Travel Ventures International, TVI Express Facts, News and Reviews

by louabbott on October 20, 2009

Travel Ventures International is a leading multinational conglomerate headquartered in London, United Kingdom. TVI Express is a dynamic company dedicated to bringing today’s lifestyle-conscious consumers the most superior travel and hospitality products & services, as well as providing a unique opportunity to promote TVI Express through Independent Distributorships.

Founded: 2009

Founder: Tarun Trikha

Open in: Over 50 countries as of 10/2009

Products: travel and hospitality products & services

Cost to join: $250 USD – “no monthly payment. Your one-time payment to join TVI Express entitles you to have lifetime access to our upcoming promotional deals, programs and campaigns.”  The company also allows a person to re-enter as many times as they wish.

TVI Express company site: www.tviexpress.com

TVI Comp Plan: Binary

Travel Ventures International
Marble Arch Tower
55 Bryanston Street
London, W1H 7AJ
United Kingdom
Company email : info@tviexpress.com
Support email   : support@tviexpress.com
For any complaints, or to report abuse, please email us at ceo@tviexpress.com
Phone: +44-2032899918

Editor’s opinion:

This looks like a classic example of pyramid scheme trying to look like a legitimate MLM – virtually all of the revenues are coming from signing up new participants and commissions are paid out of the $250 for the price to join.  This is more blatant than what YTB Travel was/is being legally attacked for.

For more on the difference between illegal pyramid schemes and good multilevel marketing companies, see: MLM or Pyramid Scheme?

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angela de amor April 16, 2012 at 11:14 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Mr. Chang, says that Lufthansa and some other companies have filed suits agaisnt TVI for falsely claiming to be partners of these companies according to a Spanish Newspaper…well suing is different from having a decision from the courts to that effect…moreover, Mr. Chang’s knowledge is hearsay not personal…in the Philippines, TVI express is registered with our Securities and Exchange Commission…it is an e-commerce venture where we invest a reasonable amount for lifetime membership and can immediately avail 3 to 5 star hotel accommodation if we want to travel domestically or abroad even without the movement yet of our money. After buying our membership we can book our free hotels immediately even if we have not sponsored nor invited anyone yet to be a member too. It appears to me that members are given incentive by TVI in form of bonus which may be like an agent’s commission for inviting people to buy vouchers by becoming members. The more members are registered, the greater is the chance for a higher commission for each existing member. No one gets behind because new member push existing members to that level where they get paid. Its a teamwork where everyone gets to exit the highest level from one board to the second board then back again in a revolving matrix. We have a similar practices in some of our offices where employees put a monthly contribution and each contributing member will take his turn to withdraw an amount equal to the total contribution of the whole group. We call this practice “paluwagan” Of course this is very simple & limited compared to the revolving compensation plan of the TVI matrix. The TVI matrix is amazing because it does not only offer members free hotel bookings but returns our membership fee by thousand folds which is a wise economic plan to share the wealth from the business and not keep everything for its corporate founders.

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Yolanda September 7, 2010 at 12:28 am Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I was very excited about TVI when I joined. I thought, hey, I get a voucher to take a vacation. Well what good is he voucher when the booking portal has been done for who know how long. That’s the reason that stopped recruiting. I would if the voucher was useful because it would be worth it. My up line only cares about the $10K and reselling voucher to new member to make$25.00 off of each new recruit. Fix the portal and I’m back in. Until then naaaa!!!

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K. Chang July 31, 2010 at 3:05 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 4

@Edharris — the problem with your rebuttal is while it is nicely constructed, it is ultimately IRRELEVANT, as it is about travel industry in general. Your argument can be summed up by your sentence

“Do you really believe that large companies such as Travelocity, Avis, Hilton, Sheraton, etc. would be willing to tarnish their reputation by being involved in a scam, scheme, or otherwise an illegal operation? ”

Or restated: “TVI Express is legitimate because no one has tried to dissociate themselves from TVI Express”.

Perhaps you are not aware that Avis, Lufthansa, and Sheraton have SUED TVI Express, for falsely claiming them as “partners”, according to a Spanish newspaper.

