Hospitality Financial Leadership – A Bit About “You Sally”
Hospitality Financial Leadership – A Bit About “You Sally” — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 30 Nov

By someone's estimate there are roughly one million hotels in the world. I take it that number includes all the different kinds of hotels from small inns and hostels all the way up to your full-service multi-outlet mega hotel operations. For simple math I am going to estimate that half of this number of hotels fall into the small inns and hostels, and that leaves 500,000 of what I'm going to call real hotels.

4 Reasons GOPPAR Should Be on Your List of KPIs
4 Reasons GOPPAR Should Be on Your List of KPIs — By David Eisen

HotStats Limited · 26 Nov

With the pandemic still raging and hotel operations still in flux, hoteliers are still left figuring out what to do next. Churning out profit in the age of COVID is a Herculean task, but consulting the right data can be a step in the right direction.

2021 hotel trends and concepts in ‘a new normal’
2021 hotel trends and concepts in ‘a new normal’ — By Bob Rauch, Sarah Andersen

RAR Hospitality · 25 Nov

The hospitality industry has endured tremendous shifts and disruptions over the past year, forcing businesses to rapidly implement innovative trends that will reshape the future of hospitality.

Buying a hotel: never without a good liability guarantee agreement!
Buying a hotel: never without a good liability guarantee agreement! — By Christopher Boinet, Anne Epinat, François Gérard Mondi

In Extenso Avocats · 24 Nov

With an asset and liability guarantee agreement (Garantie d'actif et de passif, or GAP, under French law), the buyer obtains a contractual warranty for ensuring that the price it is paying matches the value of the company being sold. A post-sale tax adjustment or industrial tribunal proceedings in favour of an employee? A GAP agreement covers disputes prior to the sale, if these disputes were undeclared or if insufficient provisions were made for them.

Hospitality Financial Leadership - Moving (Part 1)
Hospitality Financial Leadership - Moving (Part 1) — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 23 Nov

In the hotel business if you want to get ahead you better be ready to move. It's the way in which you can multiply your opportunities and increase your chance for greater personal prosperity. That's the way it was explained to me many years ago and it has certainly been my experience. On the flip side, moving is not easy and it can take its toll on you and the people in your relationships.

Voluntary chains vs. Corporate soft brand chains: Which branding strategy offers hotel owners more value?
Voluntary chains vs. Corporate soft brand chains: Which branding strategy offers hotel owners more value? — By Oleksii Kapichin

Hotel Revenue Insights · 17 Nov

In the modern hotel industry, the hotel owners can choose from different branding options: Independence (non-affiliation), traditional franchise, and soft brand that includes voluntary chains and corporate soft brand chains.

6 Tips for Benchmarking Your Way to Success
6 Tips for Benchmarking Your Way to Success — By David Eisen

HotStats Limited · 17 Nov

Like it or not, your hotel is in the middle of a race with the competition — although the current hotel climate may feel more like an obstacle course. Wouldn't it be nice if, during this ongoing marathon, you could peek across at competitors, note their positions and analyze the techniques, equipment and other factors propelling them forward?

HVS Monday Musings: Hotel Feasibility Study will Become Critical in the COVID era
HVS Monday Musings: Hotel Feasibility Study will Become Critical in the COVID era — By Mandeep S Lamba, Dipti Mohan, Akash Datta

HVS · 16 Nov

COVID-19 has dramatically changed every aspect of life as we knew it, including the way we conduct our business. Though demand will be subdued for the near to medium term, we expect the industry to regain its 2019 glory in the next 2-3 years, making this an opportune time to invest in hotels.

Exchange Rate trends, how do they impact hotel performance?
Exchange Rate trends, how do they impact hotel performance? — By Isabella Blengini

EHL · 13 Nov

Switzerland is a very special country because, thanks to its stability, it has always been considered a safe haven where international investors put their resources when there is economic turmoil and uncertainty in the rest of the world. The combination of these two features - a high degree of openness and a currency which has a tendency to appreciate - makes Switzerland a very interesting case study. Why? Because a strong currency reduces the ability of Switzerland to trade.

