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Ms. Macy

Elaine Macy

Vice President of Group Sales, Preferred Hotel Group

Elaine Macy is Senior Vice President of Group Sales for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, responsible for overseeing the company's Group Sales division, handling various events around the world and managing a global team of group sales professionals. She joined the company in 2004. Ms. Macy started her career in the travel industry working for World Airways before moving into the incentive travel business, spending five years managing and developing the West Coast operations for Tradewind Tours, a leading Hawaiian corporation. In 1984, Ms. Macy joined Maritz Travel Company as Regional Vice President to pioneer the company's first West Coast operation. Over a 15-year period, she carried $18 million in sales and had total administrative and sales responsibility for efforts in the region. Shortly thereafter, she opened a new full-service operation for Maritz, turning it into a $40 million group travel and meetings office staffed by more than 100 professionals. The West Coast operation processed more than 40,000 participants each year to destinations around the globe. In 1995, Ms. Macy became one of seven founding partner of Ambassadors Performance Group, serving as Vice President of Sales and running an office in Northern California. Alongside John Ueberroth and Peter Ueberroth, she helped build Ambassadors into a major incentive travel house.

Ms. Macy can be contacted at 949-719-3354 or emacy@preferredhotelgroup.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.