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TPI Agents Win Big at Sandals, Karisma Awards
02/01/2011 - Travel Professionals International

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada’s largest network of independent travel consultants, is proud to announce that several of its agents were recently recognized for sales achievements with Sandals Resorts and Karisma Hotels & Resorts at award ceremonies taking place in Whitehouse, Jamaica, and Riviera Maya, Mexico, respectively.

At the 9th Annual Travel Agency Recognition S.T.A.R. Awards held at Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa, Sandals Resorts presented the “Top Producing Home Based Travel Agency” in Canada award to Lois Barbour, a 6-year TPI Associate from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Out of the three nominations in the category, TPI held two spots, with Susan Vincent of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, holding the second TPI nomination. TPI was also presented with Sandals’ “Best of the Best” award, given to its top agency groups. According to Sandals, “the prestigious event honored travel agents from across the U.S. and Canada. Top agents were recognized for their outstanding expertise and performance in selling the world’s best Luxury Included® resorts.”

At the 3rd Annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant (GIVC) Awards and Sales & Marketing Forum held at El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort, by Karisma, TPI Associate Kim Crosby, from Victoria, BC, was recognized with the “Top Selling Home Based Agent” award. Crosby also took home awards for “Top Wedding Producer – Azul Hotels”, “Gourmet Inclusive Wedding Consultant”, and “GVIC Diamond Level 3”. TPI Associate Bobbi-Jo Roback, from Langley, BC, was recognized with awards for "Top Producer - Azul Hotels North America", "Gourmet Inclusive Wedding Consultant", and "GVIC Diamond Level 3". Other TPI Associates taking home GIVC awards included: “Diamond Level 2” – Chris Lucas (Winnipeg, MB); and “Diamond Level 1” – Penny Obee (Minden, ON). According to Karisma, “the event was attended by 175 agents from around the world and recognized exemplary travel professionals performing at the top of their classes.”

“We’re extremely proud of the accomplishments of our agents,” said Phil Sproul, TPI President. “We congratulate them on their success and wish them continued growth with two of our preferred partners in Sandals Resorts and Karisma Hotels & Resorts.”


Since its founding in 1994 by Morris Chia, Travel Professionals International (TPI) has been the premier provider of outsourced travel solutions to independent travel consultants and agencies. Backed by a head office support team of over forty highly skilled travel professionals, a world-class reservation system, and excellent supplier relationships, over 800 TPI Associates are available to provide full-service travel solutions to leisure and corporate travelers. More information is available at and TPI - We'll Take You There

TPI is a member of the I.A.S. - Independent Agency Services Corp. group of companies.


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