It’s no easy path being a hotel owner. The hospitality industry is fiercely competitive, and constantly changing to meet the needs of the customers. Yet, there are great opportunities for financial rewards if success is achieved.
With the New Year rapidly approaching, there’s no better time to take a look at some of the biggest hotel owner mistakes made. By contemplating mistakes you might have made, or hope not to make, you can arm yourself with the best weapon of all – knowledge.
Though it may only be November, the new year will be here in the blink of an eye. The hospitality industry is constantly evolving, and you better believe plenty will change and evolve in 2017.
Due to the rapid pace of technology advances and social media, it often seems that hotel owners struggle to simply keep up with the changes. Yet, to be truly competitive in an increasingly competitive market, keeping up with trends isn’t always good enough – you want to strive to be ahead of the trends.
No one can predict the future, but based on data from 2016, you can likely expect these hot hotel trends to take root in 2017 – hint – this is your chance to be ahead of the curve!
In the hospitality industry, the fall into the holiday season is a crucial period. There’s no time to waste, and the more productive your hotel team can be during this time, the more successful the hotel will be. Previously, we discussed why it’s crucial to focus on driving revenue during the holidays. Today we will focus on ways to get internally organized to be ready for the new year, here is what to know in hospitality.
Starting off 2017 on a strong note will set the tone for the rest of the year. Since the holidays often keep everyone overwhelmed and busy until January hits, it’s common for hotels to utilize the first month, or more, of the new year to play catch up. Don’t let this happen, get organized now and you won’t need to play catch up. Your bottom line will thank you for it.
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The beginning of fall is the perfect time to strategically plan how to maximize revenue through the end of the year. When the holidays start to roll around, people are much more inclined to spend, and hotels are a popular item to spend money on.
Especially in the midst of family gatherings, holiday parties and the like, it can be an absolutely gold rush of revenue if you are prepared. We want to help you finish out the year strong so we’ve compiled the following tips for your benefit:
Is your hotel in need of increase revenue from B2B business? We’re guessing yes.
Especially if your hotel’s revenue mostly comes from B2B, this isn’t true of all hotels, but it’s safe to say that B2B revenue typically makes up a large chunk of the revenue pie.
The question remains – how? Of course all hotels desire more B2B revenue, but how do they get it? Through a variety of methods, including, but not limited to, the following.
In a hotel, maintaining peak performance levels requires many resources. Figuring out how to decrease waste while keeping performance standards and levels high, is a challenge to say the least.
Yet, not figuring out how to decrease waste is bad news for your hotel on two fronts – the environment + the bottom line.
Negatively impacting the environment may also negatively impact your hotel’s reputation. It’s no secret that consumers are much more environmentally aware, and take notice when establishments aren’t.
The fact remains that wastefulness must be avoided, with efficiency and sustainability taking it’s place.
When it comes to hotel renovations, the term can be fairly vague at times. For our purposes we will be discussing major capital renovations. Meaning renovations that will increase the life of your asset.
Typically the purpose of a renovation is to strengthen, add or improve revenue streams, which can and will happen when the life of your asset is increased.
When it’s all said and done, we are always striving to increase the value of our hotels, and renovations are an excellent way to do so.
How often should your hotel be renovated? There is no perfect equation that will help you determine that, but keep in mind the fierce competition in the industry as well as constantly changing trends and technological advancements.
Of course, any renovation desired needs to bring a substantial return on the investment for it to be worth it, so as we suggest some renovations that may increase the value of your hotel, be sure to meet with your financial team to discuss what is realistic for your asset.
What is the key to a hotel’s success? Excellent hotel management.
The location, decor and luxury level of a property are factors in success, for example, but surprisingly they aren’t the decisive factors.
Not everyone can afford a perfectly located, luxury hotel. Not all guests pay strict attention to the decor and design of a hotel.
But everyone pays attention to how smooth and welcoming their experience was. Everybody remembers how they were treated. People won’t forget the general feel of a hotel.
Those are all aspects of hotel management.
There is no singular way to define great hotel management, but it is known that excellent hotel management is the key to any hotel’s success, no matter the size or scope of the property.
What are some examples of great hotel management? What should you be looking for, asking for, when it comes time to choose a hotel management company?
Here are a few points to help you answer those questions:
When it comes to revenue opportunities for a hotel, there are two main categories: Sales and Savings.
Both categories are useful and can be applied in different settings. Adopting strategies and implementing new tactics that save money by cutting back on a cost is very beneficial, and is more of a long-term strategy. Investing money up front, perhaps in some sort of product that can be sold, is also an excellent source of income for a hotel.
All too often the quick-pace of life gets in the way of taking the time to assess where more revenue might be saved or acquired, ultimately hurting a hotel’s bottom line.
We’ve compiled a quick list of some often overlooked revenue ideas for hotels from both categories. Ways to save revenue (thus increasing it over time), or to immediately increase revenue.
Choosing the Right Hotel Management Company is Imperative to The Success of Your Hotel. Here’s What to Consider.
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