Hotel Effectiveness Blog

How Does My Amount of Overtime Compare to Other Hotels?

Scheduling

Most hotels use overtime at some point to manage periods when they are exceptionally busy, short-staffed, or working on special projects.  One frequent question that comes up is how much […]

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An Easy Change that Reduced Housekeeping Costs by 7.4%

Housekeeping

  Here’s a simple change that most hotels can benefit from: Housekeeping is a huge cost for every hotel.  Virtually every hotel has some kind of efficiency tracking usually based […]

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How Would President Obama’s Proposed Change in Overtime Rules Impact Hotels?

Labor Costs

On March 13th, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to use its rule-making authority to update overtime rules.  As he said: Unfortunately, millions of Americans aren’t getting the extra […]

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Hotels on the edge of default

How 3% over-spending on labor led to a $100,000 default

Labor Costs

We recently did some analysis for a large select service hotel that had a ‘little labor problem’ that turned into a nightmare for the owner.  Here’s the story: The GM of […]

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Entrepreneurs Take on the Tax Man

Uncategorized

A good article in the WSJ (Entrepreneurs Take On Tax Man) about how aggressive many small business owners are being about disputing their property tax assessments.  I firmly believe that […]

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What Hotels Might Get Sick From Health Care Reform

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Our COO Taylor Beauchamp has co-authored an article in this month’s issues of Lodging Magazine on the impact of health care reform on the hotel industry.    Check it out at […]

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Hotels, Don’t Outsource Your Strategic Thinking

General

I heard recently about a group of 30 hotels in a particular geography that had RevPAR performance from negative 7% to negative 45% this January vs. last January.  Even in […]

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How to Take the Shine off of Your Brand – On Purpose

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One of the things that makes business cycles fascinating is the changes to the status quo that come from big economic changes.  Since this is the biggest change of our […]

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For Hotel Owners Worry About 2010, Not 2009

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The last week has been a lot of dismal news to say the least.  The massive job cuts that were well publicized last week jolted the stock market and the […]

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Payroll Alert: You may have 27 pay periods in 2009!

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This is more of a quick alert since many business people are not aware that for many employers this will be a ‘leap’ pay period year.  What that means is […]

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