300 advisors participated in the Summit events, an increase over 2013.

TPI’s President & CEO, Morris Chia, and TPI’s Vice President, Tim Morgan, traveled across the country to deliver industry and TPI-specific updates emphasizing listening and learning to ensure that needs are consistently met and that TPI always remaining relevant to its advisors’ needs. Chia and Morgan presented a roadmap of TPI’s next 3-6 months which included foundation work on ensuring its systems, products, and services are best-in-class; helping to maintain TPI’s status as the leader in the independent travel advisor segment. Chia and Morgan encouraged the advisors to take part in new national TPI initiatives, such as consumer shows, to increase retention and sales through their existing clientbase. They also outlined the company’s plans for assisting it’s travel advisors in working within the upcoming Canada Anti-Spam Legislation taking effect 1 July 2014. The Ontario TPI Summit was made particularly noteworthy due to the announcement by TPI travel advisor, Sylvia Isaac, and her announcement that after‎ having begun with TPI 5 years prior with no previous travel industry experience that she was retiring from her full-time nursing job to take her TPI business to new heights even though she had already become a member of some of TPI’s top sales levels.

In addition, the Summit included a TPI exclusive 2-hour group travel training session in all 9 cities hosted by Transat Holidays. This year’s Summit series also raised over $1200 for Breakfast Club of Canada and the Sandals Foundation- two charities that TPI proudly supports. TPI Regional Sales Managers, Trudy McMillian (Western Canada), Rhonda LaFosse (Ontario), and Lisa Geddes (Atlantic Canada), hosted best practice group exercises and supplier presentations. Following the daytime events, advisors were able to network with their peers along with supplier representatives during a cocktail and trade show event plus take part in an exclusive reception for TPI’s top producing advisors.

2014 TPI Summit dates and locations:

  • 30 April – Winnipeg, MB
  • 1 May – Regina, SK
  • 2 May – Edmonton, AB
  • 3 May – Calgary, AB
  • 5 May – Vancouver, BC
  • 7 May – Ottawa, ON
  • 8 May – Toronto, ON
  • 9 May – St. John’s, NL
  • 10 May – Halifax, NS

The 2014 TPI Summit events were generously sponsored by this year’s Presenting Partner, Transat Holidays, and Platinum Partner, WestJet Vacations, among other preferred partner participants.