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Rising Expenses Cut into Hotel Profitability

Rising Expenses Cut into Hotel Profitability

There are a lot of “double-edged sword” issues on the minds of hotel operators these days. Hotel occupancy has reached record levels, which is attracting the attention of developers and therefore the threat of new competition. Inflation and interest rates ...

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Beating the Budget

Beating the Budget

Hotel managers achieved the winning formula in 2015—they exceeded their budgeted revenue projections while concurrently spending less than expected to operate their hotels. The result was a 2.2 percent profit surplus compared to budget. As general managers, controllers, and directors ...

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USALI Changes Offer New Benchmarks for Hoteliers

USALI Changes Offer New Benchmarks for Hoteliers

Every 10 years or so, the Financial Management Committee (FMC) of the American Hotel & Lodging Association revises the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI). The USALI serves as the industry standard for reporting hotel revenues and ...

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Revenue Premiums Offset Great Costs in Historic Hotels

Revenue Premiums Offset Great Costs in Historic Hotels

When old hotels age gracefully and purposefully, they are able to achieve “grande dame” status. These properties typically compete in the luxury or upper-upscale market segments and frequently outperform the contemporary competition when it comes to occupancy and average daily ...

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