Cornell Report Shows How Using Priceline Can Increase Hotel Revenue
Judicious use of sales sites like Priceline.com can be an integral part of hotel revenue management strategy
As part of their room sales strategy, many hotels make rooms available at reduced rates through such web sites as Priceline.com. While this approach fills rooms, it also creates challenges regarding how the price point will affect hotel revenue, explains Chris Anderson, an assistant professor at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. In a new report from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR), Anderson and coauthor Radium Yan, who is with InterContinental Hotels Group, America, show that judicious use of Priceline's reports to set optimum rates can be an effective hotel revenue management strategy. The report, "Making the most of Priceline's Name-Your-Own-Price Channel," is available from the CHR at no charge at
Priceline's name your own price application allows consumers to bid on hotel rooms with certain specifications. But the consumer does not know what hotels have placed rooms in the Priceline system. The hotel revenue manager is faced with a decision about what price to charge, because the hotel will sell the room only if it is priced sufficiently below the customer's bid. Priceline provides reports on bids received, which allows the analysis developed by Anderson and Yan. The report includes a sample of the spreadsheet calculations to optimize revenue through Priceline.
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The purpose of the Center for Hospitality Research is to enable and conduct research of significance to the global hospitality and related service industries. CHR also works to improve the connections between academe and industry, continuing the School of Hotel Administration's long-standing tradition of service to the hospitality industry. Founded in 1992, CHR remains the industry's foremost creator and distributor of timely research, all of which is posted at no charge for all to use. In addition to its industry advisory board, CHR convenes several industry roundtables each year for the purpose of identifying new issues affecting the hospitality industry.
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