Religious meeting planners no longer have to worry about attendees being zapped with an energy surcharge from your host hotel — if your hotel is a Hilton or Hyatt, that is. The surcharge was instituted in some areas earlier this year to offset rising energy costs that were draining hotels, some of which were already taking a hit from the slowed economy.

Hyatt, which led the pack by dropping the surcharge in July, said in a statement that the decision “was based on apparent stabilizing of energy prices as well as input from Hyatt's hotel owners and guests.”

Hilton agrees. “Our evaluation of energy prices in the markets where the charge has been in place indicates that energy costs appear to be stabilizing,” says Dieter Huckestein, executive vice president, Hilton Hotels Corp., and president, hotel operations owned and managed. “That, combined with the energy conservation efforts we have undertaken at our hotels, has led us to conclude that it is appropriate to eliminate what was always intended to be a temporary measure.”

Hilton dropped the surcharge as of September 1. Marriott and Omni hotels were expected to follow.