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mallorcazeitung.es%2Flokales%2F2010%2F02%2F25%2Fneues-schneeballsystem-mallorca-reichtum-alle%2F16738.html&sl=de&tl=en

That I believe, blows your argument out of the water.

@EmJay07 — I see you decided to spread some of your logical fallacies over here as well. I invite those who want to read EmJay07’s viewpoints to read my rebuttals to his accusations.

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2010/06/critique-of-emjay07s-blog-part-1.html

After all, EmJay07… you are the one who pointed me at Mr. Gerald Nehra, who had this little article, that explains what constitutes a legal MLM in the US of A… and TVI Express fits NONE of the three criteria given.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Top-MLM-Attorney-Explains-why-TVI-Express-is-NOT-legal

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EmJay07 June 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm Thumb up 8 Thumb down 2

Hello Mr. Abbott,

I just the read the Editor Opinion’s section about TVI Express where you have stated that:

“This looks like a classic example of pyramid scheme trying to look like a legitimate MLM – virtually all of the revenues are coming from signing up new participants and commissions are paid out of the $250 for the price to join. This is more blatant than what YTB Travel was/is being legally attacked for.”

I humbly invite you to my blog where I explain as to why TVI Express is NOT a pyramid scheme in detail. You may have a look. The address to blog is:

http://emjay07.blogspot.com/

It’s good to have opinions for those who don’t have one are rather more troublesome. I invite you to read my blog entry on this .. who knows it may just change your opinion.

Regards,

EmJay07

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louabbott June 19, 2010 at 9:06 am Thumb up 1 Thumb down 6

Thanks all of you for your posts. Many opinions are a good thing and, what getting to the ‘whole truth’ often needs.

For everyone, I highly suggest reading this article by MLM attorney, Gerry Nehra, in order to be well informed on legal issues that may affect TVI in at least some jurisdictions:

Coupons, Vouchers, Gift Certificates, and Down Payments in MLM

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EmJay07 June 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm Thumb up 11 Thumb down 1

Mr. Abbott, thank you very much for this post for it’s very informative and to-the-point.

As Mr. Gerry Nehra, (an MLM attorney) concludes in his words:

“So—bottom line—do not design, and do not work, a program where e multilevel commissions flow ONLY FROM the movement of money and BEFORE a product or service is delivered to an end user. When in doubt, consult a direct selling skilled attorney for guidance.”

TVI Express business model is in compliance with the MLM laws since one doesn’t have to get additional members in order to be able to use product. You get access to the product instantly and can use the product right after you join. You can use their discount club, avail free 7N8D package even if you haven’t brought in any people. The voucher ensures your position with the company while the booking certificate confirms your booking (without any hidden terms or conditions) One can do instant bookings by themselves in their member account… Great, isnt it?

So, the product eligibility isn’t based on e-multilevel movement of money. As per Mr. Gerry Nehra’s explanation on MLM laws, TVI Express doesn’t qualify to be a pyramid scheme and is very legitimate business.

Thank you again for posting this link!Mr. Abbott, thank you very much for this post for it’s very informative and to-the-point.

As Mr. Gerry Nehra, (an MLM attorney) concludes in his words:

“So—bottom line—do not design, and do not work, a program where e multilevel commissions flow ONLY FROM the movement of money and BEFORE a product or service is delivered to an end user. When in doubt, consult a direct selling skilled attorney for guidance.”

TVI Express business model is in compliance with the MLM laws since one doesn’t have to get additional members in order to be able to use product. You get access to the product instantly and can use the product right after you join. You can use their discount club, avail free 7N8D package even if you haven’t brought in any people. The voucher ensures your position with the company while the booking certificate confirms your booking (without any hidden terms or conditions) One can do instant bookings by themselves in their member account… Great, isnt it?

So, the product eligibility isn’t based on e-multilevel movement of money. As per Mr. Gerry Nehra’s explanation on MLM laws, TVI Express doesn’t qualify to be a pyramid scheme and is very legitimate business.

