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 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.