Morris Chia created a hosting company for small travel storefronts called Travel Professionals International (TPI) in late 1994, just as the internet was becoming known. Shortly after opening, TPI also started hosting home-based agents and remote agency teams as the internet's innovation changed how travel agencies could operate.
Being affiliated with a TPI perfectly fit Jaime's dreams of operating Magical Trips when opening in 2009 and still now, over a decade later. TPI allowed smaller firms like Magical Trips, who want to keep operating costs low and control most of their operations while receiving the benefits of a large travel agency group. The benefits of being affiliated with TPI include a backend support team of over 50 travel professionals, along with the ability to pool sales with over 900 other agents to receive increased supplier support and traveller perks.
TPI-affiliated businesses receive immediate and international recognition through TPI's appointment with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and affiliations with such industry organizations as the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA), the Association of the Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA), the better Business Bureau (BBB), and have access to provincial license registration under the BC Travel Act and the Travel Industry of Ontario (TICO) councils.
Travel Professionals International is one of the top 20 agencies affiliated with the luxury travel network; Virtuoso. Virtuoso is a network of 20,000 of the world’s most sought-after travel advisors and more than 1,800 elite travel companies, who have exclusive access to support and consumer perks with five-star hotel groups and renowned cruise lines to boutique properties and high-end adventure travel outfitters around the world. Select TPI affiliates were invited to join Virtuoso in 2012, and Magical Trips is honoured to be one of them as it gives our clients access to amazing products around the world.
The Magical Trips Team is recognized as one of the leading groups within the TPI family. Some of the recognizations include Jaime Murphy winning the Rising Star 2010 award, Magical Trips earning Velocity Gold in the first year of business, Velocity Platinum (TPI's top status at the time) in its second year, and Chairman's Circle since the inaugural year in 2012. Chairmans Circle from 2012 to 2016 recognized the top 10 for sales within the network. Since then, it has opened to more agents based on sales levels. Sherry Myles won top referral advisor* in 2018, and Jaime was recognized as Top Team Leader in 2020.
*The members of the Magical Trips Team are considered a team of TPI-affiliated Independent Consultants within the TPI family. Jaime Murphy is the director of Magical Trips Inc. and the team leader of the Magical Trips Team. Team members are known as referral advisors within the TPI network.