Taxpayers Stuck With Hefty Migrant Bill

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( – According to a New York Times report, New York City’s average daily hotel room rate has jumped 8.5 percent between 2022 and 2023, remaining high in the first quarter of 2024. The increase has been linked to the conversion of hotel rooms to illegal immigrant housing by approximately 135 hotels. 

According to the report, not one of the hotels that had agreed to enter the city’s shelter program has returned to its typical accommodation business, making the city’s hotels more expensive than ever before. 

To stay at the remaining 500-plus hotels, guests will have to fork over — on average — 6.7 percent more (the year-over-year increase) at a time when hotel prices typically drop. 

According to the report, a hotel room in the city averages $230.79, up from $216.38 in the first quarter of 2023. 

The increase can be attributed to NYC operating with 16,532 fewer hotel rooms, which have been transformed to house approximately 65,000 illegal migrants rather than the city’s thousands of tourists and travelers. 

Some hotels have remained in the sanctuary hotel program because of some of the city’s guarantees, which include a room rate of between $139 and $185 per night regardless of whether the room is occupied. 

These rates exclude food and other services the sanctuary city has promised to hotels as part of the $10 billion package it plans to spend over the next three fiscal years for its sanctuary hotel program. 

But it comes at a tremendous cost to tourists. 

As Daniel H. Lesser, co-founder of LW Hospitality Advisors, told the Times, “During peak periods,” it would be a challenge to get a hotel room even in the middle of the week, and for those who do get a hotel room, will be “paying dearly.”

Lesser added that hotel prices are related to “supply-and-demand,” and since Migrants had reduced supply, it facilitated the surging prices. 

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