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TPI Launches 15th Anniversary Celebrations
05/12/2009 - Travel Professionals International

WINNIPEG, CANADA – Travel Professionals International (TPI), Canada’s largest network of independent travel consultants, today announces the official kick-off of its 15th anniversary celebrations.

Started in Winnipeg in 1994 by Morris Chia, TPI has since grown from a small operation into the largest of its kind in Canada – at over 700 Associates and counting in addition to a head office support team of nearly 50 people.

“TPI started as a result of my love for the travel business,” said Chia, TPI’s Chairman. Having not previously been involved in the travel industry, Chia set out to build a business model to accommodate independent travel consultants that was focused heavily on training and supplier relationships in order to achieve a viable and respected operation.

“I actually remember the first time I met Morris Chia… we sat down and had a very serious meeting about what he planned to do – to open a travel agency with home-based consultants across the country,” said Pat Rachey, Western Canada General Manager for Signature Vacations, and one of the first suppliers to sign an agreement with TPI. “We did work out a very good agreement and I’m so pleased that we did at the time. We’ve gone through many, many years together and the partnership just keeps growing and keeps getting stronger. […] We did look a little bit outside the box and joined them on their adventure to success.”

Celebrations are planned for fifteen months – running the course of May 2009 to July 2010, and include special incentives and prizes each month for TPI’s main business partners – staff, suppliers/partners, associates, and consumers, respectively. Partnering with TPI for each month throughout the campaign are TPI preferred partners, including anniversary kick-off partners Sunquest, Holiday Network, Encore CruiseEscapes, ALBATours, Intair, and FunSun Vacations, for the months of May and June 2009.

The 15th anniversary celebration was announced before over 120 associates, staff, and preferred partners at TPI’s annual conference currently taking place aboard the Carnival Splendor, as well as over 120 associates and staff taking part in TPI’s live online edition of the annual conference. Concurrently released was a video telling the story of TPI as well as sending well-wishes from preferred partners and team members: http://www.tpi.ca/fifteenth.asp.

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For over fifteen years, Travel Professionals International (TPI) has been the premier provider of outsourced travel solutions to 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 www.tpi.ca. TPI - We'll Take You There