Cruise Plus by Travel 2 is strengthening its position as being one of the leading experts in the cruise market by joining industry body CLIA.
The Cruise Lines International Association leverages its relationships with cruise lines, partners and the travel community ensuring Cruise Plus by Travel 2 benefits from the latest resources, training and access to 4,100 UK travel agents looking to expand their selling potential within the cruise industry. Now in its fifth year, Cruise Plus by Travel 2 continues to go from strength to strength reporting overall sales up by 30 per cent year on year, a strengthened sales team up from four to 20 and growing the numbers of suppliers from just nine to over 30.
South America, South East Asia and European cruise departures continue to lead the charge with Cruise Plus by Travel 2 sales up by 145 per cent, 35 per cent and 32 per cent respectively to these destinations.
In response to a 15 per cent increase in cruise passengers travelling with the trade only specialist year on year, Cruise Plus by Travel 2 is launching its first dedicated river cruise mini brochure. Appearing in April, the new sales tool features cruises to Europe, Canada, Africa, South America, USA and Asia within 16 itineraries.
Lisa McAuley, managing director – dnata Travel B2B Europe comments:
“The year on year growth figures for our Cruise Plus product speak for themselves. It is a huge success story for our business and one we want to continue to invest in and grow. Every business decision is made first and foremost for our agent partners and having a dedicated river cruising sales tool plus the new partnership with CLIA is not only the next step in terms of growth but also cements our position as one of the leading agent operators in cruising.”
The new CLIA partnership sees Travel 2 grab the exclusive headline tour operator sponsor slot at the annual CLIA Conference in May.
Cruise Plus by Travel 2 offers agents an holistic approach for tailor-making a holiday for their clients. Building on the tour operator’s well established expertise and commercial relationships with airlines, cruise lines, hotels and touring products, agents can build an end-to-end holiday to suit their customers’ wildest dreams. Agents can rest assured that the entire itinerary is protected under Travel 2’s ATOL and ABTA and that as a wholly trade-focussed business, they will not be undercut.
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