Editorial Board

Ms. Maycock

Grainne Maycock

Vice President Sales, Sajan, Inc.

Gráinne Maycock is vice president, sales at Sajan, a leading global language services provider known for its top-ranked proprietary translation management system technology. Since Sajan’s inception in 1997, its globe-spanning teams of localization professionals have been creating custom solutions for a wide variety of companies in several industries, with unique specialization in the travel and hospitality arena. Ms. Maycock provides strategic sales leadership to foster increased growth for Sajan across Europe and North America, focusing on strategic business solutions for enterprise clients. She has spent 17 years working with many of the world’s largest organizations across the IT, life science, online consumer, telecommunications, manufacturing and marketing verticals. She has helped them create and implement innovative programs to optimize global content release and increase global market share and revenue for their brands through effective multilingual content programs covering websites, social media and corporate marketing content. She holds an honors degree in applied languages and intercultural studies and post-graduate qualifications in social media marketing. Ms. Maycock is passionate about global branding and reaching a global audience with optimized language content, and she believes business is global today—and that language should never be a barrier.

Ms. Maycock can be contacted at 353-1-2449-550 or gmaycock@sajan.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.