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Sen. McCaskill’s War on Hidden Resort Fees: 5 Hotel Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 26-Mar. 3

Hotel & Resort | Michael Isenbek | March 05, 2016

Sen. McCaskill’s War on Hidden Resort Fees: 5 Hotel Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 26-Mar. 3

Photo courtesy of One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos Resort

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is on a mission to eradicate hidden resort fees. In the wake of Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez's plea for Congressional intervention, McCaskill has introduced a bill that would require advertised room rates to be the full price, with no extra costs concealed. It’s an ongoing battle, click to read more about how these fees impact the consumer and travel agents and also to get the hotel industry’s take.

Call it a failed experiment, but with useful results. After a trial run, Hilton Worldwide will not be instituting a $50 anytime cancellation fee. Reviewing the findings, Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta said “customers hated it,” (something he anticipated), but wants them to understand, “if you want total flexibility, there's a price for that and if you want a better price, then you're going to have less flexibility." Click for more about Hilton’s changing room cancellation policy.

Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood just surpassed a major hurdle — the U.S. and Canadian governments have declared that the sale doesn’t violate anti-trust laws. European Union approval still waits, along with a meeting of both company’s stockholders at the end of March. If there are no bumps in the road from this point forward, the deal could be finalized sometime this summer. Click for details.

Mexico’s collection of beautiful high-end hotels and resorts received a number of accolades from the legendary Forbes Travel Guide on its 58th worldwide Star Rating list. Riviera Maya and Los Cabos each have a pair of Five-Star accommodations, and that’s just for starters. Click to find out the other Mexican hotels and resorts that dazzled the discerning eyes at Forbes.

Hyatt has introduced its13th brand, the Unbound Collection by Hyatt. Encompassing four- and five-star luxury properties, what makes this brand unique is the emphasis on unique stays that generate “social currency.” As Hyatt's Global Chief Marketing Officer Maryam Banikarim told TravelPulse, “we wanted to find hotels and other stays that would allow for people to naturally have a story to tell.” One initial location is rumored to have a ghost, while another was a setting for a famous Elvis Presley movie. Click to learn more.


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