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Ms. Kay

Rana Kay

Director of Public Relations, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Rana Kay is the director of public relations at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. She is responsible for managing public relations and communications strategy and execution for the 420-room hotel and its outlets including two world-class bars Float and 207, Maryjane's restaurant and Rock Spa. Under her leadership, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego has been featured in top-tier media outlets including People Magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews.com, Travel + Leisure, OK!, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on a host of television series including CW's For Better or Worse, E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians and A&E's Gene Simmons' Family Jewels. Through Rana's strategic positioning and aggressive media relations tactics, the property has quickly garnered national acclaim as San Diego's hottest spot for travel and entertainment. Prior to Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Ms. Kay spent seven years working on the agency-side of public relations, most recently serving as account supervisor at San Diego-based Chemistry. At Chemistry, she managed a diverse portfolio of local and national accounts including Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., Ivy Hotel and Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. Ms. Kay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a public relations emphasis from San Diego State University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America's San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter, and is the recipient of numerous Edward L. Bernay's awards for her public relations campaigns.

Ms. Kay can be contacted at 619-764-6938 or ranak@hardrockhotelsd.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.