HotStats Limited · 3 Dec
The hotel industry has long been obsessed with revenue. But if you care about a hotel's operational health, relying on revenue alone only tells one chapter of the whole story.
HotStats Limited · 4 Nov
Tracking the evolution of key performance indicators (KPIs) over time allows hoteliers to identify meaningful trends, create forecasts and budgets and assess the results of different strategies. To perform this kind of analysis, data has to be recorded within consistent time intervals and in chronological order. This is known as a time series.
HotStats Limited · 10 Oct
Revenue per available room, or RevPAR, has historically been the most widely used metric for benchmarking performance in the hospitality industry. Its success as a key performance indicator or KPI is the result of its efficiency and simplicity. RevPAR is efficient because it combines the results of both occupancy and average rate into one number. And it's simple, because all you need to calculate it is occupancy and average rate:
HotStats Limited · 27 Sep
Online travel agencies are digging their fingers further into the hotel industry. One of the latest disrupting features comes from Booking Holdings-owned Agoda and its Mix and Save option, which it hails as a win for budget-conscious travelers. It could also be a loss for hotel operators.
HotStats Limited · 30 Aug
There was a time when food and beverage within the hotel space was viewed as a necessary evil. Hotel guests were lucky if they awoke to a continental breakfast and often had to be satisfied by a hallway vending machine.
HotStats Limited · 15 Aug
Financial performance in the hospitality industry is traditionally measured in absolute terms: actuals for the relevant KPIs are compared against their budgeted numbers and, from this assessment, action plans are developed to correct course when needed. Moreover, in the presence of changes in market conditions, budgets are revised to make goals reflect the new business environment.
HotStats Limited · 7 Aug
Sporting events typically serve as huge hotel demand generators for a city. And when the games are really meaningful—such as a playoff round or championship final—they become even hotter tickets, which means a greater need for hotel rooms—for guests who are attending the games and those who are there just to share in the experience. These high-demand times typically (should) equate to higher occupancy, higher rates and (hopefully) higher monthly profitability.
HotStats Limited · 30 Jul
There are myriad acronyms in the glossary of hospitality financial analysis, but two in particular haunt hotel managers like a specter: ADR (average daily rate) and RevPAR (revenue per available room).
HotStats Limited · 15 Jul
In mid-June, HFTP hosted the 47th annual Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference, better known as HITEC. The event occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota and welcomed more than 6,000 attendees, making it one of the largest hospitality technology conferences in the world. What brought these people together? A common interest in hospitality technology.
HotStats Limited · 8 Jul
Hosting a premier sporting event isn't just a mark of stature—it can be a boon for the city's hotel industry. From the Super Bowl and the World Series in the U.S., to the World Rugby Sevens Series held in a variety of locations, from the UAE and South Africa, to New Zealand and Hong Kong, sporting events are a facilitator of traveler demand.
HotStats Limited · 13 Jun
A hotel operator, a hotel owner, and an asset manager walk into a bar… sounds like the setup to a terrible joke, right? But growing and maximizing revenues is no laughing matter, especially in a listless RevPAR environment. According to a recent equity note from Baird, RevPAR growth expectations in the U.S. have declined by 25 to 50 basis points since the beginning of the year. HotStats data shows that 2019 Q1 RevPAR was up 1.2 percent over the same period last year; in Europe, RevPAR was only up 0.7 percent over the same period.
HotStats Limited · 7 Jun
In a previous blog post, I took aim at RevPAR. My pursuit: to puncture the long-held notion that it's the most exemplary data point to consult within the hospitality industry. And, according to one comment, I succeeded in doing so (thank you, Don Weintraub, you made my mother very proud).
HotStats Limited · 17 May
Imagine you're scouting a young baseball player or footballer—someone experts have pegged as the next Derek Jeter or Lionel Messi. You can't, however, just take their word for it; you have to see their performance for yourself and also dig into the numbers—into how they rate statistically.