Travel agents often put the time in to plan their cruising clients' shore excursions. Problem is, they usually make no money off of them, but are still spending valuable time.
Key Tours, a Fairfax, VA-based tour operator, is now offering handpicked, private and tailored shore excursions, along with pre- and post-cruise packages, that are commissionable at a minimum 10 percent rate.
"With the popularity and accessibility of more ports to more ships that have a large passenger capacity, Key Tours will work with agents to make sure that their customers experience a different or unique shore excursion which will build repeat business for both the agent and the supplier," said Nigel Osborne, Key Tours' executive vice president.
The company's private excursions include a wide variety of options in many ports with rates starting as low as $39 per person. To jump start the program, Key Tours is offering a free half-day shore excursion for groups of 10 or more who book a full day Istanbul excursion.