Thank you again for posting this link!

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K. Chang July 31, 2010 at 3:21 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 3

EmJay07 has engaged in a strawman defense. He claims that because TVI Express does not fit ONE TINY PORTION of pyramid scheme definition (namely, the voucher and commission system), TVI Express is NOT a pyramid.

However, one must consider… WHO IS THE END USER? In TVI Express the “end user” are the members. Everything is sold from TVI Express to members. What does the members sell? Membership.

Mr. Nehra wrote in the article himself: “Multilevel compensation, to be legal, MUST be based on completed sales of products or services to end user consumers.”

No end user consumers, no multilevel compensation, no legal commission.

Which makes EmJay07’s claim completely moot.

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Phyllis Baker May 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm Thumb up 13 Thumb down 3

I am a member of tvi and I love the company and their compensation plan and I intend helping others to help themselves especially here in South Africa where so many people do not have a proper home to live in and I will fight to the bitter end to support this company and the fact that here we have a compensation plan that we can enroll people with our earned Vouchers. My fellow members and I have pledged to give back to our Society to buy homes for the disadvantaged. Long live TVIexpress

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K. Chang August 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 3

Just remember, 200+ people have contributed their $250 so you can have your $10000. By TVI Express’s own description, 99.5% of TVI Express members will be losers (take about 210 persons to cycle one person out of traveler board AND express board). Giving to charity may assuage your conscience, but won’t help you in court, or make TVI Express any more legitimate.

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Tomcon January 24, 2010 at 12:55 am Thumb up 11 Thumb down 1

I would like to congratulate edharris for one of the most comprehensive TVI scam rebuttals I have read.
Well done and yes…if only people would conduct fair and balanced research into all aspects of the opportunity.
I must say Mr. Editor, it is extremely disappointing that someone such as you, who has positioned themselves to be a source of reliable information for the industry can be so irresponsible as to pass judgment on an opportunity without (by your own admission above) having all the facts and/or details at hand.
TVI is a legitimate organization that will become a household name in internet travel worldwide while offering highly rewarding compensation to those who are willing and able to assist in growing it’s market share.

Congratulations to all those involved and do not allow the negativity to hinder your progress.

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louabbott January 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm Thumb up 4 Thumb down 11

Hello Tomcom and edharris,

I appreciate comments always and always welcome balancing views.

Ed made a great post about the size and legitimacy of the travel industry and travel websites. However, that is absolutely irrelevant as to whether TVI has an MLM program that will stand legal scrutiny in all jurisdictions.

There are many requirements for a company to be legal, largest of which is that there are real products that are retailable and actually are being retailed to end consumers. If all commissions are paid based on money that is being paid by other opportunity seekers as they join (or in this case, buy a membership), there is a good chance that the program will be closed down sooner or later. See YTB’s legal challenges that are making them change their whole model.

I was also interested in this quote from the TVI FAQ page: “You don’t need to sell any products.” Worrisome.

Also, I have been told that what you get for your $250 “6 Night / 7 Day stay at a 3-5 Star property anywhere in the world, and a Free Domestic Companion Air Fare” is delivered in the form of vouchers. Is that true or false information?

I would still appreciate a response to my request for the TVI Express comp plan and a document or URL that describes exactly what you get for your 250 USD. Is there a reason why that information is not readily and publicly available?

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EmJay07 June 19, 2010 at 7:11 am Thumb up 11 Thumb down 1

Hello Mr. Abbott

You sure can enlighten yourself by going to TVI Express website. Click on Announcements and you will see what one gets for a mere cost of USD 250

FYKI, TVI Express has extended the vacation duration by one night and one day complimenting it to be a week-long vacation with your family with an allowed occupancy of up to 6 people (depending upon the hotel and accommodation you choose).

Members have been and are delightfully redeeming certificates and enjoying vacations in any of the 3-5 star 6,000 hotels/resorts listed in their inventory (as per their choice) and TVI Express is adding more hotels/resorts to this inventory and will keep adding more as they grow!

Now, yes, they do have a real product and what more can one expect for in exchange for USD 250 today?

