Hotels and vacation destinations across the country are scrambling to stay on top of hotel inventory and make room for the influx of guests, and hotel occupancy in particular.
Some hotel chains have been scrambling to make room in their stockrooms as well.
In Florida, it’s the hotel industry that’s on the hot seat.
With the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announcing it’s reviewing the occupancy standards for hotels, it seems hotel chains are looking to do whatever they can to stay ahead of the curve, and they’re scrambling to find room for all their guests.
Hotel occupancy standards vary by hotel, but some rules are very simple.
If a hotel can’t accommodate all their rooms, it must rent a room to one of its guests.
And if a hotel is renting too much space, they can request a reduction in room rates to offset the cost of space.
Hotels must provide a room service to guests for every guest who stays in a room.
If that service is not available to the guests, the hotel must reimburse the guest for the cost.
For example, if a room is available at $60 a night and a guest is expected to stay at least 90 minutes, the company is required to provide room service at $40 per person.
If the guest stays 90 minutes and is not provided a room, the room is considered a “luxury” room and the company must reimburse $20 for each hour it remains unused.
There are a few hotels that are being criticized for this policy, and some hotels have taken a stand.
In addition to the hotel chain that is currently facing this review, two other major hotel chains, Hilton and Marriott, have been ordered to make changes to their occupancy standards.
In the past year, we’ve seen hotel occupancy rates increase for many hotels across the nation.
This is the same year that many hotel chains introduced new occupancy standards that made room rates even lower.
Many of the new occupancy rules have been criticized for making room more expensive and having a negative impact on the economy, especially for the poor and elderly.