MISLEADING AND DECEPTIVE HOTEL RESORT FEES IN THE NEWS

*A few favorites are in bold*

The Appleton Post-Crescent (January 13, 2018) Investigation Of Hidden Resort Fees Cools Down
http://www.postcrescent.com/story/money/2018/01/13/investigation-hidden-hotel-fees-cools-down/1027702001/

The Las Vegas Review Journal (January 11, 2018) Airbnb Bookings, Revenue in Las Vegas Nearly Doubled in 2017
https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/tourism/airbnb-bookings-revenue-in-las-vegas-nearly-doubled-in-2017/

The Huffington Post (January 11, 2018) Stop Hiding Fees https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stop-hiding-fees-how-companies-can-take-market-share_us_5a56fbd0e4b088f20c395986

Hotel Management (January 9, 2018) 4 Trends To Watch in 2018 That Could Affect Revenue
https://www.hotelmanagement.net/operate/4-trends-to-watch-2018-could-affect-revenue

Disclosing Resort Fees: Transparency is Essential To Avoid Liability (January 9, 2018) The New York Law Journal Disclosing Resort Fees: Transparency is Essential To Avoid Liability
https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/sites/newyorklawjournal/2018/01/09/disclosing-resort-fees-transparency-is-essential-to-avoid-liability/?slreturn=20180011221953

The Bolton News (January 4, 2018) 'Sunshine Saturday' - 6 Top Tips On Most Popular Day To Book Your Holiday
http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/bolton/15808080._Sunshine_Saturday____6_top_tips_on_most_popular_day_to_book_your_holiday/

Smart Meetings (January 2, 2018) You Can Negotiate Away Annoying Hotel Fees. 
https://www.smartmeetings.com/tips-tools/104826/negotiate-annoying-hotel-fees

New York Post (December 30, 2017) 18 Crazy Things That Will Happen in 2018 -https://nypost.com/2017/12/30/18-crazy-things-that-will-happen-in-2018/

Hotel Management (December 28, 2017) 2017's Top Management Trends https://www.hotelmanagement.net/own/2017-review

CBS This Morning (December 27, 2017) "FTC Has Gone Dark" On Fighting Hidden Resort Fees, DC Attorney General Says
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/resort-fee-investigation-ftc-allegedly-backing-off-trump-administration/

The Chicago Tribune (December 27, 2017) What's Ahead for Hotel Guests in 2018? Probably More Resort Fees
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-hotel-trends-2018-fees-20171221-story.html

WiseBread (December 27, 2017) 8 Times Booking Your Own Travel is Cheaper Than a Package Deal
http://www.wisebread.com/8-times-booking-your-own-travel-is-cheaper-than-a-package-deal

BizBash (December 22, 2017) Hotel Trends That Could Take Off in 2018 https://www.bizbash.com/december-22-2017-hotel-trends-that-could-take-off-in-2018-russia-to-still-appear-on-olympic-athlete-uniforms-britney/new-york/story/35007/#.WkkDx1Q-fC8

Hospitality Net (December 22, 2017) New York Hotels Add $25 Nightly Tax to Stays Near Times Square
https://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4086158.html

ABC 7 Detroit (December 21, 2017)  Watch Out For Resort Fees When You Book Your Next Hotel Stay
https://www.wxyz.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/watch-out-for-resort-fees-when-you-book-your-next-hotel-stay

ABC 30 Fresno (December 20, 2017) How To Avoid Hidden Hotel And Resort Fees http://abc30.com/travel/how-to-avoid-hidden-hotel-and-resort-fees/2801933/

The Huffington Post (December 19, 2017) Santa Claus's 2017 Naughty/Nice List https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/santa-clauss-2017-travel-naughtynice-list_us_5a395035e4b0578d1beb737e

CBS Chico 12 (December 18, 2017) Chico State Professor Shares New Year's Travel Tips http://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/Chico-State-professor-shares-new-years-travel-tips-465032033.html

Inc. Magazine (December 17, 2017) In a Few Words, Marriott's CEO Just Offered a Statement That Screams a Lack of Emotional Intelligence
https://www.inc.com/chris-matyszczyk/in-a-few-words-marriotts-ceo-just-offered-a-statement-that-screams-a-lack-of-emotional-intelligence.html

NBC 5 Seattle (December 15, 2017) Travelers, Here's What To Expect in 2018. http://www.king5.com/article/news/nation-now/travelers-heres-what-to-expect-in-2018/465-413fd081-7e51-401a-8024-171ba1732338

The Ledger (December 15, 2017) Budget Travel: Travelers Avoiding Vegas This Year http://www.theledger.com/entertainmentlife/20171215/budget-travel-travelers-avoiding-vegas-this-year

