Robert Simonson, an analyst with William Blair & Co., told travel agents at THETRADESHOW that cruise lines will not eliminate or drastically reduce agency commissions because of the important role agents play. Cruise lines need agents, Simonson said, because agents find prospects even during tough times. Simonson and World Leisure Partners Chairman and CEO Adam Aron discussed the financial situation of cruise lines and the importance of agents to the cruise industry.

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