Independent agents are shifting to high-end travel

05/16/2014 | Travel Weekly

The National Association of Career Travel Agents says the growth of non-commissionable fees and declining cruise prices are forcing members to shun mainstream cruise products and to seek more profitable segments, such as luxury and river cruises, all-inclusive vacations and FIT packages. Such moves are a "natural progression," said Ann van Leeuwen, NACTA president. The association cited a 2013 ASTA study, which indicated that for NACTA members, cruises declined to 49% of their business last year, compared with 60% in 2010.

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