Meetings and Conventions (December 14, 2017) New York City Hotels Tacking On 'Urban Destination Fee' 
http://www.meetings-conventions.com/News/Hotels-and-Resorts/New-York-City-Hotels-Tacking-on--Urban-Destination-Fee-/

Hotel Business (December 11, 2017) HB On the Scene: Riding the Wave of New Revenue Streams
http://www.meetings-conventions.com/News/Hotels-and-Resorts/New-York-City-Hotels-Tacking-on--Urban-Destination-Fee-/

Crain's New York Business (December 8, 2017) Seven Ways Hotels Will Change in 2018 http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20171208/REAL_ESTATE/171209888/seven-ways-hotels-are-expected-to-change-in-2018-adding-resort-fees-internet-of-things-and-even-politics-into-the-mix

Kenosha News (December 7, 2017) Budget Traveler: Las Vegas Struggles in Holiday Season
http://www.kenoshanews.com/life/travel/budget-traveler-las-vegas-struggles-in-holiday-season/article_00c348a7-5e23-5f84-bd8b-058f288c18a9.html

Tech Dirt (December 7, 2017) New York City Hotels Say Obnoxious $25 'Destination Fee' 'Improves the Customer Experience.'
https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=destination+fee

The Washington Post (December 7, 2017) It's Been A Wild year for Travel. What's Ahead for 2018? 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/its-been-a-wild-year-for-travel-whats-ahead-for-2018/2017/12/07/9003aaa6-d6c4-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html?utm_term=.360dd6721572

Class Action Wallet (December 4, 2017) Hotel Guests Allege Wynn Las Vegas Charges Illegal Internet Access Fees
https://classactionwallet.com/hotel-guests-allege-wynn-las-vegas-charges-illegal-internet-access-fees/

Travel Pulse (December 3, 2017) Some NYC Hotels Turn To Urban Destination Fees https://www.travelpulse.com/news/hotels-and-resorts/some-nyc-hotels-turn-to-urban-destination-fees.html

USA Today (December 3, 2017) Hotels Offer Perks If You Book Direct. But Should You? 
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2017/12/03/hotels-offer-perks-if-you-book-direct-but-should-you/913713001/

Inc. Magazine (December 3, 2017) How Hotels Mock Customers With This Outrageous Nickel-and-Diming Trick
https://www.inc.com/chris-matyszczyk/how-hotels-mock-customers-with-this-outrageous-nickel-and-diming-trick.html?cid=sf01001&sr_share=twitter

Legal News Line (December 1, 2017) Wynn Las Vegas, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas Guests Allege Fee for Internet Access was Unlawful https://legalnewsline.com/stories/511281668-wynn-las-vegas-encore-at-wynn-las-vegas-guests-allege-fee-for-internet-access-was-unlawful

Meetings Net (December 1, 2017) Watch Out For Urban Fees
http://www.meetingsnet.com/negotiating-contracts/watch-out-urban-fees

The Telegraph (November 30, 2017) The New York 'destination charge' - and 14 more outrageous hotel fees http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hotels/articles/outrageous-hotel-charges/

The Independent (November 30, 2017) New York Hotels Charging Guests $25 To Sleep Near Times Square  
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/new-york-hotels-times-square-guests-charge-destination-fee-niagara-falls-hilton-starwood-marriott-a8082546.html

One Mile At A Time (November 30, 2017) Hilton New York Introduces Ridiculous New Fee, Calls it an 'Enhancement' 
http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2017/11/30/hilton-new-york-fee/

View From The Wing (November 28, 2017) Hilton New York Has The Dumbest Hotel Fee I've Ever Seen
http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2017/11/28/hilton-new-york-dumbest-hotel-fee-ive-ever-seen/

Hotels Magazine (November 14, 2017) Mandatory 'Resort Fees' Under Attack, Again http://www.hotelsmag.com/Member/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fIndustry%2fNews%2fDetails%2f76508

Hotel Management (November 2, 2017) Resort Fees Back in the Spotlight Due To Marriott, Wyndham Lawsuits
https://www.hotelmanagement.net/operate/resort-fees-back-spotlight-due-to-marriott-wyndham-lawsuits

The Capitol Forum (October 20, 2017) Marriott: Multi-State Investigation into Company’s Use of Resort Fees; A Closer Look at Regulatory Risk Associated with Resort Fees
http://thecapitolforum.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/j/FC4EBD0280DB1E6A2540EF23F30FEDED/60089AD0AA3F39B520B193FBA00ED1DB

