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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 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.