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Bruce Poon Tip to Keynote TPI Annual Conference

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22 July 2015

Bruce Poon Tip to Keynote TPI Annual Conference

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors and agencies, is pleased to announce that Bruce Poon Tip, Founder of G Adventures, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 TPI Annual Conference, taking place at the Melia Marina Varadero, Cuba, 16-19 November 2015.

“It’s our great honour to have Bruce join us for our annual conference,” exclaimed Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO. “Bruce has been a leading entrepreneur in the international travel marketplace for many years and as the owner of a fellow proudly Canadian company it’s my distinct pleasure to have him share his vast experience in business and social consciousness with our network of independent owners.”

Over 200 TPI travel advisors, guests, staff, and travel partners will gather in Cuba for the 2015 TPI Annual Conference which is set to include site inspections, networking opportunities, training workshops, excursions, and much more.

“I’m really looking forward to sharing with TPI the importance of social innovation and understanding how the sharing economy is revolutionizing our industry and customers,” said Bruce Poon Tip, Founder, G Adventures. “TPI is a great example of how the travel industry must evolve from being an industry of agents to supplying a valued service as travel professionals”.

G Adventures and Bruce Poon Tip have been consistently recognized by many organizations for leadership and outstanding business practices. G Adventures has been named by National Geographic Adventures as the best “Do It All Outfitter” on Earth, and is among the Top 100 Employers and 50 Best Managed Companies. Besides receiving an award as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Bruce has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and has won Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year and has been honoured as Canada’s 100 Leaders of Tomorrow. In Profit magazine, Bruce was featured as one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs in Canada of the last 25 years.  G Adventures has always won one of the great places to work, most engaged work places and the Government of Canada’s Citation for Entrepreneurship.

The 2015 TPI Annual Conference is being presented by TPI and its preferred partners, including Transat Holidays/Nolitours, Melia Hotels & Resorts, and G Adventures, among others.

TPI and Karisma Set to Take Top Travel Advisors to Cancun

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28 May 2015

TPI and Karisma Set to Take Top Travel Advisors to Cancun

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors and agencies, is pleased to announce that its 2015 TPI Velocity trip for top performing travel advisors will take place 20-24 September 2014, in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Nearly 100 travel advisors, guests, and TPI Head Office staff will convene at the El Dorado Royale and Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma for the annual event which celebrates the top three tier levels of TPI’s travel advisor recognition program, Velocity.

“It is our sincere honour to welcome TPI’s top performers to our resorts,” exclaimed Mandy Chomat, VP Sales & Marketing, Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “Our Karisma family is looking forward to pampering these exceptional travel advisors as they enjoy the fruits of their labour.”

Unique to TPI advisors, the industry leading and exclusive Velocity rewards program is designed to recognize and encourage advisors to gain industry designations, participate in TPI and preferred partner functions, and build their businesses through increased revenue – while rewarding them with incentives such as higher commissions and the annual Velocity trip for advisors and their guests, among other perks.

“I’m looking forward to joining our executive team and our top advisors as we celebrate their success together in beautiful surroundings,” said Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President.

The 2015 TPI Velocity Trip is generously sponsored by, TPI preferred partners, Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Air Canada.

 

TPI Advisors Attend Virtuoso Canada Events

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21 May 2015

TPI Advisors Attend Virtuoso Canada Events

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Top 30 Worldwide Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors and agencies, sent 30 advisors and staff to the Virtuoso Symposium events in Toronto (May 12) and Vancouver (May 14) where they networked with many of the world’s leading luxury tour, cruise, and hotel operators during day-time sessions and at the TPI-exclusive cocktail parties in each city.

(Photos attached with captions below.)

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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: TPI Press Releases, pr@tpi.ca, Travel Professionals International (TPI)

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  1. Travel Professionals International (TPI) logo in .JPG format.  (tpi_jpg_color_highres.jpg)
  1. The TPI Difference – a cross-country head office support team of 50 individuals who are solely focused on helping TPI travel advisors grow their business.  (TPI-Staff-Group.jpg)
  1. TPI advisors and staff attend the Virtuoso Toronto Symposium, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, 12 May 2015.  (TPI-Virtuoso-YYZ-Group2015.jpg)
  1. TPI advisors and staff attend the Virtuoso Vancouver Symposium, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, 14 May 2015.  (TPI-Virtuoso-YVR-Group2015.JPG)
  2. TPI advisors and staff attend the Virtuoso Toronto Symposium. (l-r) Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President; Shangri-La Hostess; Anne Barclay, Wanderlust Travel TPI, Oakville, Ontario; Cheryl Bunker, Virtuoso Member Development Managing Director, at the Virtuoso Toronto Symposium, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, 12 May 2015.  (TPI-Virtuoso-YYZ-Group2-2015.jpg)
  3. TPI advisors at the Virtuoso Toronto Symposium, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, 12 May 2015. (l-r) Coco Toth, Hamilton, Ontario; Patricia Miner, Ottawa, Ontario; Natalia Weidner, Milton, Ontario.  (TPI-Virtuoso-YYZ-Group3-2015.jpg)
  4. TPI staff attend the Virtuoso Toronto Symposium, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, 12 May 2015. (l-r) David Kolner, Virtuoso Senior Vice President of Consumer; Barbara Chamberlain-Ritchie, TPI Director of Sales; Rhonda LaFosse, TPI Ontario Regional Sales Manager; Cheryl Bunker, Virtuoso Member Development Managing Director; Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President; Joelle Goldman, Virtuoso North Central Regional Director. (TPI-Virtuoso-YYZ-Group4-2015.jpg)

 

TPI to Hold 2015 Annual Conference in Cuba

Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors and agencies, today announces the details of its upcoming 2015 TPI Annual Conference, as the company enters its 21st year in business.

