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Mr. Tsabourakis

Nicholas Tsabourakis

Founder & Managing Director, Bespoke Revenue Management

Nicholas Tsabourakis is founder and Managing Director at Bespoke Revenue Management. With over 10 years of diverse hospitality roles covering all commercial aspects, Mr. Tsabourakis founded Bespoke RM with the aim to provide a tailored solution to revenue management challenges, and help hotels to streamline their operations for maximum impact on their revenue.

Bespoke RM takes a holistic approach, and is able to guide towards the creation of a total revenue management culture in any hospitality organization. Mr. Tsabourakis is an expert in Total Revenue Management with a passion in E-commerce, technology and more importantly in building commercially driven organizations.

Mr. Tsabourakis started his career with Hilton in one of their busiest properties where he had the opportunity to enhance the way pricing was implemented, despite operating in the most dynamic market in Europe (Heathrow Airport, London), and led the process of successfully shifting Business Mix towards the right direction. Following his role with Hilton he joined Park Plaza where he extended his Revenue management reach beyond rooms and laid down the foundations for achieving a Total Revenue Management culture. Operating through the financial crisis of 2008 was a big challenge but hard work and forward thinking led to being one of the few hotels in London that saw an increase in a highly pressurized and declining market.

After that, Mr. Tsabourakis took a bold but confident step away from the operator side of the industry and into Asset Management where he worked with a portfolio of 60 hotels with the aim to develop the procedures and mechanisms needed to identify new commercial opportunities, provide commercial analysis, drive profitability, increase top line results and returns to the Owners.

In his last role with the Ascott Ltd. he was the driving force and orchestrated the creation of a Revenue management organization while he was responsible for providing strategic oversight and development of commercial strategies, working with a diverse portfolio of properties.

Please visit http://www.bespokerm.com for more information.

Mr. Tsabourakis can be contacted at +66 442070971615 or nicholas@bespokerm.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.