High energy and oil costs have directly
impacted Jamaica's hotels, according to the Jamaica Hotel &
Tourist Association, which announced it will support an occupancy
surcharge intended to help its members combat the rising costs.
Effective Dec. 15
(the official start of the peak winter season), hotels in Jamaica
will have the option of adding a surcharge to their nightly room
rates, with the amount to be determined by each
Hotels have been
advised to base the amount on market assessment and cost structure,
but a maximum surcharge of $10 per room, per night, is recommended,
according to the JHTA.
JHTA president, said that the ever-increasing price of crude oil
posed a threat to the profitability of hotel businesses.
"We have been
experiencing increases in the price of a barrel of approximately
53% since January 2007," Cummings said. He recommended that the
surcharge be removed in the event that oil prices come
The Jamaica Tourist
Board is working to publicize surcharge details to travelers and
industry representatives as quickly as possible.
"With the winter
season imminent, we are making every effort to inform visitors via
our partners about this surcharge prior to travel," said Basil
Smith, director of tourism.
Web site at www.visitjamaica.com will contain an announcement
regarding the surcharge; in addition, the JTB will issue alerts to
tour operator and travel agent partners.
"As JHTA members
respond, we will communicate further with the trade," Smith
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