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Ms. Shimota

Deanna Shimota

Director of Marketing, Sajan, Inc.

Deanna Shimota has more than 13 years of progressive marketing management experience, holding several strategic positions at global organizations such as The Connection, Ceridian and Concur. In 2010 she joined Sajan, a leading global language services provider known for its top-ranked proprietary translation management system technology. Since Sajan's inception in 1997, its teams of localization professionals have been creating custom solutions for companies in several industries, with unique specialization in the travel and hospitality arena. Ms. Shimota leads a marketing team that is on the front lines of gauging client needs and creating on-point content regarding the real-time nature of the hospitality industry's marketing localization requirements. This includes time-sensitive global content such as websites, marketing materials, customer communications, loyalty programs, booking and reservation databases, backend fulfillment, revenue management, internal employee communications and signage. In response to the explosive localization needs within this industry, Sajan has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in localizing fast-changing content for global hotels, airlines, car rental companies, cruise lines, web-based hotel reservation companies and more. During her tenure at Sajan, Ms. Shimota has reinvigorated existing programs and built from scratch several initiatives that have proven highly successful. With her forward-thinking, metrics-driven leadership, she continues to increase company visibility and drive growth of new business globally across the organization. Ms. Shimota holds a degree in marketing communications and an advanced degree in technical communications. Her specializations include creative planning, strategy design and implementation on a global scale, and building and launching programs that foster ever-increasing brand awareness. She finds great satisfaction in leading efforts to educate companies on expanding their global brand presence and ensuring that their messaging resonates with markets around the world.

Ms. Shimota can be contacted at 715-426-9505 or dshimota@sajan.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.