Effective Dec. 15, hotels in Jamaica will
have the option of adding an energy surcharge to their daily rates
to help combat the rising costs of energy and oil, according to the
Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, which supports the
In what is believed
to be the first destination-wide surcharge for land-based
facilities, the JHTA advised hotels to calculate the charge on
market assessment and cost structure but recommended that the
maximum should not exceed $10 per room, per night.
hotels have imposed a surcharge for the past two years, but these
types of fees are typically associated with airlines, cruise lines
and other fuel-powered forms of transportation.
The first to
respond was Sandals and Beaches Resorts, which will roll out a
surcharge on Jan. 1 of $4 per person per night, to a maximum of $8
per room per night, at its 10 all-inclusive properties on the
resorts have no plans "at this time" to institute a surcharge, said
Randy Johnson, chief romance officer.
JHTA president, said that hoteliers had experienced oil price
increases "of approximately 53% since January." He recommended that
hotels remove their fee if oil prices come down.
official Web site at www.visitjamaica.com and the hotel association site at
to post the surcharge information for consumers, agents and
operators, no such notice had appeared
at press time, a day after the announcement.
hoteliers appeared to have been caught off guard by the news.
director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, said the tourist board would
"make every effort to inform visitors prior to travel."
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