Reuters (October 17, 2017) National Task Force of Attorneys General Take on Resort Fees https://content.next.westlaw.com/Document/I869d841fab7211e79bef99c0ee06c731/View/FullText.html?contextData=(sc.Default)&transitionType=Default&firstPage=true&bhcp=1

Lexology (October 6, 2017) How Resort Fees Became An Explosive 2.7 Billion Dollar Issue
https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=f85e01b1-ec9e-4f9a-8fb9-ae96e9651ed8

Skift (October 4, 2017) US Hotel Fees Forecast to Reach 2.7 Billion in 2017 as Stricter Cancellation Policies Take Hold
https://skift.com/2017/10/04/u-s-hotel-fees-forecast-to-reach-2-7-billion-in-2017-as-stricter-cancellation-policies-take-hold/

Lexology (October 3, 2017) National Task Force of 47 Attorneys General Goes After Resort Fees
https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=9b4f1e1a-0b41-4dce-978a-e08a75a2fd35

NBC Nightly News (September 29, 2017) 47 State Attorney Generals Investigating Hotels for Added Fees
https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/47-state-attorney-generals-investigating-hotels-for-added-fees-1058319939617

The New York Times (September 29, 2017) Hotels Rake in Record Fees, and Travelers Foot The Bill
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/travel/hotels-rake-in-record-fees-and-travelers-foot-the-bill.html?_r=0

Market Watch (September 26, 2017) With More Hidden Fees, Hotels Begin To Resemble the Airline Industry
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/with-more-hidden-fees-hotels-begin-to-resemble-the-airline-industry-2017-09-25

The Wall Street Journal (September 22, 2017) 'Resort' Fees Are No Longer Only For Resorts
https://www.wsj.com/articles/resort-fees-are-no-longer-only-for-resorts-1506078000

The Real Deal: New York Real Estate News (September 22, 2017) Hotels Are Hiding Room Rates in "Resort Fees" But The Feds Have Taken Notice https://therealdeal.com/2017/09/22/more-hotels-are-hiding-room-rates-in-resort-fees/

Skift (September 15, 2017) Hawaii Regulators Are Investigating Resort Fees https://skift.com/2017/09/15/hawaii-regulators-are-investigating-resort-fees/

USA Today (September 10, 2017) Just Say No: If Travelers Refuse to Pay Fees https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/advice/2017/09/10/airline-hotel-resort-fees/645353001/

Skift (August 28, 2017) Are Hotel-Fee Initiatives Inspired by What the Airlines Have Accomplished?
https://skift.com/2017/08/28/are-hotel-fee-initiatives-inspired-by-what-the-airlines-have-accomplished/

USA Today (August 20, 2017)  'For Your Convenience' Rarely Is https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/advice/2017/08/20/hotel-convenience-fees/579643001/

ABC 15 Phoenix (August 14, 2017) Consumer Alert: Hidden Fees To Watch Out For When Booking a Hotel
https://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/hidden-fees-to-look-for-when-booking-a-hotel

ABC Phoenix The San Francisco Chronicle (August 8, 2017) The Age of the Resort Fee, And Why It's Not Going Away
http://www.sfchronicle.com/travel/departures/article/The-age-of-the-resort-fee-and-why-it-s-not-11742734.php

The Wall Street Journal (August 2, 2017) Hoteliers Start to Mimic Airlines - Uh-Oh https://www.wsj.com/articles/hoteliers-start-to-mimic-airlinesuh-oh-1501711763

The Chicago Tribune (July 28, 2017) Mandatory Resort Fees Are On The Rise - Again  http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-mandatory-resort-fees-on-the-rise-20170728-story.html

NBC 4 Washington, DC (June 9, 2017) DC Lawsuit Accuses Marriott of Not Cooperating With Case
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/DC-Lawsuit-Accuses-Marriott-of-Not-Cooperating-With-Resort-Fees-Investigation_Washington-DC-427545193.html

Hotel Law (June 7, 2017) DC v Marriott Petition to Enforce Subpoena
https://hotellaw.jmbm.com/files/2017/10/DC-v-Marriott-petition-to-enforce-subpoena.pdf

The Civil Beat (May 22, 2017) Resort Fees: A Hidden Pain for Tourists, A Windfall for Hotels
http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/05/resort-fees-a-hidden-pain-for-tourists-a-windfall-for-hotels/

CBS News (May 5, 2017) 8 Hidden Vacation Costs and How To Avoid Them https://www.cbsnews.com/news/8-hidden-vacation-costs-and-how-to-avoid-them/

USA Today (May 4, 2017) Find A Great Hotel Deal? Check That Resort Fee First. 
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/05/04/resort-fee/101271570/

