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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 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.