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U.S. Govt Moves Against Resort Fees, Caesars Raises Theirs

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 3rd March 2016 9:04am
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No Resort Fees

In related news U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo), former chair of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, has introduced a bill - the Truth in Hotel Advertising Act of 2016 - to the Senate that will require hotels to disclose all fees in advertised pricing up front, prohibiting hidden, fine print or otherwise obfuscated add-on fees.

No person with respect to whom the Federal Trade Commission is empowered under section 5(a)(2) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 45(a)(2)) may advertise in interstate commerce a rate for a hotel room that does not include all required fees other than taxes and fees imposed by a government.

Good luck with that.

Earlier this week, Caesars Entertainment upped resort fees at Caesars Palace, the Nobu Hotel, The Cromwell, Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood from $29/per day plus tax to $32/night plus tax.

These new fees achieve parity with the resort fees charged at competitive resorts in Las Vegas. Wynn, Encore, Bellagio, Aria, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Vdara, Venetian and Palazzo all charge $32/night plus 12% tax per night resort fees. We should probably expect the above mentioned resorts to up their fees to $35/night plus tax as part of the never ending resort fee arms race.

Visit VT's constantly updated list of Las Vegas Resort Fees and Parking Charges.


Comments & Discussion:

Not to start a thing, but when was the last time a Republican introduced a good faith pro-consumer bill?

If Holly Madison were one of the perks of the resort fee, it'd make my $32/night charge feel a lot better.....

People forget that President George W. Bush did a lot of great stuff for green energy. He pushed for the funding that spurred rooftop solar industry and electric car production and provided subsidies to make these technologies affordable for consumers.

What's the over/under on when the resort fees are consistently higher than the property rack rate? Something has to give eventually, right?

I rarely support anything a Democrat proposes, but this needs to pass. Granted it won't because both parties have donor hands so far up their butts, but I'm glad to at least see someone try.

It's a shame that Congress even has to step into this issue, but it really is getting ridiculous.

I can't believe Holly Madison lied to us

How about as opposed to, "Good luck with that." you email your two Senators, and say, "Please vote for Senate Bill 2599"? Just sayin'


^^ good point. i'm guilty of expecting the least from the government.

What I find amusing with this bill is this line "does not include all required fees other than taxes and fees imposed by a government". Since the tax rate is a mind boggling 12% consumers will still find that that their bill is 12% more then what they expected if they are thinking that taxes are included in the price.

Plus the fact the government hates when a business openly separates out the tax costs (other then a receipt).

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