founded CORNICHE Travel
in 1987, a company that today grosses more than $30 million annually. Now the CORNICHE Group
, Inc., the company celebrated its 30th year anniversary in 2017, with a gala ceremonial ribbon cutting and reception at their corporate offices on Sunset Strip in the heart of West Hollywood with the mayor and many city notables in attendance. CORNICHE
currently has three locations: West Hollywood, Anaheim and Malibu, California.
After graduating summa cum laude from USC, Anastasia was handpicked by Hilton Hotels Corporation to join their sales team as their first female sales executive. Later, she left Hilton to become the Southern California Sales Manager for the new Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco; thereafter becoming the first female Director of Sales & Marketing for the prestigious Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills for ten years. Anastasia moved from hotel marketing to become the first U.S. President of Operations for British-based Mark Allan Travel, which became the entertainment division of American Express.
Today CORNICHE Travel is one of the only independent Travel Management companies servicing high profile, domestic and international clients globally in both the corporate and entertainment markets while also providing full leisure travel services as well.
In December 2004, Anastasia successfully launched a new division called Anastasia’s Africa, with an emphasis on customizing guests’ experiences with more personal, award-winning and environmentally harmonious safari camps and lodges throughout Eastern and Southern Africa.
Anastasia’s first job upon graduating from USC took her to Mexico City where she taught English and immersed herself in the culture and music of the region. Following this life long passion for Latin culture and the performing arts, in 2007 she launched CORNICHE Entertainment, which books over 90 music events a year as well as produces concerts in top Los Angeles venues and promotes the careers of a multitude of talented musicians. Anastasia produced four La Vida Music Festivals at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. The popular festivals presented an evening of 30 to 40 artists, all with a Latin influence in music and dance. Louie Cruz Beltran, Poncho Sanchez, Hubert Laws, Pete Escovedo and the Mariachi Divas were among the featured performers, as well as Tango artists Sandor and Parissa, and Flamenco artist Roberto Amaral. Anastasia sat on the Hollywood Arts Council that produced “Jazz Pilgrimage” at the Ford Amphitheatre, a salute to Pete Escovedo that also featured Louie Cruz Beltran. Anastasia then produced “Live at the Ford,” a CD that captured Louie’s performance that night at the historic venue and features six Spanish language songs, five of them Louie Cruz Beltran originals. Anastasia and CORNICHE Entertainment have curated the popular Music on the Main series at Descanso Gardens in La Canada for 12 years. Latin music standouts Oscar Hernandez, Dayren Santamaria, Jimmy Branley and many others are among the over 120 bands CORNICHE has presented at this beautiful outdoor summer concert series, which draws upwards of 1,000 people on consecutive Thursday nights under the oak trees on the main lawn. Anastasia has booked Louie Cruz Beltran and his Latin Jazz Ensemble into the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, and in Washington, DC on the National Mall through the Smithsonian Institution to represent Latin Jazz in celebration of Jazz History Month, followed by a sold out show at historic Blues Alley in Georgetown. Anastasia and CORNICHE Entertainment presented Hubert Laws in the prestigious LA Made series in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Grand Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles. Anastasia produced Louie’s chart topping CD release “Paint The Rhythm,” which peaked at #11 on the Media Base Smooth Jazz Charts. The single “Esperando” reached #4. She has produced Louie Cruz Beltran’s singles of the classic Spanish language romantic song “Sabor A Mi” as well as a cumbia version of Louie’s hit single, “La Migra.” She is currently in production on a new recording for Louie Cruz Beltran.
Anastasia has done over 600 interviews on TV, radio and for the print media. Her personal knowledge and experience make her a highly respected and sought-after speaker in the US and internationally on the status of the travel industry.
As a founding member of the California Travel & Tourism Commission, she served two terms as the sole representative for all travel management agencies in the state. During both her terms she sat on the Executive Committee. She is the first recipient of the Anastasia K. Mann Leadership Award presented annually to notable individuals in tourism and the arts by the Travel & Tourism Marketing Association. Her additional contributions to the travel and tourism industry include 10 years on the international board of directors of the Travel & Tourism Research Association (serving as President and Chair as well); past-president of Southern California chapter of HSMAI; founding member of MPI; board member of PATA Los Angeles; member of International PATA’s first Marketing Committee; founding chairman of the West Hollywood Visitors and Convention Bureau (now Visit West Hollywood); long-standing member currently of the West Hollywood Chamber, and long-standing Board member of Hollywood Chamber and member of California Chamber of Commerce; California representative to the White House Conference on Tourism (Clinton Administration); sole tourism representative on the Trade Mission to Soviet Union (GHW Bush administration); Hollywood Arts Council governor for 30 years; past President of SKAL International – Los Angeles, and served on the board and executive committee of the Society of Singers from 2010 to 2012. Anastasia is currently serving her first term on the Community Advisory Board for Wells Fargo Bank.
Anastasia is also a member of Travel Industry of America (TIA) and served several terms on the Council for the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC.
Anastasia is active in her local community government affairs. As President of the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council for the last 16 years, Anastasia reaches out to her community and listens to the concerns of its members. The Council represents over 60,000 homes and
businesses including the Hollywood Bowl, Universal Studios and the Hollywood-Highland/Dolby Theatre complex.
She has frequent interaction with the LA City Council and LA County Board of Supervisors on behalf of her stakeholders and produces numerous community events. She is serving her fourth three-year term as a Hearing Examiner for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Board of Rights. Twice, she has been the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Peace through Tourism including Geneva, Switzerland and again at the IIPT Africa conference in Lusaka, Zambia. She has been a member of their Board for over 20 years.
Philanthropically, she and her company have given generously to the Fred Jordan Mission in downtown Los Angeles and benefited both the Program for Torture Victims and One Legacy Foundation (DONATE ONE), Disabled American Veterans, among others. Anastasia was recognized with Commendations by the City Council and Mayor the City of Los Angeles, the Governor of the State Of California and the US Senate for philanthropy and professionalism in the workplace.
She was also the Entrepreneur of the Year for the State of California Tourism Industry, selected as Woman of Distinction from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Century City Chamber of Commerce. In 2016 she was honored by the Hollywood Chamber as a Hero of Hollywood, and in 2017 Anastasia received the prestigious Diamond Award from SoCal ASTA at an awards gala at the beautiful Beverly Hills Hotel. In 2018, Anastasia was honored by Congressman Adam Schiff as a “Woman of the Year” for her inspiring contributions in the 28th Congressional District and was so recognized by the US House of Representatives.
Anastasia has great pride in her company, now in its 32nd year where many of her staff have served since inception and most have given at least 15 years of service to our respected and valued clients, most of whom have been with CORNICHE for at least 25 years.