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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 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.