In fact, 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, chains including Hilton, Starwood, Marriott, and Hyatt had added surcharges to help them cope with what everyone hopes will be a temporary surge in energy costs. While Marriott only had energy surcharges in its California properties at press ...

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