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About this article: What is Hotel Occupation

The most important factor that hotel personnel look at to know if they're successful is hotel occupation. If there are a high percentages of guests, the hotel is doing well. If it is low, then they must see what can be done to attract more guests.

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What is hotel occupation
A Hotel is an establishment that provides board, lodging and other services / facilities on short term or long term basis. A person who makes use of the facility and occupies a hotel room is a guest of such establishment. Hotel occupation is counted on such rooms that have been sold to guests or travelers. A guest pays for the lodging, meals and services availed of from the hotel. The ancillary facilities / services provided by the hotel may vary from restaurants to coffee bars, cocktail lounges, swimming pools, health spas, shopping arcades, 'fine dining' restaurants, laundry and valet services, butler service which caters to an exclusive clientele A basic Hotel would be the standard bed and breakfast, with clean and comfortable accommodation and basic dining facilities.

Hotels flourish depending on the occupancy or the number of rooms occupied by the number of guests within that hotel. A vacant hotel room is revenue lost forever. With hotels sprouting within 100 yards of each other, to maintain a steady occupancy has been a major task. The main challenge is to keep the services and the rates as attractive as possible to draw guests to the hotel. Whilst the hotel management has to maintain a rate within the hotel and government policies, there are certain establishments that would even go to the extent of under-cutting on the room rates, in order to attract patronage.

Hotel occupation changes from time to time and season to season. Whilst some hotels count it as their "peak" occupancy in certain months, there may be other hotels where they would count it as their lowest. It all depends on the country, location, climate, accessability and facilities.Research has shown that some hotels record a decent occupancy rate continually, due to attractions that surround the hotel. If you can maintain occupancy of the hotel at a certain percentage that is profitable, you have won. The success of the hotel depends on the occupancy.

An important factor that has to be taken into consideration to maintain a steady occupancy of the hotel, and to attract more guests, is to throw in more benefits and facilities such as comfortable and clean rooms and bedding, clean linen and toiletries, free Wi-Fi and internet access, In-room safe, tea and coffee facilities; reward programmes for repeated guests would be added bonus.

Staff and service is an important element if you need your guest to come back or to spread a good word about you.. Whilst facilities are important, pleasant and cordial staff is a must for any hotel. Study has shown that quite a number of repeated guests patronize the same hotel repeatedly, due to the fact that the management and staff go that extra mile to make their stay as comfortable as possible. Thereby, the hotel occupancy improves.

These are basic factors that a guest would be looking for, and a sure way of maintaining a good occupancy rate in the hotel. After all in the hotel trade, the "Guest is the King".
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