Taking place 16-19 November 2015 in Cuba, at the Melia Marina Varadero, the 2015 TPI Annual Conference is being presented by TPI, Transat Holidays/Nolitours, and Melia Hotels & Resorts.

“The combination of TPI’s long-standing relationship with Transat and Cuba’s popular destination status among Canadians makes this destination an exciting focus for our annual event,” said Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO.

Over 250 travel advisors, guests, staff, and travel partners are expected to converge in Cuba for the annual event which is set to include site inspections, networking opportunities, keynote speakers, training workshops, excursions, and much more.

“TPI has long held a close relationship with our company and we’re thrilled to be hosting this conference alongside our partners at Melia,” exclaimed Denise Heffron, Vice President, National Sales & Commercial, Transat Tours Canada Inc.

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TPI Appoints Western and Eastern Sales Directors

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), a Virtuoso member and Canada’s leading network of independent travel advisors and agencies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Winchester and Barbara Chamberlain-Ritchie as TPI Director of Sales, Western Canada, and TPI Director of Sales, Eastern Canada, respectively, effective immediately.

“Christine and Barbara bring exceptional experience to our existing management team bench strength and they will be key players as we execute on the next phase of regional growth for TPI and our advisors’ individual travel businesses,” said Steve Ruddy, TPI’s newly-appointed COO and SVP Finance.

Winchester had been a TPI advisor for 8 years (7 of those as a Platinum advisor – TPI’s highest production level in its Velocity advisor rewards program) and most recently reached the prestigious TPI Chairman’s Circle for TPI’s top 10 advisors in 2014. Prior to joining TPI, she worked for 13 years at Advantage Travel in Orillia, Ontario, starting as a junior travel agent and progressing to agency manager. In total, she has nearly 23 years of travel industry experience. Winchester is based in Invermere, British Columbia, and can be reached at cwinchester@tpi.ca.

Chamberlain-Ritchie comes to TPI with over 20 years of experience in the Canadian travel industry. She started out as a franchise owner for Cruise Holidays where she grew sales at the London, Ontario, office 6-fold in 18 months. Most recently, she worked with Cruise Holidays as Business Development Manager for North America and then as Manager of Operations and Supplier Relations for Canada. Chamberlain-Ritchie is based in London, Ontario, and can be reached at bchamberlain@tpi.ca.

As TPI’s sales directors, Winchester and Chamberlain-Ritchie are responsible for TPI’s regional efforts in growing its independent advisors’ and agencies’ travel businesses, working closely alongside TPI’s regional sales managers, Trudy McMillan, Rhonda LaFosse, and Lisa Geddes, in Western Canada, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada, respectively

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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: TPI Press Releases, pr@tpi.ca, Travel Professionals International (TPI)

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  1. The TPI Difference – a cross-country head office support team of 50 individuals who are solely focused on helping TPI travel advisors grow their business.  (TPI-Staff-Group.jpg
  1. Christine Winchester, TPI Director of Sales, Western Canada.  (TPI-Winchester1.jpg)
  1. Barbara Chamberlain-Ritchie, TPI Director of Sales, Eastern Canada.  (TPI-ChamberlainRitchie1.jpg)

 

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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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  1. Travel Professionals International (TPI) logo in .JPG format.  (tpi_jpg_color_highres.jpg)
  1. The TPI difference – a cross-country head office support team of over 40 individuals who are solely focused on helping TPI travel advisors grow their business.  (TPI-Staff-Group.jpg)
  1. Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO, addresses the crowd of attendees at the 2014 TPI Annual Conference, Stir the Skies, celebrating TPI’s 20th anniversary.  (TPI20-MorrisChia1.jpg)
  1. Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO, addresses the crowd of attendees at the 2014 TPI Annual Conference, Stir the Skies, celebrating TPI’s 20th anniversary.  (TPI20-MorrisChia2.jpg)
  1. Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President, addresses the crowd of attendees at the 2014 TPI Annual Conference, Stir the Skies, celebrating TPI’s 20th anniversary.  (TPI20-TimMorgan1.jpg)
  1. Gary Sadler, Sandals Senior Vice President of Sales, addresses the crowd of attendees at the 2014 TPI Annual Conference, Stir the Skies, celebrating TPI’s 20th anniversary.  (TPI20-MorrisChiaGarySadler1.jpg)
  1. The crowd of attendees at the 2014 TPI Annual Conference, Stir the Skies, celebrating TPI’s 20th anniversary.  (TPI20-Crowd1.jpg)

 

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 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 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

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