Luxury Line Atlas Ocean Voyages Appoints Six Sales Directors For North America
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
During a difficult year when most travel organizations are scaling down operations, luxury all-inclusive cruise line, Atlas Ocean Voyages, has appointed six new Sales Directors and a Sales Manager for the North American market. The company says the growth is in response to "positive interest from the travel advisor community and the increasing recognition of Atlas’ distinctive luxe-adventure expeditions among travellers."
The new appointments are:
Eric Bacon, Regional Sales Director for Canada
Cathy Kusuma, Regional Sales Director, Eastern U.S.
Rolf Logan, Regional Sales Director, Central U.S.
Anthony Cooper, Regional Sales Director, Western U.S.
Alyssa Logan, Director of Charter and Incentive Sales
Lisette Martinez Rusian, Director of Sales and Marketing Operations
Michelle Rodriguez-Suarez, Virtual Sales Manager
The sales directors come from a broad range of cruise companies such as Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Hurtigruten, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and Royal Caribbean International.
They will report to Atlas Ocean Voyages’ Vice President of Sales and Trade Partnerships Brandon Townsley.
“We are very happy to welcome the new Sales executives to the Atlas Ocean Voyages Sales Team,” said Townsley.
“They bring to Atlas their immense expertise as well as their understanding of the market and the needs of hardworking travel advisors. Cathy, Rolf, Anthony, Eric, Alyssa, Lisette and Michelle will continue to build strong and mutually rewarding relationships between Atlas and luxury travel advisors throughout the U.S. and Canada."
Atlas Ocean Voyages, owned by Portuguese financial holding company Mystic Invest, is expecting to launch its first expedition ship,World Navigator, in JUL 2021.World Navigatorwill sail seven- to 24-night itineraries in the Holy Land, Black and Mediterranean Seas in the summer 2021, followed by nine- to 13-night itineraries in the Caribbean, South America and Antarctica in winter 2021/22.
“When we opened Atlas in late 2018 in the U.S., it was three of us table-hopping in cafés and conference rooms. We have now grown into a proud team of nearly 40 and are the only cruise company in 2020 to order new ships – not one, but four – to join World Navigator before 2023," said Atlas Ocean Voyages President Alberto Aliberti.
"This year has been unprecedented, to say the least, and it’s important to thank our valued travel advisor partners and stakeholders, who believed in this new cruising concept and supported us every step of the way to help us reach this point. We look forward to bringing luxe-adventure journeys to the world and inaugurate the safe, clean and greenWorld Navigatorin July 2021.”
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.