Their business model is a unique and revolutionary conglomeration of a great business opportunity and luxury which comes to you at a negligible price!

TVI Express is a great and legit. business opportunity and one must do their due diligence before making falsified comments on its legitimacy.

Thanks!

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K. Chang July 31, 2010 at 3:30 pm Thumb up 3 Thumb down 3

EmJay07 must have selective memory or vision. Nowhere did TVI Express provide a list of 6000 hotels available. The first list published have 11 (all in India). A later list added about two dozen more, all in India and Indonesia and surrounding area. Altogether, less than 100 hotels, NOT around the world. What happened to “6000”?

And latest TVI Express revision to their offer RETRACTED their extra day offer, the offer to add more people to the rooms, and you have to deposit money straight into their bank account, for that extra $150 fee you need to pay for redeem (which EmJay07 neglected to mention!)

http://www.tviexpress.com/announcement1.php?id=93

Even the certificate border was pirated off another website!

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2010/06/tvi-express-certificate-for-7-day-6.html

And they’ve gone ahead and stole a picture of President Obama (by Alex Ross, “Obamaman”) for their “convention”!

http://kschang.blogspot.com/2010/07/tvi-express-stole-another-image.html

TVI Express: NOT as legitimate as its supporters want you to think

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K. Chang August 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm Thumb up 2 Thumb down 3

To read EmJay07’s message is like talking to a schizophrenic, because he can’t even keep his own story straight.

Did EmJay07 mention that you need now to pay $150 in order to redeem that eCerficate you get when you pay the $250 + fees? Nope.

“There is a fixed charge of USD 150/per booking which goes towards the taxes + processing charges and as per the booking terms & conditions, has to be borne by the member.” — http://www.tviexpress.com/announcement1.php?id=85

EmJay07 insists that those are “processing fees and taxes”, and thus the trip still cost $250, or $150. He can’t seem to make up his own mind.

“The charge of USD 150 is no shocker since TVI Express has always maintained that taxes and processing charges will be borne by the members in the package Terms & Conditions and members are happily availing these vouchers. Anyway, a great luxurious vacation in a 3-5 star hotel/resort for a cost of mere USD 150!”

— EmJay07, as posted in comments of http://kschang.blogspot.com/2010/06/tvi-express-announced-they-are-charging.html

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edharris January 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm Thumb up 18 Thumb down 3

Mr. Editor,
Research Determines the Real Story

All we can do is ask people to do their own research, as we did, and Form their own opinions, as we did.
The first question I asked myself was “How does Travelocity.com make money?” and that lead to the same question regarding Orbitz.com, Expidea.com, Hotels.com, Priceline.com, Sam’s Club travel, American Express Travel, AAA travel, all of which have Travel web pages as well. But none of them pay me a commission when I book travel, or when I buy anything else from them.

What we found when we did the research was this:
1) Travel web sites are paid commissions from the sale of rooms booked, cars rented, flights booked, cruises booked, and attractions booked. (Avis, Hertz, Hilton, Disney, etc. pays the commission to the company that was used to book the travel related item.)
2) In the Travel Industry especially on the web, they use the term “Inclusion”. When a Travel Company has enough clout, exposure, or web traffic they can basically leverage that volume of traffic and sell “INCLUSION” on the site for an annual fee. For example: Expedia is currently the #1 travel booking engine on the web, and because their web traffic is so great they tell Avis, Hertz, Hilton, American Airlines, etc. “they will include them on the Expedia site for an annual fee” which equals LEVERAGE. Note: When I was traveling a lot I always found some booking sites that didn’t include some airlines, rental car companies, or hotels, that I knew existed. I’m sure you may have experienced the same thing when you’ve traveled, this was due to “INCLUSION”.

