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
The Las Vegas Review Journal (January 11, 2018) 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
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
The Bolton News (January 4, 2018) '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.
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
The Chicago Tribune (December 27, 2017) What's Ahead for Hotel Guests in 2018? Probably More Resort Fees
WiseBread (December 27, 2017) 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
ABC 7 Detroit (December 21, 2017) 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
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'
Hotel Business (December 11, 2017) HB On the Scene: Riding the Wave of New Revenue Streams
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
Tech Dirt (December 7, 2017) New York City Hotels Say Obnoxious $25 'Destination Fee' 'Improves the Customer Experience.'
The Washington Post (December 7, 2017) It's Been A Wild year for Travel. What's Ahead for 2018?
Class Action Wallet (December 4, 2017) 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?
Inc. Magazine (December 3, 2017) How Hotels Mock Customers With This Outrageous Nickel-and-Diming Trick
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
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
One Mile At A Time (November 30, 2017) Hilton New York Introduces Ridiculous New Fee, Calls it an 'Enhancement'
View From The Wing (November 28, 2017) Hilton New York Has The Dumbest Hotel Fee I've 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
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
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
Skift (October 4, 2017) US 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
NBC Nightly News (September 29, 2017) 47 State Attorney Generals Investigating Hotels for Added Fees
The New York Times (September 29, 2017) Hotels Rake in Record Fees, and Travelers Foot The Bill
Market Watch (September 26, 2017) With More Hidden Fees, Hotels Begin To Resemble the Airline Industry
The Wall Street Journal (September 22, 2017) 'Resort' Fees Are No Longer Only For Resorts
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?
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
ABC Phoenix The San Francisco Chronicle (August 8, 2017) The Age of the Resort Fee, And Why It's Not Going Away
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
Hotel Law (June 7, 2017) DC v Marriott Petition to Enforce Subpoena
The Civil Beat (May 22, 2017) 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.
CBS 5 Charleston (April 7, 2017) Live Five 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
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
Arnold & Porter (February 28, 2017) Resort Fee Case Against Wyndham Moves Forward
The Washington Post (February 25, 2017) Find a Hotel Rate That Seems Too Good to be True? Look for the 'Resort Fee'
The Los Angeles Times (February 17, 2017) Resort Fees at 10 Popular Las Vegas hotel-casinos Set to Increase
Top Class Actions (February 17, 2017) 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
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
CNN (February 1, 2017) Hidden Travel Fees and How to Avoid Them
The Post and Courier (January 30, 2017) Hidden Hotel Fees Remain a Concern in Many Cities
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?
The Points Guy (January 26, 2017) Mandatory Resort Fees Are Really Getting Out of Control
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?
Sierra Sun (January 23, 2017) 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
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
Fox News (January 6, 2017) 'Hidden' Hotel Resort Fees Come Under Fire in FTC Report
Consumerist - Consumer Reports (January 5, 2017) Hotels Harm Consumers By Not Including 'Resort Fees' in Room Rates
Consumer Reports (September 28, 2016) Watch Out For Unexpected Hotel Fees
The New York Times (August 29, 2016) Beware: That In-Room Coffee Might Just Cost You
Travel Market (July 5, 2016) 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?
USA Today (May 11, 2016) Which Travel Fees Are Really Necessary?
The Orlando Sentinel (February 14, 2016) High Resort Fees in Orlando Change Some Tourists' Hotel Plans
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
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
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