Travel Professionals International welcomed nearly 400 of its travel advisors and their guests, preferred partners, and TPI Head Office staff, to the company’s historic 20th anniversary annual conference.
The event was held at the Platinum Yucatan Princess and Grand Riviera Princess All-Suites Resorts and Spas, Riviera Maya, Mexico, from Nov. 8 to 15. With a theme of “Stir the Skies," attendees were invited to dream big personally and professionally and to hold steadfastly to those dreams even in the face of adversity. Fifty supplier representatives from 33 preferred partners were also in attendance.
Looking forward, TPI President and CEO Morris Chia outlined the company’s top three priorities for the next 20 months – consumer and advisor engagement, technology development, and taking advantage of industry trends in exclusivity. Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President, dove further in to these three priorities alongside Mark Luimes, TPI Director of Technology, and Joelle Goldman, Virtuoso North Central Regional Director of Global Member Partnerships.
Together, they outlined a calendar for 2015 which includes over 160 in-person advisor or consumer events, focused on increasing advisors’ travel sales, technology enhancements and solutions to maximize advisor efficiency and to take advantage of web-based sales channels, and continuing to utilize value-added amenities exclusive to Virtuoso members to drive consumer retention and referrals.