In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 photo, people walk by the Bellagio, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Nearly half of the increase can be attributed to new surcharges and hotels increasing the amounts of existing fees.Some budget hotels charge $1.50 a night for in-room safes.Fees are more established, better disclosed and hotel employees are now trained to politely say no.Three years later, hotels added energy surcharges to cover rising utility bills.Hotels then refrained from adding any major surcharge for several years. But as airlines and car rental agencies made fees commonplace, hotels started to think up new ones, collecting record amounts in each of the past four years, according to Hanson's research.The Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, like many other hotels, bills items to guests' rooms if sensors in the minibar note they have been removed for more than 60 seconds -- enough time, hotels say, for guests to read the nutritional information and make a decision.Hotels are also revisiting resort fees, upping the price, especially at the high-end.So two adults and two kids sharing a room would incur $48.28 a night in resort fees and $40.80 tips – adding 19 percent to the nightly rate.Perhaps nowhere are hotels pushing fees further than in Las Vegas.
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