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Mr. Atanassov

Emil Atanassov

General Manager, Asia Pacific, Sajan, Inc.

Emil Atanassov serves as General Manager, Asia-Pacific and heads up the Singapore office at 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 a wide variety of companies in several industries, with unique specialization in the travel and hospitality arena. The Sajan Singapore office specializes in time-sensitive global content such as websites, marketing materials, customer communications and loyalty programs, booking and reservation databases, backend fulfillment, revenue management, internal employee communications and signage. Mr. Atanassov played an integral role in Sajan's European expansion, helping to establish Sajan's European headquarters in Ireland. He then led the charge in establishing Sajan's Asia-Pacific headquarters, which opened its doors in 2011. Among Mr. Atanassov's specializations is leading localization and globalization initiatives for the world's largest travel companies, including the largest airline alliance. He also specializes in assisting clients with quantifying and measuring return on investment for localization. He and his team's accomplishments encompass a wide variety of revenue-boosting initiatives, including ongoing efforts in optimizing and rewriting hotel descriptive content to produce long-standing benefits such as increased content optimization, greater user experience and higher cost savings. Mr. Atanassov obtained his degree at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the Midwestern United States and is pursuing additional education at Singapore Management University. He continues to lend his topical expertise and insights to publications that focus on global content and localization.

Mr. Atanassov can be contacted at + 65 90174280 or eatanassov@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.