Hotel Revenue Management Glossary

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Fair Market Share

What is the meaning/definition of Fair Market Share in the hospitality industry?

Fair Market Share is an indication that a hotel’s overall performance stacks up against its immediate competitors.

A hotel within a competitive set can work out if it’s getting its Fair Market Share through a simple calculation:

  • Fair Market Share = Total number of rooms at the hotel / Total number of rooms in the comp set
Fam Trip

What is the meaning / definition of FAM Trip in the hospitality industry?

The term FAM stands for Familiarisation. The Tours - commonly known as FAM Trips - are trips organised by travel providers (can be a Tour Operator, an Airline, a Hotel Chain, a Tourism Board or other DMOs representing a Destination, etc.) with the purpose of educating about their products & services and promoting them.

Synonyms: Fam Tour, farm trip
FC - Fixed Costs

What is the meaning / definition of Fixed Costs in the hospitality industry?

Fixed Costs, abbreviated as FC, are costs which are invariable, meaning they stay relatively constant in value despite changes in production or sales rates. Fixed Costs, mixed costs and variable costs make up the total costs at any business. In the hospitality industry Fixed Costs make up a large percentage of total costs incurring, as hotels require many expensive assets such as buildings, technology, furniture and equipment. Successful Hotel Operators are able to reduce Fixed Costs, thereby increasing profitability for hospitality businesses

Synonyms: Invariable Costs, FC, Fixed Costs
Feeder City

What is the meaning / definition of Feeder City in the hospitality industry?

The term Feeder City refers to cities of origin which feed travelers to hubs or gateway cities. Basically it is to determine where does the tourism come from.

Fenced Rate

What is the meaning / definition of Fenced Rate in the hospitality industry?

The term Fenced Rate refers to reservations that offer certain benefits for bookers: under some conditions and requirements.

FFE - Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment

What is the meaning / definition of Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment in the hospitality industry?

FFE stands for Furniture, Fixtures, or other Equipment that has no permanent connection to the structure of the building. It is an accounting term used in valuing, selling, or liquidating a company or building. When valuing a company it is important to consider FFE as they may depreciate substantially.

Synonyms: FFE, Furniture Fixtures Equipment, Furniture Fixtures and Equipment
Flash Sales

What is the meaning / definition of Flash Sales in the hospitality industry?

Flash Sales are highly discounted and time-limited sale promotions. Hotels usually use this way of discounted sales to sell an unsold inventory. Selling those ‘hot deals’ is an opportunity for underperforming hotels to generate growth.
Flash sales can be initiated by email campaigns, which reach consumers who are usually not contacted through existing distribution channels.

FOC - Free of charge

What is the meaning / definition of FOC in the hospitality industry?

FOC stands for: Free of charge.

Synonyms: Free of charge, FOC
Forecast

What is the meaning / definition of Forecast in the hospitality industry?

Any hotel seeking to maximise profits, should look ahead and try to predict a future situation. One way to do this in an organised manner, is to create something called a Forecast. Forecasting can be done at any time of year, by any kind of establishment in the hospitality sector (not only large hotels but also small, independent hotels) across the world.

The best way to Forecast future bookings and demand is to use a calculation – to ask a relatively simple question: 'At our hotel, what is the likely expected revenue in 2016, based on our revenue management team's analysis of figures from 2015 (occupancy and average rate)?'

Franchise Fee

What is the meaning / definition of Franchise Fee in the hospitality industry?

The Franchise Fee or cost is an initial payment that a franchisee makes towards his franchisor in order to join the franchise.

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