The Changing Role of the Casino Hotel
A hotel addition to a casino has long been recognized as an important amenity for any local casino that seeks to evolve into a regional gaming and entertainment destination. A hotel allows a casino to be more than just a daytrip destination. A well designed and well maintained hotel that is effectively marketed can generate a substantial amount of profit as a stand-alone revenue center. Also, the hotel allows the casino to generate incremental revenue through casino marketing programs.
Traditionally, hotels were developed at casinos as standalone profit centers where a portion of room sales (normally 20%-30%) were allocated towards casino marketing and the remainder sold to transient, group and commercial segments. However, this business model is changing. Casino operators have begun to realize that hotel rooms can be used to overcome locational disadvantages and drive greater revenues into the casino. The trend is to allocate a far greater percentage of hotel rooms to casino marketing, which are then offered to various segments of the database through demand stimulation programs.View Full Article