Celebrating 25 Years, TPI Extends A Big Thank You To Partners
with Bruce Parkinson
After 25 years of growth and celebrating its best year ever, TPI welcomed preferred suppliers and other industry leaders to a ‘thank-you’ event on the 43rd -floor of Toronto’s Bisha Hotel.
Director of Supplier Relations Colton Chia told the audience that TPI’s 25th year was its most successful ever, in terms of “top-line, sales growth and recruitment.”
Standing in the audience, the ever-entertaining TPI CEO Zeina Gedeon quipped “You’re welcome,” following Chia’s statement. “They just needed a woman,” Gedeon added.
Chia told TPI key suppliers that the consortium is “strategically working with you to grow our sales” and using improved data to help member agents “find niches and a focus for future growth.”
Chia added: “You chose to support us and we’ll do the same. Partnerships are all about trust, more than just doing business together. We thank you for the exceptional support and experiences you provide and we want to give all of our business to you.”
Transat Chief Distribution Officer and TDC president Joe Adamo with TPI CEO Zeina Gedeo
Rod Hanna, Director, Canada for the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority with Juan Calderon, Corporate Director of Sales, Canada for Palace Resor
Jonathan Sargeant, Sales Manager at Royal Irish Tours with Dana Welch, Manager, Canada at Tourism Ireland.
Rares Dumitru, Sales Director Canada at Rail Europe with George Christakis, Head Of Sales, Canada for Collette.
ACTA Canada President Wendy Paradis is flanked by Derek Lloyd, National Director of Sales, Canada for Norwegian Cruise Line, and Maxine Gundermann, Market Sales Manager, Celebrity Cruises.
Poutine please: ACV’s GM Sales, Ontario and National Erminia Nigro tucks into a poutine bar along with Amanda Morris, Eastern Canada BDM, Playa Hotels & Resorts.
Carolyn Weppler, VP Sales, Goway Canada, (left) with Neil Dudley, BDM, AmaWaterways and Renee Stanton-Defaria, General Manager, Sales, Goway.
Colton Chia, Director of Partnerships, TPI with Sue Webb, President/Owner VoX International.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.