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April 13, 2018

Americas: Watch Out for Old “Resort Fees” in New “Destination Fee” Clothing

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Call it an “urban destination fee,” an “amenity fee,” or a “facility fee”—a mandatory fee by any name other than “resort fee” still stings the bottom line of the unwary planner, warns Joshua Grimes, Esq., a meetings industry attorney with Grimes Law Offices. Especially for hotels in cities that are seeing a reduction in international visitors, the urge to add new mandatory fees to bring in more revenues without upping their base room rates can be strong.

The amenities covered under these fees vary from property to property and locale to locale, but can include everything from premium Internet access and food and beverage credits at the hotel’s restaurants, to one-time tours at local tourist attractions. Whatever they cover, the perks won’t come close to the pain for planners who get caught by surprise.

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