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Chapter 2. Forces Affecting Growth and Change in the Hospitality Industry. FORCES AFFECTING GROWTH AND CHANGE. The changes that are occurring now in the business environment are tremendous

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Chapter 2

Forces Affecting Growth and Change in the Hospitality Industry


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FORCES AFFECTINGGROWTH AND CHANGE

  • The changes that are occurring now in the business environment are tremendous

  • Managers must understand the various forces that are driving these changes and affecting their businesses in order to be effective

  • A few of the changes that have impacted the industry just in recent years include terrorist attacks, problems with the supply chain, recession, and disease

  • On the whole, the hospitality industry has responded effectively but some segments, companies and destinations have suffered


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Forces Affecting Growth and Change — Demand

  • Many of the changes that are occurring are affecting demand for hospitality services

  • One of the major factors that is affecting demand is the changing population

  • To understand these changes, it is important to understand the concept of demographics

  • Demographics is the study of objectively measurable characteristics of the population

  • Examples include age, income, level of education, and sex, etc.


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FORCES AFFECTINGGROWTH AND CHANGE – AGE

  • We often hear that “The population is aging” but what does this mean?

  • While it certainly means that each of us is getting older, it also suggests that the oldest segments of the population, as a percentage, are increasing in size


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FORCES AFFECTINGGROWTH AND CHANGE – AGE

  • One way that we can better understand demographics is by segmenting the population – in this case by age

  • Baby Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. The first Boomers turned 60 last year. They range in age from 43 to 61

  • Boomers represent 26 % of the population. More importantly, they are in their “high income” years and are driving much of the economy

  • Boomers represent a large share of overall spending on foodservice, lodging travel and recreation


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FORCES AFFECTINGGROWTH AND CHANGE – AGE

  • Generation X (or GenXers) were born between 1965 and 1975. The first GenXers recently turned 40 and range in age from 32 to 42.

  • At the younger end of this cohort, they are just beginning to establish their careers and beginning to have children (most have children now)

  • Even though they have received a lot of attention of late, they only represent about 14% of the population

  • They are different than Boomers and, perhaps, the first generation to have technological savvy – also the most educated


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FORCES AFFECTINGGROWTH AND CHANGE – AGE

  • Generation Y (or Echo Boomers) represents the children of the Boomers – those born between 1976–1994. They range in age from 13 to 31 (and include most of you).

  • There are 73 million GenYers representing 24% of the overall population

  • The teenage segment of GenY alone represents 21% of overall spending in the US

  • The cohort is characterized by its diversity in makeup and behavior – as a result, psychographics (preferences and beliefs) are commonly used to segment this cohort


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FORCES AFFECTING GROWTH AND CHANGE – AGE

  • The hospitality industry is trying to adjust to these shifts in the population by creating niche markets for younger customers (who have greater discretionary spending than previous generations), young families, and aging customers at the other end.

  • As a result, new concepts are being offered such as “fast casual’ dining and all inclusive packages more geared to families


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FORCES AFFECTING GROWTH AND CHANGE – RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY

  • Both the African-American and Hispanic segments of the population are expected to grow into the future (2050)

  • The Asian-American market is also expected to grow (an increase of 100% in a 20 year period).

  • These changes will have an effect on consumer markets and labor markets.


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FORCES AFFECTING GROWTH AND CHANGE – WORKING WOMEN DIVERSITY

  • This is not new any longer but it is important to note how quickly things have changed in just a short amount of time

  • Up until about 1940, fewer than 25% of women worked outside of the home

  • In 1980, the rate increased to 50% and is expected to increase to 60% over the next few years

  • This also has implications on both the consumer and labor markets.


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FORCES AFFECTING GROWTH AND CHANGE – INCOME DISTRIBUTION DIVERSITY

  • The Middle Class (size and range) is often viewed as a proxy of the range of income distribution in society

  • The Middle Class includes all families (based on household income) ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 per year

  • Most reports indicate that the gap between rich and poor is increasing, that is that the middle class is shrinking and the number of wealthy (as a percentage) is increasing


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SUPPLY DIVERSITY

  • The notion of Supply is important because without access to supply, the hospitality industry as we know it would cease to exist

  • There are several key factors that concern us including land, food and labor. Capital will be discussed later in the semester.

  • All of these factors affect how, where, and how effectively the industry can service its customers.


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SUPPLY — LAND DIVERSITY

  • Land is an important consideration for several reasons: its availability, its cost, and what it produces (food).

  • The availability of “good” locations is decreasing

  • “Good” locations are considered those to be near high traffic areas, near destinations, etc.

  • Note: Locations, however, can be created such as with Restaurant Row in Dallas


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SUPPLY — LAND DIVERSITY

  • In general, land is becoming scarcer because (1) the prime spots have already been developed and (2) environmental pressures have resulted in certain zoning restrictions that prohibit restaurants in some cases

  • All of this is subject to change as new areas develop (examples include Las Vegas and other expanding cities) and as companies look for nontraditional sites. Companies have become much more astute at site development though.


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SUPPLY — FOOD DIVERSITY

  • Food supply concerns have always been present but they are of a different sort now and, more sever in some cases. Operators must consider:

    • Seasonality

    • Effect of weather

    • Overfishing

    • Other effects such as bird flu


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SUPPLY — LABOR DIVERSITY

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) continues to predict increases in demand for labor, particularly for management positions, over the next 10 year period

  • Management jobs, across occupations, will grow 12% through 2010

  • Lodging positions are predicted to grow at a slightly lesser rate

  • Certain factors complicate the labor picture however


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SUPPLY — LABOR DIVERSITY

  • Managers must also consider:

    • Overall employment rate

    • Immigration rates and restrictions

    • Competition for workers among industry sectors

    • Employee turnover – can exceed 100% in some sectors

    • Part time versus full time workers

    • In short, the outlook is good but there will be challenges filling entry level jobs


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