These are two very significant ways that Travel sites make money for their web based products or services. I’ll help you out; follow the link below to examine a commission structure partner agreement that companies sign if they want to be a partner with Travelocity, World Choice Travel, and Sabre Travel.

http://www.wctravel.com/corp/compensation.html

• When you look at this web page you will find like we did that there a quite a number of similarities between the TVIexpress Travel Express pages and what this site offers it’s partners.
(We want to be clear, we don’t know for a fact that TVIexpress signed this specific agreement, or even one like it, but the evidence is there.)
• Based on the similarities of all the icons and layout of every page it is a safe assumption that this is the case.
(Look for yourself, and come to your own conclusions).
• Couple that with TVIexpress advertizing their partnership with Travelocity, World Choice Travel, and Sabre Travel, this adds more credence to our assumption. http://www.wctravel.com

Note:
1) To book travel on Samsclub.com/travel you must be a member of Sam’s Club
2) To book travel with AAA you must be a member
3) To book travel with American Express you must have an AmerEx Card or membership by any other words.

$14 million dollars is spent every 60 seconds worldwide in the Travel industry.

Research this, as we have done, go to Alexa.com and get a measure of the network traffic on any web page you want to enter. Then see how they compare to TVIexpress.com
According to Alexa.com
1. Expedia is currently the #1 Travel site in North America
a. Expedia is ranked 126 for the web sites popularity out of all web sites in the USA.
b. Expedia is ranked 436 for the web sites popularity out of all web sites world wide.
2. Orbitz is currently the #2 Travel site in North America
a. Orbitz is ranked 211 for the web sites popularity out of all web sites in the USA.
b. Orbitz is ranked 825 for the web sites popularity out of all web sites world wide.
3. Travelocity is currently the #3 Travel site in North America.
a. Travelocity is ranked 236 for the web sites popularity out of all web sites in the USA.
b. Travelocity is ranked 916 for the web sites popularity out of all web sites world wide.
4. TVIexpress is currently not in the top 100 Travel sites but moving up.
a. TVIexpress is ranked 1,828 for the web sites popularity out of all web sites in the USA.
b. TVIexpress is ranked 5,349 for the web sites popularity out of all web sites world wide.
c. But gaining popularity by an astonishing rate of approx 22% in the last 3 month period.

Travelocity wants to be #1 I’m sure, but would be perfectly fine if TVIexpress takes that role, after all when TVIexpress wins so does Travelocity.

Ask yourself this: Do you really believe that large companies such as Travelocity, Avis, Hilton, Sheraton, etc. would be willing to tarnish their reputation by being involved in a scam, scheme, or otherwise an illegal operation?

Ask yourself this: How are normal Travel Agents Compensated?

Travel agents receive a percentage of the commissions for the travel purchased from travel suppliers, except for airlines who no longer offer commissions. The commissions are shared with the hosting travel agency.
Here’s a summary of ways an agent is compensated:
• Training and accreditation as a professional independent travel agent
• Official independent travel agent photo credentials
• Toll-free security verification – to confirm your professional status
• Specially negotiated travel offers and discounts available only to independent travel agents
• Commissions on your own business and leisure travel
• Commissions on the travel of your friends, family, co-workers and others

So TVIexpress is not much different, except we don’t book travel for anyone, they book their own, and we don’t have to be licensed or bonded to be in business.

Conclusion:
TVI express is a new company (started in Feb 2009) that has taken an approach to their business unheard-of prior. They have combined the power of Network Marketing, with the multi-Billion dollar Travel Industry with a partnership with Travelocity. TVIexpress’ goal is to be the #1 provider of Travel related services in the World, and is well on their way. They are currently in 150 countries around the world and have over 1,000,000 distributors worldwide, and are growing at an incredible rate. For TVIexpress this is about market share, leverage, and building name recognition in the Travel Industry, all of which translate to increased revenue. TVIexpress pays 72% of every revenue dollar back to the members as commission. And you don’t have to be a Travel Agent to receive these commissions; all you have to be is a TVIexpress member. A life time membership costs $275. You receive a 6 Night / 7 Day stay at a 3-5 Star property anywhere in the world, and a Free Domestic Companion Air Fare. All you need to pay are the taxes.

