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Ms. Oliver

Marlene Oliver

President, NJC Communications

Marlene Oliver, APR, is a Public Relations, Marketing Communications, and Social Media PR specialist with more than 17 years of success in developing, launching, managing and measuring campaigns for Hospitality, Travel & Tourism clients. Known for her strategic approach to communications, Ms. Oliver founded NJC Communications in 2002. Ms. Oliver's niche-focused boutique PR and Marketing Communications company remains at the forefront of the digital realm, serving among the first Travel & Hospitality PR firms to emphasize the importance of digital PR, SEO content development, and the ever-evolving role of social media in PR and Marketing. Fluent in English and Spanish, Ms. Oliver is regularly interviewed and quoted by press internationally as media spokesperson for NJC's clients including tour operators, hotels and resorts, vacation rental companies, vacation exchange firms, theme-parks and attractions, cruise lines, airlines, travel technology companies and travel websites. Ms. Oliver is responsible for strategic communications planning, directing the execution of projects and campaigns, managing the agency's business development, and leading the media relations and online media directives for the company's clients. Additionally, has served on numerous industry conference panels and has served as communications counsel to acclaimed companies including: Interval International, Louis Cruises, Coral Hospitality, Mayan Resorts, Endless Vacation Rentals by Wyndham Worldwide, Tripology, the Central Holidays Travel Group family of companies as well as many other local, national, and international businesses. Throughout her career Ms. Oliver and her work have garnered numerous awards and accolades including: MarCom Award, Travel Agent Magazine Rising Star, ARDA Gold Award for Community Relations Program, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Brass Ring Award - Media Kit, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Brass Ring Award - Brochure, Travel Industry Association of America, Pow Wow Daily - Media Kit, Best of Attractions. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Florida International University, and completed language and culture programs at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain and Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy. Ms. Oliver received her Accreditation in Public Relations in March of 2003.

Ms. Oliver can be contacted at 305-491-0512 or moliver@njccorp.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.