by Christina Jelski, Travel Weekly | October 03, 2019

Backed by Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska), the Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 4489) would require hotels and other short-term lodging providers to display the full, pre-tax price to consumers as they search and compare options. 

"This bill would require that the prices advertised by hotels and online travel agencies must include all mandatory fees that will be charged to a consumer, excluding taxes," Johnson said in a statement. "It is projected that in 2019, over $3 billion in revenue alone will be collected from consumers due to these hidden fees. Consumers should be able to enjoy their vacation without being ripped off and financially burdened."

If passed, the measure would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general from across the country under the Federal Trade Commission Act.

According to a spokesperson from Johnson's office, the bill has been assigned to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The committee will be responsible for organizing a hearing on the bill, which is not expected to occur until sometime next year. 

The move comes as opposition to resort fees reaches a fever pitch, with the District of Columbia attorney general filing a lawsuit against Marriott International over "drip pricing'" in July. 

Later that month, Hilton was hit with a similar suit by Nebraska's attorney general, who accused the hotel giant of deceptive pricing practices and "charging hidden resort fees to increase profits."