Corporate Info:
Travel Ventures International is the parent company with headquarters in the United Kingdom, Bangalore, and with financial centers in Cyprus.
The addresses are as follows:
1) Lakeside House,1 Furzeground Way, Stockley Park, Heathrow, UB11 1BD, United Kingdom
If you still have doubts Call: +44.2033843830

2) Louki Akrita, 14, Agia Zoni, P.C. 3030, Limassol, Cyprus

3) First Floor, Hara House, No.1 GAT Street, Hosur Main Road, Wilson Garden, Bangalore – 560027, India

TVI looks and feels legit by all measures I have been able to use.
Regards,
Ed

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K. Chang August 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm Thumb up 1 Thumb down 3

Times has changed quite a bit since January 2010. New information has emerged that affects legitimacy of TVI Express.

1) TVI Express claims to be headquartered in London, UK (see their About us webpage). yet the only address listed above by Mr. EH is in the suburbs (15.6 miles from downtown London, according to Google Maps), being in city of Uxbridge, NOT London.

However, that’s not the “bombshell”, as the Brits would say. According to Google Maps and Thomson Business search, there are OVER A DOZEN businesses at that EXACT SAME ADDRESS. No suite number, no room number, no floor number. The only logical conclusion is “virtual office”. See for yourself

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1%20Furzeground%20Way%2C%20Stockley%20Park%2C%20heathrow%2C%20UB%2011%201BD%2C%20UK&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl

And the phone number means nothing, since entire Europe offers VOIP call forwarding. Your number can be in one place, but your calls are answered somewhere else entirely.

They *say* they are in London when they are NOT.
Even where they claim to be is very likely a fake location.
And they are NOT a registered business in UK at all.

2) About the Cyprus address… Ever wonder why there is NO phone number there? Simple. It only exists on paper. It is a virtual office. THREE OTHER businesses share the EXACT SAME ADDRESS. It is, in Cyprus law, an “offshore company” that only exists on paper.

Keep in mind that in TVI Express disclaimer, they claim to be only subject to Cyprus and Indian law. So their LEGAL HQ is NOT in UK at all.

For those of you who remember Osama Bin Laden… did you know that Cyprus is where Al Qaeda used to launder their money? Did you know that Al Qaeda owns several ships through front companies established on Cyprus?

How about the fact that Cyprus is like Korean peninsula: cut in two, with two governments? (The Greek half and the Turkish half)

3) Guess that leaves India, but would you have gotten all this by reading their website? Not at all. Deliberate deception? Probably not. But “neglect to mention”? Absolutely.

Are all of the above irrelevant? TVI Express supporters will claim so. Ask them why are all that irrelevant.

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raymond m. agbisit November 18, 2009 at 10:53 am Thumb up 11 Thumb down 4

Hello Mr. Editor,

How can you say that TVI is a Pyramid? Your definition of a pyramid is that you earn from recruiting people.. there are no products/services sold. Given this definition I firmly believe that TVI is not a Pyramid scheme why because based on their revolving matrix complan you are just required to sponsor two people who will buy the 7day/6night package.. I who sponsored does not earn anything by sponsoring the two (2) person. Pyramid????? How do I earn ? I earn only if I exit thru the travellers and express board room. I dont earn anything from sponsoring people… Before writing your comments please get your facts right.. OK…

Another fact about TVI – does it add value.. where in the world can you get a 7 day/6 night 3-5 star accommodation for only $250… isnt this value for your money.. If this is a pyramid people who join do not get value for their money..

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louabbott November 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm Thumb up 4 Thumb down 12

Thanks for your comment, Raymond.

I always like to have accurate facts. Perhaps I misunderstood what one received in exchange for the $250 sign up fee.

If you have a URL or document that explains that, please get it to me here.

Also, a copy of the comp plan would help me to see where the commissions are coming from. Is it from the sale of travel? Or is it from the $250 enrollment fee?

The fact that you earn nothing for sponsoring two people who buy a “7day/6night package” is another matter worthy of comment when talking about virtues of a comp plan.

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edharris January 15, 2010 at 10:06 am Thumb up 12 Thumb down 5

Just scroll to the bottom of the page you will see the what your membership entitles you to.
Ed

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