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In this article we look at four core challenges in revenue management: incomplete data, the influence of cognitive biases on decision-making, the effects of knowledge and skill gaps, and the issues associated with black-box systems.

NB: This is an article from Demand Calendar

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We will explore the potential risks posed by each challenge and offer practical advice for revenue managers and hotel CEOs to safeguard their financial performance. Many hotel CEOs are happy with how revenue managers work and never question if there are better ways of protecting and growing total revenue, so let’s start with the action list for hotel CEOs

Why CEOs Need to Pay Attention

A CEO’s grasp of revenue management challenges directly impacts the hotel’s financial health. By understanding the four pitfalls, CEOs can empower their revenue managers to make better decisions, leading to the following:

  • Increased Revenue: Avoid leaving money on the table due to pricing errors or missed opportunities.
  • Improved Profitability: Optimize costs and maximize returns by addressing inefficiencies.
  • Enhanced Reputation: A well-run revenue management strategy translates to happy guests and positive reviews.
  • Reduced Stress: Give revenue managers the tools and knowledge they need to succeed, fostering a more productive work environment.

The Four Critical Challenges

  1. Incomplete Data: Decisions made on inaccurate or incomplete data are doomed to fail. We’ll explore how to ensure your revenue management team has the correct information at their fingertips.
  2. Cognitive Biases: Human biases can cloud judgment, leading to suboptimal pricing or inventory decisions. We’ll discuss strategies to mitigate these biases and promote more objective decision-making.
  3. Knowledge and Skills Gaps: A lack of expertise can undermine the effectiveness of revenue management initiatives. We’ll delve into training and development opportunities to keep your team sharp.
  4. Black-Box Systems: Opaque algorithms can make understanding how systems make decisions difficult. We’ll examine ways to increase transparency and ensure your revenue management tools work for you, not against you.

Don’t Let Pitfalls Derail Your Success

By addressing these challenges head-on, hotel CEOs can pave the way for a more profitable and sustainable future. Let’s examine each pitfall to better understand the problem, its impact, and best practices.

1. Lack of Data

Revenue managers often struggle with insufficient data, leading to inaccurate forecasting and poor decision-making. The lack of data can be due to fragmented systems, incomplete data capture, outdated technology, or a combination of the above. The immediate solution is to collect data manually and input everything in Excel. Using a spreadsheet is a quick fix rather than a solid long-term solution.

Read the full article at Demand Calendar