Last year and in 2009, during the worst of the economic slump, high-end hotels were the most affected segment of the lodging industry. The conference and conventions business that many resorts specialize in was especially hard hit. One result was that people who book business meetings suddenly had pricing power and were able, in many cases, to demand concessions — not just on room rates but on those infernal fees — in exchange for the group business that these hotels needed.

But now, the high-end hotel segment is recovering. For the week that ended April 9, revenue per available room at the two top segments, upper-upscale and luxury hotels, was a combined 15.3 percent higher than the comparable week last year, according to Smith Travel Research. That rate far outpaced the average for the industry as a whole.

Revenue for fees and surcharges this year will probably be a record, exceeding the $1.75 billion that hotels made in 2008, according to Bjorn Hanson, dean of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University.

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