Tourico Holidays, a global travel wholesaler, has reported a 37 percent increase in cruise bookings in 2016. The growth in the cruise sector was driven by outbound bookings from the United States, which increased by 49 percent year-over-year. Canada increased its year-over-year cruise bookings by 12 percent and the UK increased its bookings by 10 percent. Latin America, as a whole, increased its year-over-year cruise bookings by 21 percent in 2016. January 2017 was a record setting month for Tourico Holidays, as well, with cruise bookings increasing by 38 percent compared to January 2016.
The wholesaler has also just announced a new partnership with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, an all-inclusive luxury brand based out of Miami, Florida. Tourico Holidays’ cruise business now includes 16 cruise lines and more than 10,000 different cruise departures throughout the world – including in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, Bermuda, Mexico, South America, Asia & Australia.
“We’re predicting more cruisers will hit the seas in 2017 than any previous year on the books,” said Lori Sheller, the VP of Cruise Development for Tourico. “The upward trend in cruising will also be aided by an influx of bookings from China – as cruise companies shift their focus to the Asian market.”