Greater Than 15 Percent Increase in Mandatory Resort Fees in Las Vegas at…

Las Vegas is basically shut down at the moment due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic which has spread around the world and caused the decimation of the travel industry in general to the point at which it was at brink of annihilation…

Greater Than 15 Percent Increase in Mandatory Resort Fees in Las Vegas at…

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

…and yet, an increase of greater than 15 percent in the mandatory resort fees which guests are charged has been officially announced at one casino resort property — and that property is The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection, which has the following message posted under the heading Do You Charge a Resort Fee? at the part of its official Internet web site that addresses frequently asked questions:

At The Cosmopolitan, we have bundled everyday essentials into one nightly charge of $39 (plus tax). For stays that begin on or after January 1, 2021, the resort fee is $45. This is automatically added to your bill. It includes:

  • Unlimited local, toll-free and domestic long distance phone calls
  • Fitness center access
  • Tennis court access
  • Complimentary self and valet parking
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

The last time mandatory resort fees increased at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection casino resort property was on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from $35.00 per night to $39.00 per night — not including taxes, of course — and that was when the parking options were first included in the mandatory resort fee.

Other Las Vegas Casino Properties Which Increased Mandatory Resort Fees

Mandatory resort fees at four hotel and resort properties of Caesars Entertainment Corporation had already increased by two dollars from $35.00 to $37.00 per night effective as of Tuesday, March 3, 2020 — and that is not including taxes.

The four hotel and resort properties include:

Summary

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

“You’ve got resort fees in the hotel industry, you’ve got baggage fees in the airline space. None of us as consumers necessarily love it. But what we tried to do is to be very clear about our disclosure.” This is what Arne Sorenson — who is the current president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, Incorporated, whose portfolio includes The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection casino resort property — said last year, basically stating that mandatory resort fees are here to stay.

When I earned my Master of Business Administration degree, I must have missed the part which connotes that the way to win back customers after your business was forced to closed due to an unprecedented worldwide event — such as the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — is to impose draconian measures on them in an attempt to drain their wallets and purses as much as possible.

Will this gamble of increasing mandatory resort fees pay off for the aforementioned hotel and resort casino properties?

We are all in this together.” Yeah. Right.

That I vehemently oppose the implementation of mandatory resort fees, facilities fees and destination fees is no secret to you if you have been a reader of The Gate for years — they should either be optional or eliminated altogether — and I will just let this extensive body of work over the years pertaining to mandatory resort fees speak for me…

All photographs ©2017 by Brian Cohen.


 

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8 thoughts on “Greater Than 15 Percent Increase in Mandatory Resort Fees in Las Vegas at…”

  1. Carl WV says:

    I stick to Caesar properties, with the waived resort fees for Diamond status (via Wyndham). If that ever goes away then no more Vegas trips.

    And if somebody is paying a resort fee don’t call anything “complementary”.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I agree with you about not calling something “complimentary” or a “gift” when you are charging your customer, Carl WV.

      I am surprised that these hotel and resort properties do not charge their guests a service fee for adding the charge onto your bill automatically as a convenience…

  2. geoff says:

    “You’ve got resort fees in the hotel industry, you’ve got baggage fees in the airline space. None of us as consumers necessarily love it. But what we tried to do is to be very clear about our disclosure.” This is what Arne Sorenson — who is the current president and chief executive officer of Marriott International”
    Cool, so following his incredibly stupid logic since I don’t check a bag(“use the service”) the airline lets me out of the fee. I assume I can opt out of his shitty resort too, right? That’s what I thought.

  3. Dom says:

    Only online diploma mills offer a “Masters” (sic) of Business Administration degree.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I done gots my dee-ploma through male order at Diplomas-R-Us, Dom — just by applying for it.

      That place has a-ways to go before it can become a genu-wine diploma mill.

      Thank you for the correction.

  4. Mike says:

    New mandatory “COVID-19 restaurant surcharges” (google it) are also popping up in food establishments with in the USA. If you eat out make sure you check the bottom of your receipt to see if they tacked it on. I’m sure in the future many places hotels, restaurants, salons, rentals etc will all try to tack on something extra, it could be the new norm for a while as they try to catch up and recover.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I believe you, Mike — and I will likely write a separate article pertaining to that practice.

      Thank you for calling it to my attention.

  5. Jerry says:

    The idea of unbundling or tacking on fees or surcharges has got to end. The price is the price. If you can’t sell something for $18.00 then price it at $20.00 and let me compare. It’s not $18.00 plus a $2.00 surcharge. If that was the case then gas should still be $0.30 a gallon with a $2.00 “higher oil price surcharge”.

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