Barrage of Fees Is Starting To Follow Fliers to the Hotel

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    While a lot of attention has been focused on fees the airlines are piling on to basic fares, the hotel business has also been steadily gaining revenue from adding charges to the basic room rate.

    This year, hotels in the United States will collect an estimated $2.1 billion in fees and surcharges, up from $2 billion in 2012, according to a new analysis by the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University.

    Of course, that’s small potatoes compared with the airline industry’s revenue from fees, which totaled $6 billion last year just in charges for checked bags and for changing an itinerary. Still, “the airline industry has created great cover that has emboldened the hotel industry,” said Bjorn Hanson, the divisional dean at the center.

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