CLIA released the first of what it says will be quarterly research studies "designed to forecast trends in the cruise industry among the travel agent community."

The 12-page document is titled the "Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook Report." CLIA said it was compiled at the end of 2015.

"Our travel agent community is on the front line with consumers, which is why we felt it was important for us to create this quarterly Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook to aggregate and track their insights,” said Cindy D'Aoust, CLIA's acting CEO.

One finding was that 43% of agents expect sales volume from cruises to be up 10% or more from 2015. Another 21.5% envisioned sales increasing 6% to 10%, while 19% expected sales to rise 1% to 5%. 

About 12% of agencies expect flat sales, with 4.1% expecting decreases.

Another question asked which segments were experiencing the greatest increases in booking. Ocean cruises led the field with 36.3%, followed by river cruises with 28.2% and all-inclusive land resorts at 22.6%. Agents reported the biggest booking declines in house rentals, non-packaged resorts and escorted land tours, with retreats of 19.8%, 18.2% and 18.2% respectively.

CLIA did not include information on the methodology of its research in the report.

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