New Challenges for Hotels: The New California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act of 2020
New Challenges for Hotels: The New California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act of 2020 — By Robert E. Braun

JMBM · 12 Nov

On November 3rd, Californians voted to approve Proposition 24 which amends the California Consumer Privacy Act to include expanded consumer rights and greater privacy protections. Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® and Co-Chair of the Firm's Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, explains the major provisions of the Act and discusses the challenges hotels face as they look to address its requirements.

6 Ways Hotel Benchmarking Can Help the Hotel Industry Rebound
6 Ways Hotel Benchmarking Can Help the Hotel Industry Rebound — By David Eisen

HotStats Limited · 10 Nov

The hotel industry won't emerge from the financial chasm caused by COVID-19 overnight, but recent data already points to a rebound. Benchmarking could help quicken the pace of recovery.

The relationship between the stringency of COVID lockdown measures and GDP
The relationship between the stringency of COVID lockdown measures and GDP — By Reza Etemad-Sajadi

EHL · 9 Nov

What we have learned from the first COVID-19 wave? Insights into how different European countries reacted to the pandemic and how the diverse coping strategies affected their respective economies in the first half of this year. Interesting lessons to be learnt as we enter into a prolonged period of the pandemic.

What Hotel KPIs Analyze Complete Operational Performance?
What Hotel KPIs Analyze Complete Operational Performance? — By David Eisen

HotStats Limited · 3 Nov

Consulting the right hotel KPIs can help juice a hotel's bottom line. But just any old metric won't do. If hoteliers want to uncover financial weak spots, revamp operations and boost profit, it requires complete operational metrics. These KPIs measure efficiency throughout every corner of the hotel.

Hotel industry performance: EHL's Pulse-Taker reveals 5 pain points
Hotel industry performance: EHL's Pulse-Taker reveals 5 pain points — By Jochen de Peuter

EHL Advisory Services · 3 Nov

The year 2020 will be marked in history, surely for the travel and hotel industry. Most hotels suffer from a sudden disruption due to COVID-19 crisis and the consequent travel regulations. Still during these days of crisis, hotel performance and business continuity varies significantly from one hotel to another.

EHL launches European Hotel Transaction Price Index
EHL launches European Hotel Transaction Price Index — By René-Ojas Woltering

EHL · 27 Oct

EHL's Real Estate, Finance & Economics Institute presents the first edition of the European Hotel Transaction Price Index. This project aims to contribute to increased transparency in the European hotel industry by publishing the index on an annual basis. This first edition of the index is based on a total of 1247 hotel transactions across Europe between 2007 and 2019. In 2019, European hotel transactions prices increased by 7.7% vs. the prior year on the back of a record transaction volume of EUR 25.6 bn. For the first time, the index clearly surpassed its previous peak from 2007.

HVS Monday Musings: The Dichotomy between Management Fee and Franchising Fee in India
HVS Monday Musings: The Dichotomy between Management Fee and Franchising Fee in India — By Dipti Mohan, Akash Datta

HVS · 26 Oct

Asset-light operating models have become the main stay for growth of many of the major hotel companies in India, with Management Agreements being the preferred structure. The other major asset-light model - Franchising - though is yet to gain significant traction in the country. Approximately 14% of the total brand signings in 2019 were franchised properties as compared to 10% in 2018. On the other hand, Management Agreements accounted for 76% of the total brand signings in both 2019 and 2018. In contrast, hotel franchises are the most popular model in mature markets like the US, where almost 80% are franchised.

Whose Data Is It Anyway?
Whose Data Is It Anyway? — By Marianna Sigala

University of South Australia · 23 Oct

As the tourism industry looks to rebuild after the shock of COVID-19, priorities and approaches are being rethought and reinvented. Once again, the big opportunities for disruption appear to be digital.

2020 HVS Lodging Tax Report - USA
2020 HVS Lodging Tax Report - USA — By Thomas A. Hazinski, Joseph Hansel

HVS · 23 Oct

While prior HVS annual lodging tax studies have looked back on tax rates and revenues across the United States, this ninth annual Lodging Tax Study also looks forward and assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This analysis of 25 major US markets illustrates the depth of the impact on the hospitality industry and projects a pattern of recovery over the next few years. HVS also provides historical data on tax rates and the collection and distribution of revenue from lodging taxes levied in all 50 States and the 150 largest US cities.

