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Lily Mockerman

Every hotelier has struggled with a dreaded slow season. Many have struggled through years of an economic downturn only to come out victorious on the other side - if weathered and savvier from the experience. The secret weapon to beat these downtimes is ancillary revenue streams. With more than 15 years of experience helping hoteliers combat market challenges and drive revenue, Lily Mockerman, founder and CEO of Total Customized Revenue Management, LLC (TCRM), shares her hard-won advice to help hoteliers innovate when times get tough and reach rock star status in ancillary revenue. Read on...

David Chitlik

Capital expenses are driven by numerous factors in the hotel industry. Projects are undertaken to improve the property, maintain or repair the property, and as requirements of the hotel flag’s brand standards. While the hotel owner considers these expenses as preserving or in some cases preventing the loss of revenue, tax assessors view the capital expenditures as improvements to the property that will drive revenue growth and increased value. In this article, Altus Group’s hospitality tax specialists explore how to manage these contradicting opinions of Cap Ex through their combined seventy years of experience in property tax. Read on...

Lily Mockerman

Sharing the joys and challenges of driving hotel profitability during high seasons is revenue management professional and industry thought leader Lily Mockerman. Mockerman, president and CEO of leading revenue management company Total Customized Revenue Management LLC (TCRM), delves into the proven strategies and tactics to increase overall profits when rooms are at or near capacity. By approaching this challenge with a strong understanding of unconstrained demand, hoteliers can identify those times that limiting less profitable channels will actually increase overall profitability. This ensures the plan is achieving optimal performance levels, measuring results and proactively planning against common pitfalls found in high-demand strategies. Read on...

Nicholas Tsabourakis

Accurate demand forecasting is extremely important for a hotel as it drives strategic planning aimed at optimising sales, increasing operational efficiency, improving customer service and maximising profit. Predicting what the customer wants, anticipating the sales of products and services helps managers understand revenue opportunities and make informed decisions about pricing and business growth strategies. It involves attempting to gain an insight into the future while relying solely on past trends and present events. Forecasting is the scientific version of crystal gazing and while future events may deviate from past trends, the intelligent insights obtained from forecasting, provide a reliable platform to build upon. Read on...

Paul van Meerendonk

The concept of a revenue productivity engine begins with a theme lifted from W. Timothy Gallwey’s best-selling book, The Inner Game of Tennis. Tennis is not only a game of endurance and skill, but also very much a game of psychology. The same can be said about creating your revenue productivity engine. It’s imperative to understand your revenue psychology—making sure your revenue performance will equal your revenue potential, minus any interferences - before setting out on the journey. Operating in the here-and-now ensures you crystalize your goals throughout the organization. Using an analytics framework is the sure-fire way to instill a culture that operates on data proven by science and reduces overthinking which allows inconsistent judgment to cloud the vision. Read on...

S. Lakshmi Narasimhan

Owners as stakeholders of a hotel asset realize that continuous revenue generation and profit retention are the only paths to getting a decent return on their investment. Not for nothing have they poured big dollars in their hotel project. However, it is one of the ironies of diminishing revenues of a failing enterprise that often the business never looks right under their noses - at their capital commitments to understand the revenue erosion. That capital budgeting literally is a blueprint to determining how well an enterprise uses its assets to generate revenues is nevertheless a grossly underutilized phenomenon. A look at how to harness this powerful strategy. Read on...

Inger Oliver

From a 'set it and forget it' approach to dynamic daily rates, revenue managers have seen a dramatic shift in hotel pricing. Learning from the airlines decades ago, the hospitality industry quickly realized it needed to build a yield management system to spot trends over time. But the process of selling the right room to the right guest at the right time didn't end there. Four key factors - technology, demographics, consumer behaviors and markets - made the process even more complex. In this piece by hospitality veteran Inger Oliver, learn how studying the right insights can help revenue managers succeed in today's complex marketplace. Read on...

Paul van Meerendonk

Cultivating asset value for resorts is all about capturing and capitalizing on the unique revenue opportunities their distinctive business models create. However, compared with standard hotel operation, where revenue management processes are well-established based on industry-wide practices, resorts are challenged by much more complicated business models and a diverse range of revenue streams. Read on...

Nicholas Tsabourakis

While Total Revenue Management is primarily focused on implementing a holistic approach to increase your hotel revenues, the fact of the matter is that none of this is possible if you don't have the right technologies by your side. Whether or not your hotel has the resources of a five star international chain, it is essential for you to start using the latest technologies to make the most of a total revenue management approach. Using the latest software and systems will allow you to collect important and high quality data in a timely manner, and enable you to use this data to your advantage before it becomes obsolete. Read on...

Nicholas Tsabourakis

Market segmentation is of particular importance in the complex and competitive hospitality world of today because it does not only help put things in perspective, but also ensures that you won't have to waste money and efforts in areas that won't bring any positive results. Cost of acquisition and contribution by revenue source are extremely important factors that need to be taken into consideration when managing a business in the highly competitive and ambiguous hotel management industry, which is another reason why market segmentation needs to be leveraged. Doing so will not only help you understand where your customers are coming from, but it will also be easier for you to figure out which areas need improvement and which customer groups you should focus on more for greater revenues. Read on...

Lily Mockerman

Revenue management professional and industry thought leader Lily Mockerman shares expert tips that will help struggling hotels easily and quickly improve total revenue management to increase profitability. Ms. Mockerman is acquainted with hotels' biggest revenue challenges, which often create amplified effects for already struggling hotels. Taking an inside look at the common problems brand and independent properties face, along with their unique advantages as well as disadvantages, Lily shares five tested tips that will help both types of properties achieve effective, measurable results. Read on...

Bhanu Chopra

It is challenging task to manage rate parity. A lot of effort is required to track cracks in rate parity, especially for enterprise hotel. Current market subtleties require that hoteliers move much beyond detecting breaches and focus on implementing manners to not only report breaches, but take measures to put a stop to rate disparities and also avert them in the future. In this article learn how to avoid revenue damages caused by breach of rate parity. Know what kind of rate parity tools are modern and learned hotel revenue managers investing in to stay up in the game. Learn about a well-executed rate parity strategy, to make your hotel superbly prepared to achieve its goals in 2018. Read on...

Gino Engels

The hospitality industry's shift toward technology solutions is a recent development. Not that long ago in fact, fax, paper and legacy systems ruled the industry. But in today's online and connected world, the technology boom has firmly taken hold, big data and analytics are finally ingrained in the hospitality professionals' day. In this article, Gino Engels offers his insights on how data reshaped the online booking landscape. We will explore the value of data, from automation and time-saving to personalization through predictive analytics. Lastly, we'll show you how to gain a competitive edge by capitalizing on different data-sources. Read on...

Nicholas Tsabourakis

The success of a Total Revenue Management process depends on not only the main objectives that a hotel or hotel company aims to achieve, but also the route it plans to take and move on to lead towards accomplishing those. The ideal route to maximize profit by adapting a TRM approach is through developing and instilling a revenue culture. A coherent revenue strategy is more than just systems, demand forecasting and constant price adjustments. It is a business philosophy and strategy that when taken into account in all departmental procedures can result in increased revenue & profit performance. Read on...

Lily Mockerman

Revenue management professional and industry thought leader Lily Mockerman shares her insight on how hotels may increase profits across multiple revenue streams through proper data management and analyzation. Going beyond the numbers, Lily teaches hoteliers how to set up a proper data collection strategy, collect key information including customer feedback to craft a results-oriented Total Revenue Management strategy, monitor competitor data and more in this deep dive into the world of big data mining and profit optimization for the hospitality industry. Read on...

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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.