For many people, starting their own boutique hotel or luxury bed and breakfast is like a dream. Most are drawn by the charm of hospitality and see it as a chance to start a new beginning. But opening a hotel business , just like any new company, is more difficult than it might seem at first sight.
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.
Operating hotels for over more than a decade and a half with the Xotels team, we have noticed that many hotel owners and investors do not always see the need to engage with a hotel asset manager to oversee the strategic management of their lodging business. But if you're not an industry insider, or are not up to speed with the rapidly evolving complexity and competitiveness of the hospitality industry, you might find yourself with a missed opportunity of optimizing profitability as well as mitigating risk exposure. Hotel Asset Management plays a key role in achieving a strong return on investment.
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.
By adopting a proactive stance and implementing a series of tried-and-tested tactics, your hotel can blossom in what traditionally is considered low season. Read on to discover our five best practice steps to attract guests and increase hotel revenue during a low occupancy phase at any time of the year.
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.