Starbucks Blockchain Shows How to Grow Restaurant Revenues in the New Decade
Starbucks Blockchain Shows How to Grow Restaurant Revenues in the New Decade — By Larry Mogelonsky

Hotel Mogel Consulting Limited · 22 Oct

Amidst so many sensationalized stories about COVID-19 or politics throughout August, you may have missed the coverage of what is potentially a gamechanger in the foodservice and retail industries. First announced over a year ago, Starbucks is now readying to deploy a blockchain network for end-to-end coffee bean traceability and greater product transparency, and this will soon influence what motivates customers to buy at your restaurant, sundry or store.

HVS Guide to Hotel Management Contracts
HVS Guide to Hotel Management Contracts — By Daniel J. Voellm, Eunice Wong

HVS · 21 Oct

Among all the many peculiarities of the hotel industry, the hotel management contract is likely the most unique. A binding contract between owners and operators, it has evolved over almost six decades. In fact, the first hotel management contract was signed for the Hong Kong Hilton, which opened in 1963.

How Operational Efficiency Leads to Optimal Profitability
How Operational Efficiency Leads to Optimal Profitability — By David Eisen

HotStats Limited · 21 Oct

In the hotel industry, the deeper decision-makers can drill down into departmental figures, the easier it is to generate revenue, chisel away at unnecessary costs and post a healthy profit. Simply put, the best decisions are driven by in-depth analysis of departmental revenue and operational costs.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – EFTEs, Productivity Measurements – Why Use Both
Hospitality Financial Leadership – EFTEs, Productivity Measurements – Why Use Both — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 19 Oct

Most hotels measure payroll as a percentage of revenue or, as it is commonly referred to, labor cost percentage. This is not helpful. Why, you ask? Well, first of all, if sales magically increase because of an increase in the average room rate or average cover, your labor cost will automatically improve. Did anyone actually do anything better with the payroll? No. Or, if there is an increase in wages due to an outside force like the minimum wage increased, then your labor cost will suffer and did anyone actually do anything negative? No. So you see the limitations of labor cost percentage.

Adjusting Asset Management Staffing Strategies
Adjusting Asset Management Staffing Strategies — By David Mansbach

AETHOS Consulting Group · 16 Oct

The hotel industry faces an extraordinary challenge today: how to operate a hotel in the "new normal." With the near future so cloudy, it is close to impossible to effectively set accurate property and company forecasts; at this time occupancies and revenue per available room numbers are at painfully inadequate levels.

U.S. Hotel Development Cost Survey 2020
U.S. Hotel Development Cost Survey 2020 — By Luigi Major

HVS · 15 Oct

In 2019, the national lodging market reached new heights, with hotels reporting the highest occupancy and ADR levels ever recorded. Similarly, hotel development continued at a steady pace, with new hotels opening to a burgeoning market and new and exciting projects continuously being moved through the development pipeline. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, government restrictions, travel and group cancellations, and an overall fear of traveling have caused an unprecedented drop in travel and tourism demand in the country and around the world, which has resulted in substantially lower occupancies and average rates.

To pay or not to pay: when dividend policy rhymes with business strategy
To pay or not to pay: when dividend policy rhymes with business strategy — By Cédric Poretti

EHL · 15 Oct

The COVID-19 crisis is putting the global economy under pressure in an unprecedented way. Companies worldwide have been forced to cut their dividend payouts. Based on the Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index (August 2020), global dividends fell by 22% to $382.2bn in the second quarter of 2020. However, significant variations appeared across regions and industries. North American dividends barely changed on a year-on-year basis, while in Europe, 54% of firms reduced their dividend payouts. In France, payouts dropped by 57%, in Spain by 70%, in Germany by 19%, while no change appeared (on a year-on-year basis) in Switzerland.

HVS Musings: Mixed-Use Development - The Most Sustainable Model For Hotels Going Forward
HVS Musings: Mixed-Use Development - The Most Sustainable Model For Hotels Going Forward — By Mandeep S Lamba, Dipti Mohan, Akash Datta

HVS · 14 Oct

Mixed-use development, usually a planned combination of hotels, retail, office or residential space, is a fairly widespread concept globally with several such iconic projects around the world. In the last decade or so, the concept has been gaining ground in India as well, though the combination (two or more elements) of retail, office, and residential spaces have been more popular. However, as investors look to maximize returns through efficient land usage and optimal utilization of FSI, hotels have also been added to the mix.