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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 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.