ENERGY COSTS

While energy costs skyrocket, hotel guest rooms are filled with TVs blaring, laptops tapping, and air conditioners humming. In fact, some hotels are experiencing up to an 80 percent increase in energy costs, according to Kathy Shepard, vice president, corporate communications with Hilton Hotels Corp. in Beverly Hills, Calif.

That hurts.

It hurts so much that, at press time, major chains, including Hilton, Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, and Wyndham, had added surcharges to help the

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