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TPI among Virtuoso’s top winners at annual Travel Week TPI Kicks Off 2019 Virtuoso Travel Week with a Bang!


LAS VEGAS — Virtuoso’s top members were honoured at its 31st annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, where over 3,000 of travel’s biggest names took part in week-long celebrations.

Taking place from Aug. 10-16 at Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa, the event was hosted by Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch, Senior Vice President of Marketing Terrie Hansen, and Senior Vice President of Global Member Partnerships David Kolner.

To determine this year’s winners, partners were asked to vote for agencies and advisors, after which travel agency members selected the victorious partners. Thousands of votes were cast, showing a high level of engagement.

“I’m always impressed and inspired by how our members and partners constantly innovate to deliver unforgettable travel experiences to their clients,” said Upchurch. “It’s appropriate that we honour our most remarkable Virtuosos on the final night of our annual ‘family reunion’, when we’ve celebrated an incredible week of forging human connections.”

Among this year’s winners is Travel Professionals International (TPI), which was awarded coveted 2019 Top Air Year-Over-Year Percentage Growth – Member Agency. According to Colton Chia, Director of Partnerships who accepted the award, the honour is especially significant as only a small fraction of the network’s 20,000 advisors and 1,000-plus travel agency members are recognized at Virtuoso Travel Week.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Virtuoso for our advisors’ increase in air production,” said Chia. “Virtuoso Air is an important addition to our direct contracts, providing leading commission levels for growing markets.”

David Kolner, senior vice president, Global Member Partnerships at Virtuoso, added: “This network is always working to ensure the client experience is elevated to the next level, and Virtuoso members such as TPI deserve credit for their efforts in ensuring this happens.”

TPI advisor Kelly Krill also took home 3rd place in the Virtuoso Travel Photo Contest for her image, ‘Wild Orangutan Getting Fruit’. Her photo was featured in the Virtuoso gallery at the Bellagio throughout the week.

Published on Travel Week News on August 16, 2019

TPI celebrates 25th anniversary with double-digit growth

Travel Professionals International (TPI) has recognized double-digit growth in sales, commission, and membership as they move into their 26th year of business.

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August 1 marked the new fiscal year for TPI, and the company reports a banner year as they wrap up their 25th year in business.

“Twenty-five years ago, I started this journey to create a place for entrepreneur minded advisors to call home and provide them with the support and technology to help them become more successful,” said Morris Chia, executive chairman of TPI. “I am pleased to announce that we have experienced a record-breaking double-digit increase this past fiscal in various segments of our business with a particular growth emphasis on FIT bookings. All forward booking indicators also point towards another solid season ahead. I applaud all the efforts of our TPI Advisors and thank them for all their hard work and passion that they bring to their business. As we move into our twenty-sixth year in business, TPI will continue to focus on what is mostly relevant for our advisors – to be more efficient, and to increase their earnings.”

A new chapter

As TPI moves into their new fiscal year, they will continue to forge ahead with programs that allow their advisor’s business to thrive.

With the help of their skilled and dedicated head office team, they are confident that the year ahead will be even more successful than the last. Keep your eye on TPI this year, there will be some incredible opportunities for advisors ahead!

“2019 was a turn-around year for TPI, after 25 years in the business we needed to reinvent the company, to make sure we are fully supporting our advisors,” said Zeina Gedeon, CEO, TPI. “We will continue to keep our advisors at the forefront for everything we implement, all decisions are made by our advisors for our advisors. Each execution is carefully matched with the thought of how this would enrich our advisor’s business. To ensure we see continued growth, the key is to focus not only on innovation but synergy and communication with our advisors.”

Published in PAX News on August 7th, 2019