Orlando-based wholesaler Tourico Holidays said it has enhanced the ability of agents to book cruises through its reservations system and is making other changes to further its cruise business.

Tourico said new host-to-host XML connectivity between cruise lines and retailers will provide better real-time price and inventory information and reduce bookings that fail because of data updates. Tourico said clients who are selling hotels through XML can now also find cruises on the same point of reconciliation.

Separately, Tourico said it has added Viking Cruises to its inventory and now works with 15 cruise lines and more than 10,000 itineraries.

To support the growth of its cruise business, Tourico named Lori Sheller vice president of cruise development. Sheller was previously vice president of sales and marketing at Online Vacation Center.

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