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Ms. Latkovic

Tracey Anne Latkovic

Corporate Vice President / Sales, Canyon Ranch

Tracey Anne Latkovic's twenty years of revenue development experience encompass disciplines ranging from luxury resorts and destination spas to golf and real estate. As the corporate vice president of sales for Canyon Ranch, she oversees resort, hotel and SpaClub teams to expand markets and increase revenue for the brand. Ms. Latkovic has served over four years as the vice president of sales & marketing for Miraval Holding where she led revenue generation efforts corporate wide for both resort and real estate development for the iconic destination spa brand. Additionally, Ms. Latkovic worked as the vice president of sales, marketing and revenue development for PGA National, director of sales & marketing with the St. Regis brand and spent over 10 years prior as a director of sales for KSL Resort Group's La Quinta Resort & Club and the legendary Wigwam Resort where she was recognized as one of the Top Ten Women in Business & Industry by Today's Arizona Woman Success Magazine. Ms. Latkovic holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Ms. Latkovic can be contacted at 800-975-8880 x4208 or tlatkovic@canyonranch.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.