Unit description

Using seminars and industry specific cases, this unit introduces students to financial information that is used in the planning and decision-making processes, and the use of decision making tools which allow tourism and hotel managers to achieve their key performance targets and to ensure congruence with tourism and hotel corporate objectives.

Unit content

  1. Key components of the balance sheet and income statement
  2. Financial health through ratio analysis
  3. Understanding cash flows and cash budgets
  4. Introduction to managing tourism and hotel operational costs
  5. Estimating hotel start –up operational profit (bottom-up pricing)
  6. Understanding budget variances
  7. Use of tourism and hotel labour, material and sales variances to improve profit goals
  8. Using revenue & yield analysis to address key budget variances within hotel sector organisations
  9. Understanding price strategies and tourism & hospitality sensitivities to changing consumer demand
  10. Tourism and hotel case studies supporting revenue and yield analysis
  11. Introduction to feasibility studies – focus on hotel room demand projections
  12. Capital investment decisions linking to feasibility studies

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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