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Check-out times to ease

SOUND sleepers are likely to get more time in their hotel room without having to worry about extra charges as a result of moves to encourage hotels to adopt more flexible check-out schedules.

In the latest edition of professional standards recently issued by China Tourist Hotels Association (CTHA), hotels are allowed to set their own check-out schedules, yesterday's Beijing Times reported.

Previously, hotel guests in China were required to leave their room before midday.

The former edition of the standards, issued in 2002, stipulated that a half-day room rate was applicable for extended check-outs until 6pm and a full rate for late check-outs after 6pm.

The new standards, however, are not compulsory and only serve as a reference, according to CTHA.

They stipulate that hotels should inform clients at prominent locations in the lobby of the check-out time schedule and room rate if changes are made and make sure clients are informed in an appropriate manner.

Analysts say the move would bring more competition to the industry as giving hotels more decision-making power over check-out schedules would help them develop plans to attract customers.

Hotels usually offer luggage storage services if guests are required to leave at noon.


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