Hotel Revenue Management Glossary

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Auction Site

What is the meaning / definition of Auction Site in the hospitality industry?

A auction site is a website, where the price of a product or service is determined by the winning bid. The auction site allows the user to name their own price for any posted products or services within a certain time frame. The price rises depending on the bidding people. The person who bid with the highest price within the set time frame will be the winner.
This tool is often used by Hotel Revenue Managers to sell unsold inventory at a lower price, in an opaque way.

Synonyms: auction, auction site

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

Availability is the amount of rooms at the hotel open for sales for a specific set of dates and / or type of accommodation.

B2B (Business to Business)

What is the meaning / definition of B2B (Business to Business) in the hospitality industry?

Known as Business to Business, a term that refers to the sale of products or services from one business to another.

Examples of B2B are outsourcing hotel staff from a company, wholesale food purchasing, hotel maintenance performed by an outside company and company hotel bookings. Rather than B2C, B2B can refer to either the generation of a sale from a company or the hotel purchasing a service or product from another company.

Synonyms: Business to Business
B2C (Business to Consumer)

What is the meaning / definition of B2C in the hospitality industry?

Known as Business to Consumer/ Customer is a term that refers to the sale of products or services to individual customers and/or guests to create a profit. B2C is the most common way that hotel sales are made, which is why it is important to target this demographic when advertising and promoting a hotel.

B2C consumers are independent and/or leisure guests and are more likely to stay for longer periods of time, spend more on extra services and pay for room upgrades. More B2C consumers also book rack rates than B2B guests, and do not require a corporate or business booking discount. Business to Customers guests do not have extra negotiated terms when staying at a hotel like a B2B hotel guest contract. These guest’s finical transactions are easier and done swiftly upon check out, where in B2B, the payments may come at the end of the year or month after multiple people, booked through the business, have left.

Synonyms: Business to Consumer
BAR - Best Available Rate

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

BAR stands for Best Available Rate which is the lowest rate of the day that is available for guests to book. The BAR rates are available to the general public, does not require pre-payment and does not impose cancellation or change penalties and/or fees, other than those imposed as a result of a hotel property's normal cancellation policy.

Synonyms: BAR, Best Available Rate
BAR Pricing Strategy

What is the meaning / definition of BAR Pricing Strategy?

A BAR Pricing Strategy is a revenue management strategy, based on the Best Available Rate. It is also called a fixed tiers approach because, you are going to fix your BAR, meaning the lowest price available in your hotel and set the other rates according to it. For example, your BAR is set at 100 euros. Your reward program rate will be 50% off the BAR and your OTA price, 30% off the BAR.

Synonyms: BAR pricing strategy, Best Available Rate Pricing Strategy,
Beach Resort

What is the meaning / definition of Beach Resort in the hospitality industry?

A Beach Resort is a full service holiday lodging facility, located at the seaside, with access to a private beach. The beach being the primary focus for tourists. A Beach Resort offers a wide range of services and amenities and typically includes entertainment and recreational activities.

Synonyms: Beach resort, beach
Bed Nights

What is the meaning / definition of Bed Nights in the hospitality industry?

Bed Nights is a measurement term used in the hospitality industry. It allows key insights that other measurements overlook. It allows key insights that other measurements overlook and it is key in every Revenue Management Strategy.

How to calculate Bed Nights?

Total number of beds occupied by a person/ total number of beds available = Bed Night

Take for example a hotel with 50 rooms - each room has two Beds. Therefore the hotel has a total of 100 beds available for every night. Now imagine your hotel has 50 people staying for a night. These 50 people could, if each books their own room occupy 100%, creating full occupancy of your hotel. But, on the other hand they could also only occupy 50%, or a composition (ranging from 50% to 100%). Instead of calculating occupancy percentage (Occ. Rooms/ Total Rooms available = Occ %) - you could therefore calculate Bed Nights %. Allowing you an insight in how your hotel is performing on Bed occupancy. So why do this ?

As the famous statement by Peter Drucker goes: "You can't manage what you can't measure." Therefore, if you notice that your facilities are currently underperforming although your occupancy percentage has been stable, you might want to calculate Bed Nights in order to identify if your hotel was occupied by less people per room than usually. This measurement therefore can give crucial insights and allows you to take actions to increase bed nights. This can be done for example only accepting two people to double rooms. If your hotel profits largely from its in-house facilities Bed Nights % is a must have ratio, that can allow you to increase revenues greatly.


 What is the meaning / definition of ‘Bizcation’ in the hospitality industry?

The term ‘Bizcation’ is formed by blending the words ‘Business’ and ‘Vacation’.
By combining business and leisure travel (also known as Bleisure), people can combine work trips and vacation as a chance to explore new and exciting places whilst being away for work.
Example: The office sends you to Spain, and you invite your family along to get the most out of your corporate-paid hotel room.
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Synonyms: Bleisure, Workcation

What is the meaning / definition of Bleisure?

Bleisure is a term used to describe travel that combines both business and leisure, by not comitting to one purpose solely. People on a bleisure trip, will typically add some extra days to their business trip in order to relax. This is often due to the fact that they have conveniently travelled to a holiday destination as part of their business trip.The term bleisure is also valid, when describing a leisure trip which transforms into a business trip.
It may be claimed that the combination of leisure and business during a business trip can reduce stress that is accompanied with the travelling. Thereby turning the business trip into a more pleasant experience. This might also positively translate into the business which is conducted during the trip.

Example: The office sends you to Scotland, and you invite your spouse along to get the most out of your corporate-paid hotel room.

See also:
Synonyms: Workcation, Bizcation

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

Booking is an act of reserving an accommodation, a table, a seat, a flight, a trip etc. in advance.

Booking Curve

What is the meaning / definition of Booking Curve in the hospitality industry?

Booking Curve is a tool that can visually show how bookings materialise over a certain period in time. It includes data like room pickup, bookings and availability.

Booking Pace

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

In most industries, speed is of the essence! Hospitality is no different. Pace – the rate at which reservations are made for a particular date – is important to control and also to monitor. Why? Because if you can see a pattern forming as reservations build for a certain date, weekend, week or even an entire month each year, this can be immensely helpful when it comes to forecasting: trying to accurately foresee and calculate projected demand and therefore revenue in future years. A hotel can pre-empt a swell of interest (i.e. a noticeable rise in bookings) towards a particular forthcoming date, and manage their finances and other areas of business accordingly, with the ultimate aim of maximising revenue.

Synonyms: pace
Booking Window

What is the meaning/definition of Booking Window in the hospitality industry?

Booking window is similar to Lead Time. It’s the period of time between the reservation is made by the guests or a group and the actual arrival date to the hotel.

Boutique Hotel

What is the meaning / definition of Boutique Hotel in the hospitality industry?

A Boutique Hotel is a small and intimate hotel, helt in a stylish design decor with a personal note. It has a unique character and distinguishes itself from other hotel brands. It it true to its heritage, it provides guests with great and ultra-personalized service and is typically situated in a fashionable urban location.

Synonyms: Boutique Hotel, boutique

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