Editorial Board   

Mr. Loberg

Rory B. Loberg

President, Loberg Hospitality,

Rory B. Loberg is president of Loberg Hospitality, a consulting organization that specializes in the needs of conference centers, university based hotels, inns and non branded lodging product across the US and Internationally. Loberg was previously President of ARAMARK Harrison Lodging, the largest conference center brand in North America. ARAMARK Harrison Lodging operates more than 50 conference centers, corporate training centers and specialty hotels in educational environments. Loberg was instrumental in significantly growing ARAMARK's Conference Center division. Loberg was previously in regional operations role with Marriott for 18 years most of which was spent in the conference center division.

Mr. Loberg can be contacted at loberghospitality@comcast.net

Coming up in October 2020...

Revenue Management: Maximizing Profit

Hotel Revenue Management continues to evolve at a blistering pace. Driven by technological innovation and new distribution channels, there are some dynamic opportunities for expansion in this fast-growing field. The technology is primarily designed to help revenue managers further refine their operations and pricing models to maximize hotel profit. For example, hotels can't be all things to all people, so a key strategy is to precisely identify their target audience. By employing geo-targeting techniques and analyzing behavior such as previous bookings, on-property purchases and online shopping practices, there is an increased capability to define guest demographics. By segmenting customers in more specific ways, hotels are able to create more personalized experiences which, in turn, allow managers to optimize their room rates. It is also an effective way to fulfill the unique needs and preferences of the individual. Another methodology is to consistently monitor the competition's pricing strategies. There are software tools that analyze a competitor's current rates, and then allow a hotel to make its own pricing adjustments. It is also a useful means to conduct forecasting models. Other technologies that are being integrated into a revenue manager's toolkit include Artificial Intelligence in the form of automated algorithms, and Voice Recognition (VR) for data inquiries, rate changes, and booking behavior. Predictive and analytic software programs are also being leveraged to provide more forward-looking data, instead of the usual reliance on historical performance. These metrics allow managers to be more proactive - rather than reactive - with their revenue strategy. The October issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine these developments and report on how some leading hotels are executing their revenue management strategies.