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Can hotels draw inspiration from airlines to cope with soaring energy bills?

Friday, 25 March 2022 09:45

There is a spectre haunting hoteliers across Europe: the soaring energy bills that are an inevitable upshot of current international tensions. And they are putting many hotels, also in Italy, between a rock and a hard place. According to a recent Confcommercio survey in January 2021 a five-star hotel’s energy bill was €11,500. Today it is €36,500.

So some particularly creative Italian hoteliers have come up with the idea of a flexible and temporary energy surcharge, along the lines of what airlines have been doing for some time to hedge the volatility of fuel charges. The surcharge would be separate from the room rate, just like the tourist tax, and while it won’t bring prices down it would at least make them transparent and comparable. Clients could see the part of the price based on demand, and the part on external factors like high energy costs, explains Damiano De Crescenzo, general manager of Planetaria Hotels and president of the hospitality section of the Assolombarda Group.

The idea was quickly picked up by other hospitality pros like Giancarlo Carniani, general manager of ToFlorence Hotels and vice-president of Confindustria Firenze, who pointed out that it has already happened in the short-let segment. And Gianluca Capone, the CEO of Italian Hotel Company agrees. But the large hotel chains are keeping mum. For now they don’t see their Italian properties as being any less competitive than those in other countries.

Massimiliano SartiMassimiliano Sarti
Journalist

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