U.S. Hotel Fees and Surcharges to Reach $2.25 Billion in 2014
The Trend Analysis Report released this week by Bjorn Hanson, Ph.D., clinical professor at the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at the NYU School of Professional Studies, estimates that U.S. hotels will collect $2.25 billion in fees and surcharges in 2014. That is an increase of 6 percent over the $2.1 billion hotels collected in 2013, and almost double what it collected in 2000. According to the report, the increase in fees reflects a combination of 3.5 percent more occupied hotel rooms in 2014 compared to 2013, as well as more fees and surcharges being charged at hotels. Fees are being levied for resort amenities, early departure, Internet access, room service, minibar restocking and baggage holding, among others. Group-specific fees include increased charges for bartenders and other event staff, charges for the setup and break-down of meeting rooms, and fees for master folio billing.