Fundamentally it has been a completely different year from any other - many referring to a “new normal” - bringing a plethora of contrasts to the industry when comparing hospitality to pre-covid times. This urges the need to review what trends have come and go, and put any concerns into perspective.
Capturing hotel guest data and information including email addresses and other contact details has become a fundamental part of any successful hotel management strategy. Central to a winning strategy is an intelligent, modern email marketing approach. Even with the rise of social media and other digital communication channels, email remains the channel of reference for hotels to build a well-rounded distribution strategy, drive direct sales, issue special offers, and promote online reputation management.
The unofficial definition of Revenue Management used by insiders is ‘the art of turning away business’. This certainly does not apply during the current Covid-19 (coronavirus) global healthcare crisis, and the economic downturn the hotel industry is facing in its aftermath. All the standard strategies and playbooks are out of the window right now. So what to do?
It is a question I often hear when explaining what we do at Xotels. People seem surprised hotels are willing to hand over a vital part of their strategies to a 3rd party. Such a sensitive and key part to the success of your business as revenue management should not be left to an ‘outside’ company many hoteliers respond.
Hotel low season revenue has long been considered to simply be an unfortunate fact of the industry. It brings less demand and, therefore, lower revenues too. But the industry has changed so much in such a short space of time, and hotels no longer have to accept that low season automatically means slow business.
It's that time of the year again when searches for queries such as "Hotel Marketing Trends 2020" or "Year in Review" literally explode. It looks like, every December, we all transform into new-year-resolutions-freaks.