Travel Leaders Network is taking steps to ensure that its North American members will qualify for a new Norwegian Cruise Line initiative that will pay travel advisors a commission on non-commissionable fares (NCFs).
NCL recently announced that as part of a strong commitment to its travel advisor partners, it will offer them compensation on NCFs for reservations made outside of final payment (120 days prior to sailing).
Payments will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023 for sailings departing May 1, 2023 and forward. To qualify, travel advisors must submit a marketing plan through Norwegian Central by Dec. 31, 2022. Norwegian is the first major contemporary cruise line to offer such compensation.
Roger Block, President, Travel Leaders Network, said: “This is a breakthrough move by Norwegian Cruise Line. We are thrilled that NCL is recognizing the important role travel advisors play in the success of their business and we are prepared to help our advisors take full advantage of this incredible opportunity.”
Travel Leaders Network will provide its North American members with sample marketing tactics so that they can choose from a menu of options, selecting the ones that work best for them.
The tactics will be sent to members in about two weeks. The ability to respond quickly and offer expert assistance is one of the many great benefits that come from being part of Travel Leaders Network, North America’s largest network of travel agencies.
Block continued: “At Travel Leaders Network, we have a thorough understanding of each of our members’ business models, which also vary by geographic location. Our options will provide topics and items that members can tweak and implement into their own marketing plans for NCL. We fully support that members will proactively market NCL now that this profitable benefit has been extended.”