Travel Professionals International | 2014 | August

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

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.