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Old May 22nd, 2003, 03:20 PM
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Default Travel agency consortiums

The other day I was talking to my TA about the often substantial price differences offered by different travel agents for the very same cabin on the very same cruise.
Among other things, she told me that many smaller agencies now belong to consortiums which enable them to offer particularly low prices for certain cruiselines. It's like several small mom and pop stores banding together to form a co-op which can then buy in bulk and save. For example, her agency belongs to a consortium for RCI and as a result, can offer prices and perks on RCI with which other agencies usually can't compete.
Is anyone familiar with how these consortiums work ? More specifically, does anyone know of an agency that is part of a Celebrity consortium? I know we can't list specific agents/agencies on these boards, but if someone does have that info I will provide my e-mail address to secure the name, etc.
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Old May 23rd, 2003, 07:07 PM
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Default Re: Travel agency consortiums

It is not a cruiseline consortium... it is an agency consortium.

Small agencies join these consortiums for buying power. They do have to pay membership fees... and abide by the contractual guidelines of the consortium.

SOme of the larger consortiums have upwards of 8000 member agencies.

If you check out online agency websites many of them mention their consortium.

Consortiums do not block space on all ships... all departures. But when they do block space, it gives the member agencies the rights to sell into this space.

It's just like one big buying cooperative!
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