Caesars to implement resort fees at Las Vegas hotels

By Danny King
Caesars Entertainment said it will add resort fees ranging from $10 to $25 a night at its Las Vegas hotels.

The fees will cover services such as WiFi, local calls and access to the resorts’ fitness centers. The practice of charging a resort fee is consistent with other Las Vegas resorts, Caesars said.

“This is in response to the increasing demand from our guests to provide a package price instead of the inconvenience of separate fees,” said a Caesars spokesman. “We have spent the past few years analyzing what our guests are choosing to use while visiting our properties, and we have determined that by bundling a few of these services, it is in the best interest of our guests.”

U.S. hotels have been using fees and surcharges as a way boost revenue without sharply increasing room rates.

Last summer, the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies said hotels would collect $1.95 billion in surcharges in 2012, up 5.4% from a year earlier and more than triple the amount collected a decade earlier.

Surcharges also include cancellation fees, early-departure charges and room-service delivery fees. These charges are profit centers, with margins in the 80% to 90% range.

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