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Associates Connect for Success at 2009 TPI Annual Conference
05/21/2009 - Travel Professionals International

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada’s largest network of independent travel consultants, sailed the Pacific Ocean aboard the Carnival Splendor, May 10-17, 2009, for the 2009 TPI Annual Conference, Connect for Success.

Over 120 Associates, industry partners, and TPI staff members took part in the 15th Anniversary kick-off conference that was originally intended to sail from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, but had its itinerary changed to Los Angeles to Victoria and Vancouver in the wake of the recent H1N1 outbreaks.

“While we were disappointed to have H1N1 detour our conference and cause us to miss out on inspecting some beautiful resorts in Mexico, the majority of our agents told us that they wanted to carry on with the new itinerary as they’re committed to the continued education and the further development opportunities that the conference provides for their business,” said Phil Sproul, TPI’s President.

In place of the site inspections in Mexican ports, Associates were able to take part in site inspections in Victoria and Vancouver, including high tea at The Empress Fairmont Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.

Keynote speaker Nolan W. Burris, President and Chief Vision-eer, Visionistics Enterprises, Inc., energized conference attendees throughout the week with his sessions on taking advantage of technology and social media on the internet in order to connect with and sell more effectively to their clients. Agents also had the opportunity to further their industry designations through CLIA, CITC, and Sandals CSS events taking place onboard the cruise.

TPI President, Phil Sproul, updated conference attendees on the year that was for TPI as well as gave insight into the year ahead for the organization. Highlights of Sproul’s discussion included statistics detailing TPI’s continued positive growth despite economic uncertainty and the planned continuation of education and technology as major components of TPI’s innovation and growth over the coming 15th anniversary year of celebrations.

A further contingent of over 120 Associates took part in TPI’s first ever “Land Only Edition” of the annual conference – a live webinar that took place concurrently with the events onboard the ship during the opening day of the at-sea conference and launch of the 15th anniversary celebrations.

Connect for Success was generously sponsored by TPI Preferred Partners, including Sunquest/Holiday Network/Encore CruiseEscapes/ALBATours/Intair/FunSun Vacations, RBC Insurance, Signature Vacations, Transat Holidays, Trafalgar Tours/Insight Vacations/Contiki Holidays, Carnival Cruise Lines, Sandals & Beaches, Royal Caribbean International/Celebrity Cruises/Azamara Cruises, Air Canada Vacations, WestJet Vacations, Holland America, GAP Adventures, Alio, Air Canada, and WestJet, respectively.


For over fifteen years, Travel Professionals International (TPI) has been the premier provider of outsourced travel solutions to independent travel agents and agencies. Backed by a head office support system with over forty highly skilled travel professionals, a world-class reservation system, and excellent supplier relationships, over 700 TPI Associates are ready and available to provide full-service travel solutions. More information is available at TPI - We'll Take You There