CBS 5 Charleston (April 7, 2017) Live Five Investigates: Hotel Fees - Do You Have to Pay Them? 
http://www.live5news.com/story/35100277/live-5-investigates-hotel-fees-do-you-have-to-pay-them

The Telegraph (March 15, 2017) The Hidden Fees Costing British Travellers to the US Hundreds of Pounds
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/articles/hidden-resort-fees-costing-british-travellers-to-the-us-hundreds-pounds/

The Sun (March 13, 2017) STATES OF SHOCK Planning a Holiday in the US? This Hidden Fee Could Add 500 Pounds To The Cost Of Your Trip And You May Not Know Until You Get There
https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/3077636/planning-a-holiday-in-the-us-this-hidden-fee-could-add-over-500-to-the-cost-of-your-trip-and-you-might-not-know-until-you-get-there/

Arnold & Porter (February 28, 2017) Resort Fee Case Against Wyndham Moves Forward
https://www.apks.com/en/perspectives/publications/2017/02/resort-fee-case-against-wyndham

The Washington Post (February 25, 2017) Find a Hotel Rate That Seems Too Good to be True? Look for the 'Resort Fee' 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/find-a-hotel-rate-that-seems-too-good-to-be-true-look-for-the-resort-fee/2016/02/25/dbe81194-becc-11e5-9443-7074c3645405_story.html?utm_term=.62ca627aa354

The Los Angeles Times (February 17, 2017) Resort Fees at 10 Popular Las Vegas hotel-casinos Set to Increase
http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-las-vegas-resort-fees-increase-20170216-story.html

Top Class Actions (February 17, 2017) Wyndham Resort Fees Class Action Drops Two Defendants
https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/491094-wyndham-resort-fees-class-action-drops-two-defendants/

The Desert Sun (February 8, 2017) La Quinta to Charge Hotel Bed Taxes on Resort Fees, Generate $360k Annually
http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2017/02/08/la-quinta-charge-hotel-bed-taxes-resort-fees-generate-360k-annually/97672676/

Hospitality News (February 2, 2017) The Slow But Guaranteed Death of Resort Fees https://www.hospitalitynet.org/opinion/4080758.html

Travel Market Report (February 2, 2017) What the FTC Report on Hotel Resort Fees Means to Travel Agents
http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/What-The-FTC-Report-On-Hotel-Resort-Fees-Means-to-Travel-Agents

CNN (February 1, 2017) Hidden Travel Fees and How to Avoid Them
http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/hidden-travel-fees/index.html

The Post and Courier (January 30, 2017) Hidden Hotel Fees Remain a Concern in Many Cities
https://www.postandcourier.com/business/hidden-hotel-fees-remain-a-concern-in-many-cities/article_e1ae20a4-e1ae-11e6-b171-ff6e659b1b8d.html

The Los Angeles Times (January 29, 2017) Travelers Often Pay Taxes, Resort Fees and Parking. Is It Too Large a Burden or a Fair Share? 
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-letters-20170129-story.html

The Points Guy (January 26, 2017) Mandatory Resort Fees Are Really Getting Out of Control
https://thepointsguy.com/2017/01/we-hate-resort-fees/

The Los Angeles Times (January 23, 2017) Those Hotel Taxes and Fees Are Enough to Give You and Your Pocketbook Nightmares. Can You Do Anything About Them? 
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-spot-20170122-story.html

Sierra Sun (January 23, 2017) South Lake Tahoe May Rewrite Law To Address Resort Fee Trend
https://www.sierrasun.com/news/business/south-lake-tahoe-may-rewrite-law-to-address-resort-fee-trend/

Newsweek (January 22, 2017) Travelers Should Fear Rollback of Consumer-Friendly Rules Under Trump
http://www.newsweek.com/travelers-fear-rollback-consumer-protections-trump-545273

The Economist (January 19, 2017) Hidden Fees Charged By Hotels And Airlines Are Bad for Customers and the the Economy https://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2017/01/charge-sleight-brigade

Reuters (January 12, 2017) Hotel Travelers Gripe as Resort Fees Rise https://www.reuters.com/article/us-travel-hotels-resortfees/hotel-travelers-gripe-as-resort-fees-rise-idUSKCN0UQ1MX20160112

The Los Angeles Times (January 7, 2017) White House Slams 'Hidden Fees' Charged by Hotels, Airline and Other Businesses
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-travel-briefcase-fees-20170107-story.html

Fox News (January 6, 2017) 'Hidden' Hotel Resort Fees Come Under Fire in FTC Report
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/01/06/hidden-hotel-resort-fees-come-under-fire-in-ftc-report.html

