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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...

David Chitlik

The decision to appeal a hotel's property assessment for tax purposes is only the first of a series of judgments before the case is resolved. Who will defend the appeal? Based on what facts? How far is an appellant willing to go to gain a remedy for the assessment? In order to be successful in this effort, particularly if the appeal involves a large amount of money or is extremely complicated, the hotelier would be wise to seek out expert guidance. With this decision, new questions arise of where to find that guidance and how much it will ultimately cost. Read on...

Paul van Meerendonk

The evolution of revenue management has taken hotels from dynamic pricing of transient rates to a holistic strategy of maximizing profitability across multiple revenue streams. Revenue management has moved far beyond the Microsoft Excel expert in a small back office and now involves multiple stakeholders from several departments, all influencing overall revenue strategy with each of their key areas of function. Today's hotel leaders are tasked with converging the traditional roles of sales, marketing, meetings & events and revenue management with an inclusion of other departments like F&B, banquets and finance. Read on...

Paul van Meerendonk

Over the years, the pool of data sources hotels utilize within their business strategies has grown exponentially larger. The propagation of its importance within the development of short- and long-term vision and strategic planning has also become more commonplace than in years past. Innovative breakthroughs in technology and analytics mean organizations continue to see more opportunities to leverage data in meaningful ways. However, the alternative side is the steep volumes of data can be dauntingly large and intricately complex. Organizations that focus on using the right types of data -- with an infrastructure that can effectively leverage it -- can confidently reach ambitious profit goals. Read on...

Gino Engels

It's easy to feel intimidated by today's travel distribution landscape. Travelers are changing the way they buy, new players are disrupting existing monopolies, OTAs are buying each other, and hoteliers have access to so much data that it's become a full-time job to interpret it and put it into use. The key is to find ways to interpret this data, act on it quickly and leveraging technologies that can help with this. As long as you continue to strive to understand the market - and, most importantly, your guests - you'll be able to tap into the opportunities that, as a whole, make all the difference to your bottom line. Read on...

David Lund

What information can I get from my monthly P&L to understand my business and make better decisions?" and "What's going on in my business?" The latter is the better, more applicable, piece for an operations manager who has a healthy sense of curiosity and a leader who wants to make a difference. These are the muscles you need to develop as a hospitality financial leader. It is not up to someone else (accounting) to chase you down and to get you on top of your numbers. It is the other way around. The sooner you see the opportunity in all of this the better for you and your career. It is not difficult. If someone stands in your way, find a way around them. Most leaders will not naturally do this, will you be one that does? Read on...

Bhanu Chopra

You may have a sizable stock of inventory. You may also have revenue managers who know how to leverage pricing strategies. Moreover, you may have access to a variety of channels to reach your target market. But, is that all you need to ensure high revenue? Despite having all these goodies, your hotel's revenue-making potential can suffer on account of revenue leakages, which often go unnoticed. Avoiding them will make an immense difference to your hotel's bottom line. But, before we get there, let us understand these glitches in detail. Read on...

David Lund

This aricle is an overview of a six-month financial leadership project that I recently completed at a full-service hotel. The project consisted of six half-day hospitality financial leadership workshops delivered in-house and monthly 1-1 leadership coaching appointments with the 15 managers assigned to the program. Each month of the project we completed a group workshop and each manager had a coaching meeting with me. The project goal had five measurable elements. It was to get the managers and leaders of this hotel to complete their monthly departmental financial forecasts, track their results throughout the month, adjust their spending on labor and supplies according to business volumes, review their month-end statements for accuracy and finally write their departmental monthly hotel management commentary. In other words, get the core management team to do these tasks each month while improving forecasts and the hotel's financial results. Read on...

Mark Heymann

Hotel organizations dutifully churn out reports filled with the ever-growing volume of data technology has made available, creating information overload for the managers tasked with analyzing them. By streamlining the process and sticking to the numbers that truly matter, managers make smarter decisions that have real impact on their hotel's business. The more management shares effective data with the staff, the better performance will be. Monthly or quarterly review of certain numbers can be used as a tool to motivate employees. As the saying goes, people do what you inspect not what you expect. Read on...

Bhanu Chopra

You may have a sizeable stock of inventory. You may also have revenue managers who know how to leverage pricing strategies. Moreover, you may have access to a variety of channels to reach your target market. But, is that all you need to ensure high revenue? Despite having all these goodies, your hotel's revenue-making potential can suffer on account of revenue leakages, which often go unnoticed. Avoiding them will make an immense difference to your hotel's bottom line. But, before we get there, let us understand these glitches in detail. Read on...

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Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.