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Mr. Mahmoud

Ahmed Mahmoud

Founder, revenueyourhotel.com

Ahmed Mahmoud believes that revenue management is the future of the hospitality industry and sees great potential for hotels to increase their profit performance through a professional system of revenue management. Mr. Mahmoud has more than 18 years of international hospitality industry experience, specializing in revenue management implementation and execution. He began his career in 1992 holding a variety of management positions with such top hotel chains as Accor Hotels, Hyatt International and Starwood hotels. In 2006 Mr. Mahmoud founded revenueyourhotel.com, a website dedicated to revenue management. The site offers a wide range of information, forms, best practices and ideas designed to help individual hoteliers and hospitality businesses improve their market penetration, deliver service excellence and increase their profitability. Ahmed also offers consulting and online training to both independent hoteliers and hotel chains. In 2009 Mr. Mahmoud successfully completed a simple yet sophisticated revenue management operation manual outlining best practice methods designed to rapidly increase a hotel's RevPar and GOP. Through this and his slogan “Revenue Your Hotel is Where to Start”; Mr. Mahmoud has become well known in the hospitality industry and has established many partnerships with other professionals and specialists in the revenue management field to create awareness of the importance of revenue management. With two decades of revenue management experience, Mr. Mahmoud is considered a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant. He is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events and contributes articles to a number of industry publications.

Mr. Mahmoud can be contacted at ahmed.mahmoud@revenueyourhotel.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.