Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Shallcross

Juliana Shallcross

Founder, Trips and Giggles

Juliana Shallcross was previously the managing editor and founder of HotelChatter, Jaunted, and VegasChatter, a trio of daily websites owned by Conde Nast which chronicled the travel industry. Recently, she's been keeping tabs on the hospitality industry for several publications including Conde Nast Traveler, Frommers.com, and Tnooz.com. She's also creating daily website content for LE Miami, a contemporary travel collective which highlights global trends and shifts in high-end travel. With more than 10 years of reporting and writing experience related to hotels and travel, Ms. Shallcross has contributed her insights to several other travel publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Inc., CNN, BBC, and National Geographic Traveler. Additionally, Ms. Shallcross has appeared on the Conde Nast Traveler Snapchat channel, which is proving to be a fun and engaging way to show off new hotels and dynamic cities. Recognizing the surge in family travel, Ms. Shallcross created her own family travel site, Trips + Giggles, in 2013 which details travel tips, ideas, and inspiration for parents. The site also includes a useful babysitter directory for parents in need of a night off while on vacation. This directory lists babysitting agencies in more than 20 cities, all of which are licensed and certified. The directory was featured in the March 2015 issue of Redbook Magazine. A native of New Jersey, Ms. Shallcross relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 after two years in New York as a creative marketing coordinator for Random House. She earned a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California in 2004. She's still based in Los Angeles and when not traveling, writing, or editing, she's out exploring her hometown.

Please visit http://www.tripsandgiggles.com for more information.

Ms. Shallcross can be contacted at 310-721-7356 or lovetrips&giggles@gmail.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.