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Resort Fees-Letís tax them!!

Old Mar 11, 18, 10:11 am
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Resort Fees-Letís tax them!!

From todayís Honolulu Star Advertizer......
Hawaii State lawmakers ďhave proposed a tax on the resort fees that hotels charge their guests separate from room rates.Ē
What took them so long??!!
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Old Mar 11, 18, 3:23 pm
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The heck with taxing resort fees, let's eliminate them!
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Old Mar 11, 18, 7:18 pm
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They're trying to balance their budget on the backs of tourists. Sad.
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Old Mar 12, 18, 5:04 am
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Originally Posted by philemer View Post
They're trying to balance their budget on the backs of tourists. Sad.
What's sad about that? Better to tax the tourists than the locals (especially if you want to get re-elected). It's not like tourists are going to stop going to Hawaii because of an extra $20 tax on a vacation that cost thousands.
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Old Mar 12, 18, 5:48 am
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Sad?

The taxes on hotel rooms in many tourist destinations are off the charts. Taxing resort fees makes all the sense in the world because those services would have been taxed in included in the room rate. No reason the state ought to give up revenue because a property chooses to charge fees rather than higher room rates.
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Old Mar 12, 18, 6:56 am
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Indeed, one of the reasons the crack cocaine of resort fees has spread so quickly is that the hotels figured out they aren't taxed. They are 100% profit for the hotels, vs. the room rate. Taxing resort fees would help slow the metastasis, though I'm afraid the damage has already been done.
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They are taxed in some locations like Vegas, but it hasn't slowed the spread there. Some Vegas resort fees are now over $50/night after taxes.
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I'm sorry but I don't want to pay for things I'll never use. Like the Rail Transit Project on OAHU.
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Originally Posted by Low Roller View Post
They are taxed in some locations like Vegas, but it hasn't slowed the spread there. Some Vegas resort fees are now over $50/night after taxes.
Years ago, I extrapolated - jokingly - that there would come a time when the room rate was $10 and the resort fee was $199.

That day is coming. Very soon.
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Old Mar 13, 18, 5:01 am
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Originally Posted by DenverBrian View Post
Years ago, I extrapolated - jokingly - that there would come a time when the room rate was $10 and the resort fee was $199.

That day is coming. Very soon.
As an aside, I love your signature line. It's exactly how I feel about living in Canada - yet here I am
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I have an upcoming points stay in Kauai that I am being charged $160 and $23.07 in taxes on. Seems like it is already being taxed to me.
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Our corrupt local politicians are hell bent on killing the golden goose... Hotel tax in general has gone over 10% starting in 2018 (and that's not including the 4.7% Oahu/4.2% neighbor islands sales tax)
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Old Mar 14, 18, 10:32 am
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See this post for more in depth explanation of current and proposed hospitality taxes....

Hawaii Resort Fees Tax Increase - Jeffsetter Travel
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Old Mar 14, 18, 1:59 pm
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Hotel occupancy rates are forecast to be flat in 2018 after record highs in 2017. Keep raising fees and taxes, taxes on those fees and at some point it becomes that proverbial back breaking straw. There is also legislation under discussion on the Big Island to limit the number of private homes available for short term rental. Things are starting to get interesting in paradise...
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Originally Posted by Shagboy View Post
Hotel occupancy rates are forecast to be flat in 2018 after record highs in 2017. Keep raising fees and taxes, taxes on those fees and at some point it becomes that proverbial back breaking straw. There is also legislation under discussion on the Big Island to limit the number of private homes available for short term rental. Things are starting to get interesting in paradise...
so... are you saying that occupancy rates were very high in 2017 and are now going to remain at the same level? That sounds pretty good to me....
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