Rainmaker Group Introduces Group Forecasting for Revenue Optimization

Author: Andrea Mane

Leading provider of hotel revenue and profit optimization solutions augments product suite with new tool designed to project future group business demand. (The Rainmaker Group)


“Rainmaker’s automated group forecasting element is the last missing piece of the puzzle for revenue optimization,” said Jamie Peña, vice president of revenue management at Omni Hotels & Resorts. “For us, transient demand is largely short-term, so having the ability to anticipate remaining group business will empower our sales team to price with greater confidence than ever before.”  

“Forecasting any remaining group demand and pickup has always been a time-consuming manual process in both my big-brand experience and certainly from Omni Hotels’ experience,” adds Peña. “Rainmaker is definitely taking the lead in adding science to this aspect of the forecast process, giving revenue managers more of their time back, and creating a new level of value-add to this method.”

The addition of group forecasting capabilities to Rainmaker solutions is projected to drive increased revenues for its hotel and casino clients, that are estimated at a 2 to 3 percent lift, depending on group volume.

Additionally, the optimal group-transient mix that is output from the forecast will help to better inform revenue managers on what their optimum mix strategies should be. Users will also benefit from having a business forecast readily available for their group segments. 

Our automated group forecasting module effectively solves that problem for our clients. In fact, . This is just one example of our dedication to continually improving the data science behind our solutions to improve the revenue management process and help make our customers more successful.”

Key features of Rainmaker’s group forecasting include:

  • Granular forecasts by day and by group segment
  • A displacement module within grouprev® that captures effects of both transient and group displacement on quoted group rates
  • Re-optimization of transient pricing in guestrev® using group projections, instead of on-the-books block, to derive yieldable transient capacity
  • A high-level, forward-looking view of optimal transient and group segment mix
  • Visualization of group and transient demand mix in grouprev® and guestrev®, which easily identifies opportunities for revenue enhancement

Group forecasting will be included for all grouprev® users, as well as those who have both grouprev® and guestrev®. Properties or groups using both solutions will benefit from additional features offered in guestrev® that address transient pricing.


For more information on group forecasting or Rainmaker’s comprehensive suite of revenue management and profit optimization solutions, visit: http://www.letitrain.com/