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TravelCube launches new promotion as cruise travel grows

Although the majority of the world’s passengers come from North America, 1.7 million hail from the UK and Ireland according to research by the Cruise Lines International Association.

Online booking site TravelCube has launched a new promotion to help retail travel agents book hotels, transfers, sightseeing and more for cruise passengers. A dedicated microsite, travelcube.com/cruise, will help the industry serve demand that has increased 77% to 21.3 million passengers.

Although the majority of the world’s passengers come from North America, 1.7 million hail from the UK and Ireland according to research by the Cruise Lines International Association. The average length of a cruise is seven days with three to four port calls, giving plenty of opportunity for agents to recommend attractions, tours and experiences to passengers. With many cruise packages booked far in advance, TravelCube has secured room availability until 2016 or beyond.

“TravelCube gives agents accommodation options before and after the cruise, tour guide and transfer services, unique experiences, excursions and attraction tickets too. All can be booked in the same place, easily helping agents to upsell and offer excellent customer service,” says Paul Hewer, Head of Sales for TravelCube UK & Ireland.

Piloting in the UK initially, the website is expected to be a major success and will be rolled out elsewhere in the future. It will be supported by an email campaign focusing on ports in Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East.

Agents can earn commission on every part of their pre- and post-cruise booking with Travel Cube from hotels and transfers to airport lounges and sightseeing. Excellent cancellation policies and online booking amendments are enhanced by unrivalled customer support during the trip.

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