Revenue Management is used by many service-based organisations to enable prices to be set strategically to maximise revenue and profitability. An understanding of revenue management practices will enable you to apply data-based decision making to answer important questions such as what to sell when to sell, who to sell to, and at what price. Topics covered include revenue management metrics; demand forecasting; value-based pricing; inventory management; distribution channel management; and competitor benchmarking. You will learn about the role of Revenue Manager and how this professional role interacts with and is influenced by, other departments within an organisation to optimise revenue outcomes. You will put your skills in revenue management into practice as you work in teams to manage a simulated hotel using the Hotel Operations, Tactics and Strategy (HOTS) system to implement strategic pricing and revenue management decisions.
|Academic unit:||Bond Business School|
|Subject title:||Strategic Pricing and Revenue Management|
Delivery & attendance
|Attendance and learning activities:||Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible. Students will work in groups regularly during computer laboratory/seminars where a system called HOTS will be used. Time must be spent outside of scheduled class time on subject preparation including completion of activities for the compulsory HOTS computer laboratory classes.|
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the competitor environment with regards to customer value and pricing strategy.
- Develop and justify demand forecasts for accommodation businesses.
- Compare the pricing and rate management strategies used by service organisations to maximise revenue.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the pricing and revenue management strategies of accommodation and service-based businesses.
- Implement strategies to maximise revenue for accommodation services.
- Interpret key revenue management metrics for accommodation and service based businesses.
- Demonstrate effective contribution to a team which is responsible for implementation of management decisions intended to maximise revenue in a simulated hotel.
|Class Participation||Class Preparation & Participation||10%||Ongoing||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.|
|Written Report||Individual Departmental report on first quarter’s revenue and operational performance of allocated simulated hotel.||20%||Week 5||3, 4, 5, 6.|
|Oral Presentation §||Executive Management Team Oral Presentation of the first 9-months’ revenue and operational performance of allocated simulated hotel.||20%||Week 7||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.|
|Written Report §||Individual Report on 2-Year revenue and operational performance of allocated simulated hotel.||30%||Week 12||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.|
|Paper-based Examination (Closed)||Comprehensive Final Examination||20%||Final Examination Period||1, 2, 3, 4, 6.|
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|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
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An introduction to the role of revenue management in service industries will be provided. Subject expectations will be outlined along with a detailed overview of subject assessments.
The concept of strategic pricing is introduced and its relationship to customer value is considered.
Activities, cases and group discussions will consider how accommodation and other service-based businesses vary prices for their services based on customer characteristics and a range of other factors.
How does a service business know how many customers to expect? The typical strategies used by accommodation businesses to forecast customer demand will be explained.
What is the most profitable way to manage a service’s inventory? The techniques used to manage inventory in a way that maximises revenue are explored to answer this question!
A range of tools and applications will be considered that enable accommodation and other service operators to sell inventory through a diverse set of distribution channels.
A range of analytical methods available to assess the performance of revenue management strategies are considered. Tools commonly used by the accommodation industry to monitor their revenue performance will also be demonstrated.
Applications of pricing and revenue management strategies specific to Food and Beverage services will be explored.
A range of case study applications of pricing and revenue management strategies specific to the Cruise Industry and Luxury Day Spa sector will be explored.
The diverse applications of revenue management will be reinforced as a range of case studies from the entertainment, sports and events sectors are considered.