15-Year Survey Reveals F&B Decline in Hotels, but Potential Remains
A new study by hospitality intelligence firm, HotStats, identified that profit per available room in the Food and Beverage department has dropped by 19.6% at Regional UK hotels due to declining revenues and increasing costs.
Food and Beverage Revenue per available room at Regional UK hotels was recorded at £31.65 in 2015, 8.5% behind the peak in 2007 at £34.46, but has recovered slightly from the low of £29.98 recorded in 2011.
At hotels in both London and the Regions, approximately 30% of all Food and Beverage revenue is derived from the conference and banqueting department, with Room Service accounting for 4.2% of all departmental revenue at Regional hotels, compared to 6.7% in London in 2015.
For Regional hoteliers, the growing cost of labour in the Food and Beverage department has been a key challenge to profitability, with an 11.8% increase in payroll recorded over the last 15 years on a per available room basis.
In addition to the increase in payroll, a 7.0% revenue decline contributed to Regional Food and Beverage profit conversion falling to 33.8% in 2015 from 39.2% in 2000, which is in spite of savings in Cost of Sales (-1.0 pts) and Direct Expenses (-1.2 pts).
Whilst hotels in London have recorded a similar uplift in departmental payroll over the last 15 years (+11.7%), a 6.2% increase in Food and Beverage revenue has contributed to the capital's hoteliers recording their highest ever TrevPAR in 2015 at £143.04.
Hotels in London have, broadly, managed to maintain profit margins in the Food and Beverage department, at 37.0% in 2015, compared to 37.2% in 2000. However, at £24.85 in 2015, Food and Beverage revenue was equivalent to just 22.0% of total revenue, a decline from the 25.6% contribution in 2000.
Pablo Alonso, Hotstats CEO said of the results, "The growth in Food and Beverage revenue over the last 15 years has been well behind the growth in Rooms Revenue. If it had kept pace, we would be looking at a very different shaped P&L right now with TrevPAR at close to £175 in London in 2015, rather than £143."
Pablo added, "Whilst the current regional picture is slightly more bleak, as it appears the Food and Beverage department has been somewhat neglected in recent years, refocusing resources on this key department presents a strong opportunity to increase its contribution to overall revenue and profitability."
The HotStats publication, 'Benchmarking Beyond RevPAR' is available now to download for free at www.hotstats.com.
HotStats provides a unique profit and loss benchmarking service to hoteliers from across the globe that enables monthly comparison of hotels' performance against competitors. It is distinguished by the fact that it maintains in excess of 500 key performance metrics covering 70 areas of hotel revenue, cost, profit and statistics, providing far deeper insight into the hotel operation than any other tool. The HotStats database totals millions of hotel rooms worldwide. For more information, visit www.hotstats.com.