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Ms. Patawaran

Deanna Jean Patawaran

Sales Manager, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Toronto Vaughan

Deanna Jean Patawaran, Group Sales Manager at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Toronto Vaughan, completed her Wedding Planner Certificate for Marriott and eventually moved to handling Corporate, Association and SMERF (Sports, Military, Education, Religion , Fraternity) markets/accounts. After 9+ years with Marriott, Ms. Patawaran decided it was time for a change and and moved as to a Senior Sales role with Four Points by Sheraton for four years. This was followed by other Sales and Marketing roles: with Schulich School of Business, Delta Toronto East Hotel and Suites, Holiday Inn Express and Days Inn Niagara Falls. In addition to being full-time in Hospitality Sales, Ms. Patawaran is an active volunteer with different associations in a leadership role: IAAP (International Association of Administrative of Professionals), Scarborough Chapter, currently Chapter President, MPI (Meeting Professional International), Toronto Chapter, with the Special Events Committee, VCC (Vaughan Chamber of Commerce), Secretary with the Women to Women Committee, and the FCAV (Filipino-Canadian Association of Vaughan), Director. Ms. Patawaran currently resides in Mount Albert with her husband Danilo, two daughters, Dorothy Dee and Danika and their Bijon-Poodle Tiger.

Ms. Patawaran can be contacted at 905-695-9305 or dpatawaran@springhillsuitesvaughan.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.