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TPI Joins Virtuoso(r) Luxury Travel Network
10/24/2012 - Travel Professionals International

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada’s largest network of independent travel advisors, today announces its membership in the Virtuoso luxury travel network, comprising the industry’s top leisure travel agencies in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand. TPI’s membership in Virtuoso will bring a host of rare travel opportunities and exclusive values to select TPI Velocity advisors and their clients.

“Less than one percent of travel agencies in North America are admitted for membership in Virtuoso,” said Morris Chia, TPI President & CEO. “This renowned network of luxury travel specialists leverages its combined annual sales of more than US$9.6 billion to negotiate special upgrades, amenities, values and truly rare travel experiences exclusively for the clients of its member agencies. We are very honoured to have been invited to join Virtuoso and now to be able to offer these additional benefits to our advisors and their clients.”

“We are excited to welcome TPI’s select Velocity members into the Virtuoso network,” said Matthew D. Upchurch, CTC, Chairman & CEO of Virtuoso. “We are selective about the agencies we invite to join, and one central tenet shared by all of our members is a commitment to provide personalized service and exceptional experiences for their clientele.”

TPI’s membership in Virtuoso gives its select Velocity advisors – who meet stringent sales quotas in order to qualify for access to the program – reinforced direct relationships with many of the finest hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines and tour operators in the world, as well as an expanded resource of insider destination knowledge and numerous monetary benefits. Virtuoso also provides the services of Virtuoso On-Site ground operators in more than 70 countries, all dedicated to ensuring the happiness and comfort of Virtuoso agencies’ clients. In addition, TPI advisors gain access to the latest in travel product marketing and technology in order to assist them in taking their business success to new heights, including but not limited to Virtuoso’s award-winning marketing and publications and innovative technology platform.

“We feel the Velocity advisors at TPI are a perfect fit for our organization and the assets we’re able to provide our members, from exclusive amenities with tangible value to personal relationships with more than 1,700 of the world’s best travel providers, will translate into better travels for their clients,” said Upchurch.

TPI is in good company within the Virtuoso network. Virtuoso’s travel specialists dominate the annual top-agent lists in Travel+Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and National Geographic Traveler.

“This is truly an exciting next step in TPI’s history as we continue to lead as the home for Canada’s independent travel advisors,” stated Chia. “Combining TPI’s travel advisors with the power of the Virtuoso network will create new revenue opportunities for our advisors and exceptional experiences for their clientele.”

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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 www.tpi.ca and www.tpiworldwide.com. TPI - We'll Take You There

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

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Contact: Tim Morgan, Director, Corporate Development, I.A.S. - Independent Agency Services Corp.
Tel: 1-204-987-3336 Fax: 1-204-987-3338 E-Mail: tmorgan@iascorp.ca