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Now that 2016 is coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on our top three most popular hotel operations related blogs. If your hotel strives to perform even better in 2017, then it’s a great time to find a little motivation and guidance in one of the following blogs:

hotel owner mistakes

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.

what to know in hospitality

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.

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.

hotel management company

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:

Total Revenue Management for Hotels

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.

Whether you have a hotel already, are in the process of acquiring one or have plans to build one in the near future, you’re going to want to everything within your power to maximize your investment, right?

employee engagement for hotels

What does it take to be a successful and thriving hotel? Many things. Yet, we can simplify it to one extremely important detail – team member happiness and satisfaction.

Think back for a minute to a customer service experience, or two, you’ve had that went badly. Why did it go poorly? Why was it a negative customer service experience? Notably there may be a variety of reasons, but more often than not customer service scenarios that result in an unhappy customer likely stemmed from an unhappy employee.

guest experience management

As we head into the busy seasons of Spring and Summer, it’s more important than ever to have standard operating procedures in place.

We’ve already detailed why SOP’s are crucial for internal processes, and now we’ll further explain why they are just as crucial for enhancing the guest’s experience.

Hotels that clearly pay attention to small details and are committed to customer service will always differentiate themselves. A hotel with branded and recognizable SOP’s will not only stand out, but will attract faithful repeat clients again and again, one of the true keys to loyalty and ultimately long-term success.

Anything your hotel can do to provide a consistently spectacular experience for the guest, is well-worth the time, effort, and resources required. Here are three key reasons why, and how, SOP’s enhance the experience.

Spring Cleaning for Hotels

No detail is too small when it comes to the hospitality industry. This idea can be applied to every area of hospitality, but today we are specifically referring to cleaning. Spring is on it’s way, and it’s time to begin developing a plan of attack for the annual “Spring Cleaning.” When we say no detail is too small, we mean it. Guests can and will notice everything, and your property is always one coffee stain away from either a less favorable review, or a lack of repeat business. This isn’t to say that every single guest is working overtime to find the smallest of details to whine about, of course not, but it’s general good practice to be detail-oriented and acutely aware of the guest experience. Not to mention, competition among hotels is fierce and anything you can do to stand out is worth doing, and attention to small details will certainly help you stand out.

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