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
"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%
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.