Energy costs continue to heat up—some hotels are experiencing up to an 80 percent increase in energy costs, according to Kathy Shepard, vice president, corporate communications with Hilton Hotels Corp. in Beverly Hills, Calif. That hurts. It hurts so much that, at press time, major chains like Hilton, Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, and Wyndham had added surcharges ranging from $2.50 to $6 to help them cope with what everyone hopes will be a temporary surge in energy costs. While the surcharges ...

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