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Mr. Atanassov

Emil Atanassov

General Manager, Asia Pacific, Sajan, Inc.

Emil Atanassov serves as General Manager, Asia-Pacific and heads up the Singapore office at Sajan, a leading global language services provider known for its top-ranked proprietary translation management system technology. Since Sajanís inception in 1997, its 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. The Sajan Singapore office specializes in time-sensitive global content such as websites, marketing materials, customer communications and loyalty programs, booking and reservation databases, backend fulfillment, revenue management, internal employee communications and signage. Mr. Atanassov played an integral role in Sajanís European expansion, helping to establish Sajanís European headquarters in Ireland. He then led the charge in establishing Sajanís Asia-Pacific headquarters, which opened its doors in 2011. Among Mr. Atanassovís specializations is leading localization and globalization initiatives for the worldís largest travel companies, including the largest airline alliance. He also specializes in assisting clients with quantifying and measuring return on investment for localization. He and his teamís accomplishments encompass a wide variety of revenue-boosting initiatives, including ongoing efforts in optimizing and rewriting hotel descriptive content to produce long-standing benefits such as increased content optimization, greater user experience and higher cost savings. Mr. Atanassov obtained his degree at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the Midwestern United States and is pursuing additional education at Singapore Management University. He continues to lend his topical expertise and insights to publications that focus on global content and localization.

Mr. Atanassov can be contacted at + 65 90174280 or eatanassov@sajan.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.