While revenue management systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated at allowing hotel operators to optimize their pricing strategies on room rates, they are only just beginning to tap the potential of other guest fees.
“One reason comparison of ancillary fees has lagged behind room rates is because the presence of ancillary fees can vary by market. For example, in the U.S., hotels often charge for Wi-Fi, while in Europe it is often free,” said Ryan Haynes, VP Marketing for eRevMax – RateTiger.
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With so many channels to track on a daily basis, hotel companies can’t afford to slip up. On the positive side, technology has evolved considerably to keep distribution and revenue management executives up-to-date in this multi-channel environment.
Hotel companies continue to pursue a connectivity strategy that provides the broadest reach possible at the lowest unit cost while being as accurate as possible. In today’s multi-channel environment, hoteliers need quick access to hotel-rate data and inventory positions on various sales channels. With online sales bringing increased revenue, it’s vital that hotels proactively manage their online presence and ensure room rates and availability accurately reflect their current status on all sales channels.
The process of doing this manually is now a thing of the past and even having separate pieces of software to manage different aspects of online sales is almost outdated. “Over the last couple of years we have seen increased focus on integrated applications, wherein hotels can do most of these complex tasks through a single system,” says Michael McCartan, chief executive officer, eRevMax International.