I recently read an interesting study regarding the impact of good client management on business. Following some research, I discovered the source of the study: an article listing 75 facts about customer service. Some of these facts seemed fascinating to me, while others struck me as less pertinent to the hospitality industry. Thus, I have prepared for you a brief compilation of the most relevant of these facts. Since these are general statements, it is…

For the past two years, I’ve heard hoteliers complaining about Airbnb, calling it “unfair competition” and “a disaster for the hotel industry”. But yesterday, for the first time, one of my hotelier friends brought up a pertinent question: What if the future of independent hotels is on Airbnb? Shocking, isn’t it! And yet it’s a legitimate thought. When I asked about his experimentation over the past few months, I found his responses and various observations…

Here’s a question that crops up very regularly: what do your guests really expect? If we could read their minds, what the heck would we find? Do you think that, if you were more able to anticipate your guests’ needs, you would be able to improve your revenue? Even though it’s impossible to answer this question perfectly, I nevertheless had a little fun by analyzing the answers that we receive from pre-stay questionnaires. The rather…

Let’s discuss the dream of hoteliers everywhere: to make their guests loyal to the property directly, and to free themselves from the yoke of the OTAs. Is this a readily achievable goal, or is it a pipe dream? At present, I don’t see any way to remove the OTAs from the equation entirely and only take direct bookings. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you can’t achieve significant improvements in terms of your guests’ loyalty…

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