Agents hope other cruise lines will follow Regent's lead

01/15/2009 | Travel Weekly

At the top producers meeting of Regent Seven Seas, travel agents pondered whether other cruise lines will adopt Regent's position on paying commissions on government fees, taxes, port charges and included shore excursions. "If they can shift market share as a result of this, the effect could be that other cruise lines may follow suit," said Howard Moses, president of the Cruise Authority. "It would be the pendulum swinging back to how it used to be with commissions. The [noncommissionable fees] made a lot of cruise-only agencies jump into selling land tours."

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