An accomplished sales and marketing executive with intimate knowledge of the Cruise, Meeting and Incentive industries, Ailene serves as president of Corporate Cruise Consultants. She leads a team of seasoned cruise professionals and meeting planners responsible for supporting corporate clients in developing and executing meeting and incentive events at sea.
Ailene’s unique experience, skill set and industry contacts have provided her the distinct advantage of securing preferred agreements with many of the cruise lines —which often include value-add-ons unavailable to executives buying directly from cruise lines. She serves on advisory boards for several leading cruise lines and leverages her deep relationships with key cruise line executives to provide top-notch service to her clients.
This position is a natural fit for Ailene who has built an impressive career working in many roles, both as a corporate planner and cruise line executive. Ailene managed group sales for Norwegian Cruise Line where she negotiated full ship charters and large corporate group contracts. Prior to that, Ailene served as Manager of Sales Events for DHL Express were she planned and executed a variety of meetings, incentives, customer-specific events and trade shows. She has received numerous accolades during her tenure in the MICE industry and was featured in Connect Magazine’s ‘40 under 40’ list of Future Leaders in the meetings industry. Creating client value is a top priority for Ailene and has been a key contributor to her resounding success.
At the helm of Corporate Cruise Consultants, Ailene Sorice has found her dream opportunity which represents the successful culmination of her proven skills, years of hard work and innate talents.
In 1976, the beginning of the leisure cruise industry as we know it, Mr. Gehl recognized the value to his corporate clients of planning their meetings and incentives at sea rather than on land. As the cruise lines expanded to become the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, Mr. Gehl transitioned his retail and wholesale travel businesses to become one of the few industry leaders sourcing and operating events at sea with a primary focus on corporate and association clients. George was instrumental in developing a cruise channel for Roxworld TV, he was featured in a variety of MICE industry publications and consulted in the design of the first-ever cruise line (Vision Quest) created specifically for meetings and conferences at sea. His company sourced and operated events at sea including river cruises around the world for hundreds of major corporations and associations.
As an all-inclusive venue, a cruise ship offers meeting space, audiovisual equipment, food and beverage and even the entertainment complementary. With nightly stage productions and casinos, ideal weather and multiple exotic ports of call, the first groups to transition their programs to sea were clients who historically traveled to Las Vegas. Today Corporate Cruise Consultants has over 40 years of expertise and resources as well as preferred cruise line agreements that provide significant budget and concession advantages when sourcing, negotiating and operating every event from 8 staterooms to full ship charters.