Lodgian Automates 39 Properties with Multi-Property Sales System

Atlanta-based hotel group owner and operator Lodgian Inc. is leveraging innovation to optimize productivity, increase property efficiency and maximize sales in today's challenging economic environment. With 39 properties in 23 states representing six premium brands, Lodgian is one of the largest independent owners and operators in the United States.

Lodgian's full-service hotels compete in midscale and upper scale market segments, each with a unique set of opportunities and challenges. Responding quickly to individual market fluctuations is hampered in similar companies by numerous levels of corporate decision-makers, but not at Lodgian.  By consciously selecting experienced hotel professionals to manage its properties and giving them the most effective technology tools, Lodgian enables its hotels to respond proactively to changes in competitive and economic market conditions.

Daily performance tracking
Lodgian's corporate team consists of a multi-disciplinary group of company and brand specialists responsible for training and strategy, supported by a Web-based multi-property enterprise hotel sales system called hotelSalesPro. The sales system tracks all prospecting, booking and contract activity by property, region, flag and staff to validate and help refine strategies with accurate data that measure program effectiveness and the success of the property-level teams responsible for driving sales and executing tactics.

"We track all of our goals, activities and results in hotelSalesPro," says Kimberly Furlong, Lodgian's vice president of sales and revenue management. "I monitor sales performance reports that show me which properties are performing to plan and deserve recognition and which can benefit from more coaching." 

Lodgian's corporate sales and catering software also generates reporting for the company's shareholders. "Because we are a public company we are required to provide more comprehensive reporting than other operators," says Furlong.  "We use our corporate hotelSalesPro system to generate pacing reports that compare year-over-year booking strength and budget vs. actual sales."    

Control of corporate accounts
Furlong underlined the importance of Lodgian controlling its corporate accounts. "It is imperative that Lodgian Inc. retains ownership of its company sales account data. This information represents extremely valuable future business and it is a company asset. hotelSalesPro enables us to do this more effectively. We evaluated automated sales systems from larger companies, but hotelSalesPro secured our account data and had better multi-property capability," says Furlong. Lodgian also uses the system as its standard property-level sales and catering system to book and control meeting rooms, function requirements, banquet event details, menu selection, BEOs and contract printing as well as sales call tracking and follow up activity.

"To maintain accurate availability that enables more effective selling, Lodgian's Hilton properties utilize an interface between hotelSalesPro and Hilton's OnQ PMS system," Furlong said.  "The interface automatically updates room availability in the sales system so Lodgian salespeople can access accurate near real-time room availability." 
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