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No Hidden FEES Act Passes in U.S. House

AAHOA and AHLA Applaud Decision

By Jordan Bradley

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Hidden Fees on Extra Expenses for Stays (No Hidden FEES) Act of 2023 on June 11.
The act, designed to improve cost transparency and consistency for guests staying in hotels, motels and other short-term rentals, has been applauded by hotel associations. Both the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the Asian American Hotel and Lodging Association have made fee and pricing transparency part of their legislative priorities in 2024.

“It makes sense for all lodging businesses—from short-term rentals to online travel agencies, metasearch sites, and hotels—to tell guests up front about mandatory fees,” said Kevin Carey, Interim President and CEO for American Hotel and Lodging Association. “That’s why AHLA has led efforts supporting federal legislation to establish a single and transparent standard for mandatory lodging fee displays and an even competitive playing field.”
Laura Lee Blake, President and CEO of AAHOA, said: “Currently, the way prices are advertised across the lodging industry is fragmented and not uniform. This bill provides consumers a transparent and easy-to-understand total price for an overnight stay.”

The No Hidden FEES Act was originally introduced December 1, 2023, and is co-sponsored by U. S. Reps. Young Kim and Kathy Castor. The act is an effort to prohibit “unfair or misleading price advertising” and “requires accurate price listings that include all mandatory and resort fees,” according to Kim.

The act has also been supported by Consumer Reports and the National Consumers League. Currently, the act is in the Senate and has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

“With this legislation, which requires full disclosure of all fees, guests can make better-informed decisions in selecting a place to stay. We look forward to seeing this legislation move forward through the Senate,” said Miraj S. Patel, Chairman of AAHOA.

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