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Ms. Barradas

Eliane Barradas

Director of Sales, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

Eliane Barradas recently joined the executive team at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa as director of sales for the four-diamond resort. Ms. Barradas strengthened the resort team with more than 16 years of hospitality sales and event experience. As the strategic business leader of the beachfront property's sales department, Ms. Barradas' role involves development of on-property sales functions to build long-term, value-based customer relationships to achieve the 433-room property's sales objectives. She is also responsible for implementing strategies to meet and exceed the needs of guests in the leisure and group sales functions. Ms. Barradas has achieved an array of professional success at various Marriott properties throughout Mexico and Portugal by increasing social sales and creating loyalty with top companies Ms. Barradas began her career with Marriott in 1996 as food and beverage director assistant for JW Marriott Mexico City. She also spent time at the Marriott Ixtapan de la Sal Hotel and Spa, Lisbon Marriott Hotel Portugal and Airport Marriott Hotel Mexico City. Prior to joining the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta team, she spent three years as associate director of sales for groups and events at The St. Regis Mexico City. Highlights of her accomplishments include receiving Manager of the Month (February 2012) at The St. Regis, Mexico City and the Continental Europe Event Management Team Special Achievement Award. Ms. Barradas is a graduate of Universidad Veracruzana and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism Business Administration. She also holds a post-grad degree in Tourism Specialization from the Scuola Internatiozionale di Scienze Turistiche in Rome, Italy and earned her MBA from the Universidad Chapultepec in Meixco. She speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese fluently.

Ms. Barradas can be contacted at 52-322-226-0000 or eliane.barradas@marriott.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.