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Parking Fees at Hotels in Las Vegas: Fair Game — or Going Too Far?

Gambling is still the cash cow of what keeps the opulent city in the middle of a desert running; but with the addition of other options came a diversification in which other streams of income were derived — especially as more jurisdictions elsewhere passed legislation from which gambling became legal, which created competitive pressure for Las Vegas. Some of those aforementioned options are attractive to tourists and gamblers alike…

…while other options are becoming the bane of success — most notably, mandatory resort fees and parking fees.

In this article which I wrote slightly greater than a year ago…

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Value Added Tax to Be Refunded to Foreigners Paid on Hotel Services in Argentina

The value of visiting Argentina as a tourist keeps getting better and better due to at least three financial reasons which have significantly reduced the cost to enjoy what this country in South America has to offer — which means more money in your wallet or purse.

Foreign tourists who visit Argentina will receive a direct and automatic reimbursement of the value-added tax — also known as VAT, which can be as much as 21 percent — paid on lodging services with debit cards or credit cards issued outside of the country in an effort to attract more visitors to Argentina; as well as boost businesses which cater to the tourism industry.

Mauricio Macri — who is the current president of Argentina and signed the executive order at the Casa Rosada presidential palace on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 — estimates that…

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Ryanair Slashes Bag Fees for Most of Its Customers. Yes, THAT Ryanair.

Ryanair announced that fees for checking baggage have been cut by up to 50 percent for 92 percent of its customers while simultaneously simplifying the number of bag fee options — a reduction from 108 different baggage fees to a mere six — as part of the third year of its “Always Getting Better” programme.

Effective immediately, the following fees will be charged for checked baggage…

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Brazil Waives Visa Fee — and Why More Countries Should Follow Its Lead

Dilma Rousseff — who is the current president of Brazil — has agreed to suspend the requirements for visas between Wednesday, June 1, 2016 and Sunday, September 18, 2016 in what is being known as the “exceptional, unilateral visa waiver” for visitors from certain other countries and regions which purportedly have “a strong Olympic tradition, which have hosted the Games in the past and pose no migration risk or national security risks.”

The 2016 Olympic Games in the city of Rio de Janeiro will occur from…

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$59.2 Billion in Ancillary Revenue Projected For Airlines in 2015

Ancillary revenue projected for airlines worldwide is expected to reach $59.2 billion in 2015 — continuing a trend of increased revenue which has occurred every year since 2010.

Fees which are generated by activities and services implemented by airlines beyond the core purpose of the transportation of customers from one point to another is what yields ancillary revenue. This wide range of activities and services — which purportedly provides more options for consumers while simultaneously more profit for airlines — includes but is not limited to…

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Express Fuel Option Has Spread to Dollar and Thrifty: Charged if You Drive That Rental Car Fewer Than 75 Miles Without Refueling

Both Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental have introduced a new policy at most locations in the United States for your “convenience” known as the Express Fuel option where customers who drive 75 miles or less during a rental of a vehicle will be charged a service and convenience fee of $13.99 — regardless of how much fuel was consumed during the rental of the vehicle — and this policy seems to have been in effect since…

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I Want In on This Resort Fee Nonsense: Open My Own Resort

Let’s face it: hotel and resort properties would not be charging resort fees if people were not paying for them, right? They certainly would not go through the trouble if it were not lucrative, I would think. Resort fees do not seem to be going away soon. If you cannot beat ’em, join ’em — right?

I was thinking about…

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Mandatory Facilities Fee: A Growing Deceptive Trend in Lodging?

I have long been adamantly against the policy of hotel and resort properties imposing mandatory resort fees to the room rate of a hotel, citing that if a guest is required to pay that fee anyway, it should be included in the room rate.

Although the resort fee may be clearly disclosed during the process of booking a reservation for a room at a hotel or resort property — which is certainly legal — the room rate is often advertised without including the mandatory resort fee, usually causing comparisons of the total cost of staying in a room for one night between different hotel properties to be significantly more difficult for the consumer, as illustrated…

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