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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.