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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...

S. Lakshmi Narasimhan

While RevPAR is a powerful measure of how hotel assets are delivering optimum Room Revenues, often they may not be telling the entire story. The channels of distribution being adopted by a hotel to generate room revenues may have varying costs to them. Accounting methods make these costs be disclosed among expenses in a hotel Income Statement. Factoring in those costs in the calculation of RevPAR provides a realistic picture. Is your hotel taking this critical step? In other words, are your channels delivering optimum Room Revenues net of costs? Read on...

Paul van Meerendonk

Revenue technology is following the evolution of the mobile phone. What once was just a rate-setting and forecasting tool is now the convergence of all data insights you need to influence revenue productivity, whether at your desk, on the road or at home. An RMS visualizes thousands of data points, and an RMS mobile app or voice-enabled assistant, like Amazon's Alexa, make access to that data simple, convenient and possible from anywhere with an internet connection. Read on...

James Downey

Do you know how to read a balance sheet and know the value of your hotels assets, liabilities and equity? Can you analyze an income statement as to its profit, revenues and expenses? Do you collect credit card charges on a timely basis? If you answered no to any of these questions, you are at a distinct disadvantage from a financial perspective. This article will explore the financial red flags that creep up on you that can be monitored and controlled before disaster sets in and therefore is too late to take corrective action. Read on...

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Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.