Resort spas: how are they massaging hotel revenues?

Melih Madanoglu (Division of Resort and Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida, USA)
Sherie Brezina (Division of Resort and Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida, USA)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Publication date: 8 February 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to illustrate financial benefits of spa operations in resorts by developing a spa revenue contribution technique/method.

Design/methodology/approach

This purpose is achieved by utilizing current industry and academic literature in the fields of hospitality and resort management.

Findings

The results show that a hypothetical resort with 300 rooms would achieve a spa revenue per occupied room of $40.08 which translates into additional annual revenue of more than $3,500,000.

Practical implications

One of the implications of this study is that a well‐run spa may contribute approximately US$28 per available room. Another practical implication is that spas are important generators of additional revenue as they may contribute, at times, over 20 percent to room revenue by using considerably less space than resort/hotel rooms do.

Originality/value

This paper derives its value from developing a specific technique to support the common notion that a well‐operated spa makes a significant contribution to resort revenues.

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Citation

Madanoglu, M. and Brezina, S. (2008), "Resort spas: how are they massaging hotel revenues?", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 60-66. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596110810848578

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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