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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 December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.