MIAMI -- Royal
Caribbean Cruises will cut back co-op support and base commission
pay to agents who advertise non-published or non-contracted rates
starting Aug. 16.
affects rates in ads for both Royal Caribbean International and
Celebrity Cruises in mediums like TV, newspapers, radio, catalogs,
direct mail and online vehicles such as search engines, Web sites,
e-mail and banner and popup ads.
"We really feel that
rebating is damaging our distribution system," Lisa Bauer, RCCL's
senior vice president-sales, told TravelWeekly.com Friday
Lines said Thursday it would reduce agency compensation to
retailers who published non-approved rates in public
reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].