Nickle-and-Dimed

RESORT AND AMENITIES FEES, telephone surcharges, minibar restocking charges, automatic gratuities — the list of add-on fees that appear in the fine print of a hotel contract gets longer by the minute.

“I just had a new one last week,” says Gerri Ayers, president of Ayers Meetings & Events Inc., Houston. “It was a ‘passing’ fee to cover the cost of banquet staff passing the drinks on trays to guests. This was in addition to the standard bartender fees and the 20 percent grat

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