Consumerist - Consumer Reports (January 5, 2017) Hotels Harm Consumers By Not Including 'Resort Fees' in Room Rates
https://consumerist.com/2017/01/05/hotels-harm-consumers-by-not-including-resort-fees-in-room-rates/

Consumer Reports (September 28, 2016) Watch Out For Unexpected Hotel Fees
https://www.consumerreports.org/hotel-rooms/watch-for-unexpected-hotel-fees/

The New York Times (August 29, 2016) Beware: That In-Room Coffee Might Just Cost You
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/30/business/beware-that-in-room-coffee-just-might-cost-you.html

Travel Market (July 5, 2016) FTC To Consider Ban on Hotel Resort Fees
http://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/FTC-To-Consider-Ban-On-Hotel-Resort-Fees

Conde Nast Traveler (June 22, 2016) Why The FTC May Be Ending Pesky Resort Fees https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-06-22/why-pesky-resort-fees-may-be-on-the-way-out

The Huffington Post (June 19, 2016) Is the FTC About to Ban Resort Fees?
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/is-the-ftc-about-to-ban-hotel-resort-fees_us_5766c68fe4b034ff3eef9e0e

USA Today (May 11, 2016) Which Travel Fees Are Really Necessary?
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/mcgee/2016/05/11/travel-fees/84191756/

The Orlando Sentinel (February 14, 2016) High Resort Fees in Orlando Change Some Tourists' Hotel Plans
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-orlando-highest-resort-fees-20160212-story.html

Peter Greenberg (February 1, 2016) The Truth About Resort Fees  https://petergreenberg.com/2016/02/01/truth-about-resort-fees/

The Orlando Sentinel (January 28, 2016) 'Resort Fees' in Orlando, Elsewhere Add Up Big http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-resort-fees-school-buses-scott-maxwell-20160128-column.html

USA Today (November 2, 2015) New Poll: Travelers Want Hotels to Disclose Resort Fees https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2015/11/02/survey-travelers-hotel-resort-mandatory-fees/74889978/

The Chicago Tribune (September 29, 2015) New Action of Resort Fee Scam
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sns-201509290000--tms--travelpkctnxf-a20150929-20150929-column.html

The Huffington Post (September 1, 2015) Hotel Absurd: When Your Resort Fee Costs More Than Your Room https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-richberg/hotel-absurd-what-to-do-w_b_8068212.html

The Washington Post (July 9, 2015) Is The FTC Doing Enough to Stop Those Mysterious Hotel 'Resort Fees'? https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/is-the-ftc-doing-enough-to-stop-resort-fees/2015/07/09/df8e8a5a-2401-11e5-b72c-2b7d516e1e0e_story.html?utm_term=.1885fd8c172a

The Los Angeles Times (June 22, 2015) Hidden 'resort fees' Can Be A Nasty Little Surprise on Hotel Bills http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-money-20150621-story.html

CBS News (May 27, 2015) New Travel Rip-Off: Hotel Resort Fees
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-travel-rip-off-hidden-hotel-fees/

The Las Vegas Sun (March 24, 2015) Class Action Lawsuit Says Las Vegas Strip Casinos Hid Resort Fees https://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/mar/24/lawsuit-says-las-vegas-strip-casinos-hid-resort-fe/

The Las Vegas Review-Journal (March 25, 2015) California Sues Strip Resorts, Alleges Hidden Resort Fees https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/californian-sues-strip-resorts-alleges-hidden-resort-fees/

The Chicago Tribune (February 20, 2015) Hotel Resort Fees: The Real Story http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sns-201502100000--tms--travelpkctnxf-a20150210-20150210-column.html

USA Today (February 1, 2015) Guests Loathe Them, Yet Resort Fees Are On The Rise https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/2015/02/01/hotel-resort-fees/22549329/

Fox News (August 12, 2014) Some Hotels Are Ditching the Much-Maligned Resort Fees http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2014/08/12/industry-insiders-say-much-maligned-resort-fees-are-major-turn-off.html

USA Today (March 10, 2014) Unhappy With Extra Fees and Surcharges? Try These Tactics https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2014/03/09/fees-surcharges-social-media-campaign-boycott/6233491/

USA Today (January 13, 2014) Travelers Want 'Resort' Fees to Check Out - Permanently https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2014/01/12/hotel-resort-fee-service-charge/4441287/

Las Vegas Sun (May 8, 2010) Resort Fees Catch Guests By Surprise
https://lasvegassun.com/news/2010/may/08/resort-fees-catch-guests-surprise/