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Mr. Wolf

Stefan Wolf

Senior Vice President Revenue & Distribution Strategy, Onyx Hospitality Group

Stefan Wolf is responsible for total revenue management and global distribution strategies at the Onyx Hospitality Group based in Bangkok. Onyx Hospitality Group operates four diverse yet complementary hotel brands - Saffron, Amari, Shama and OZO - each catering to the distinctive requirements of today's business and leisure travelers. Mr. Wolf started his revenue management career with Marriott in Germany and Korea. Changing from property to a corporate based role he then joined the InterContinental Hotels Group in Beijing supporting the North Asia portfolio of hotels and was part of a global taskforce to develop the revenue management academy training program for the company. At Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts at the corporate office in Hong Kong Mr. Wolf created a revenue management culture introducing a dynamic pricing philosophy and set-up a group-wide negotiation strategy for global corporate accounts. Joining the Jumeirah Group in Dubai he issued guidelines to strategically revenue-manage the Waterpark and Spas and created a critical path for revenue management strategies for hotels in the pre-opening stage. In London Mr. Wolf set-up the revenue management foundation at the corporate office for Rocco Forte Hotels before moving to Bangkok for his current assignment. In line with Onyx vision to be one of Asia's leading hospitality providers by 2018 Wolf works on the requirements to optimize global distribution. He developed a team of revenue management professionals to efficiently implement total revenue management strategies on property level. In addition of being an invited speaker at global distribution, revenue management and pricing conferences Mr. Wolf is passionate about the development of strategies for ancillary revenue streams and about the evolving nature of the revenue management discipline and its impact on profitability and asset value. Since 2014 he has been elected as the President for HSMAI Thailand and is also Chairman of the Board of Directors for HSMAI Asia Pacific.

Mr. Wolf can be contacted at 66-0-2255-3767 or stefan.wolf@onyx-hospitality.com

Coming up in October 2019...

Revenue Management: Focus On Profit

Revenue Management is still a relatively new profession within hotel operations and as such, it continues to evolve. One significant trend in this area is a shift away from using revenue as the foundation to generate key performance indicators (KPIs) and to instead place the emphasis on profit. Traditionally, revenue managers have relied on total revenue per available room (TrevPAR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) as the basis of their KPIs. Now, some revenue managers are using gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) as their primary KPI. This puts profit at the center of revenue management strategy, and managers are increasingly searching for new ways to increase the profitability of their hotels. Return on Investment is the objective of any hotel investment, so it is only logical that profitability and ROI will be emphasized going forward. Another trend is an expanded focus on direct hotel bookings. Revenue managers know that one way to increase profitability is to steer guests away from online travel agencies (OTAs) and book directly with the hotel. This tactic also reinforces brand identity and loyalty, and encourages repeat business. In addition, it provides a valuable platform to market the hotel directly to the customer, and to upsell room upgrades or other services to them. Another trend for revenue managers involves automation in their software programs. Revenue management systems with automation are far more desirable than those without it. Automating data entry and logistics increases efficiency, allowing managers to spend more time on formulating strategy. As a bonus, an automated system helps with aggregating and interpreting data. The October issue of the Hotel Business Review will address these developments and document how some leading hotels are executing their revenue management strategies.