RESORT AND AMENITIES FEES, telephone surcharges, minibar restocking charges, automatic gratuities — the list of add-on fees that appear in the fine print of a hotel contract gets longer by the minute. “I just had a new one last week,” says Gerri Ayers, president of Ayers Meetings & Events Inc., Houston. “It was a ‘passing’ fee to cover the cost of banquet staff passing the drinks on trays to guests. This was in addition to the standard bartender fees and the 20 percent gratuity added to ...

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