American Cruise Lines has added Michael Weldon, Mary Grimes and Mena Tuccinardi to its sales force. Michael Weldon has come onboard as American’s new regional director for trade sales, Mary Grimes as the new business development manager for the Southwest region, and Mena Tuccinardi as new business development manager for the Northeast region.
Michael Weldon has many years of river cruise experience, specializing in travel trade sales and business development, American Cruise Lines said. He has worked for several luxury cruise lines, driving revenue growth for both travel professionals and cruise lines, as well as managing teams of travel professionals across the country.
Mary Grimes has extensive experience in business development for top travel brands and began her career as a frontline agent based in Colorado.
Mena Tuccinardi has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years and has a record for developing strategic travel business relationships throughout the Northeast, as well as developing sales and marketing tools to assist partner travel professionals.
The move comes as American Cruise Lines is expanding its fleet; over the past two years, the river cruise line has added three new ships, increasing its fleet total to 11. A twelfth ship is due to arrive next year. The cruise line also says that it has seen record sales over the past few years, and that it has expanded its inside and outside sales force, as well as launched new sales and marketing platforms for travel agents.